Key West

Key West is a quaint, but quirky island town with a hint of Cuban flavor and a touch of Caribbean flair. Located at the very end of US Highway 1, this southernmost key has always been an international attraction and destination. Appropriately deemed “the Conch Republic,” Key West has proudly preserved its tropical heritage and free-spirited charm, despite its ever growing popularity.

The art, the history, the music, the food– Key West is a mecca of culture. The island’s eclectic inhabitants have all been independent and ambitious in spirit, and have helped evolve this five-mile island to be the ultimate Florida Keys experience. Year-round temperatures make Key West an appealing year-round destination, especially for the boating community.

Key West Marina | Stock Island Marina Village

On the water or off the water, travelers have their choice of adventures in Key West. It’s easy to follow the well- worn path of Duval Street, but here at the Stock Island Marina Village, it’s our obligation to provide you with the best and most authentic experience possible.

Allow us to map out a few highlights for you, while you finish that margarita. We know how valuable island time is, so here is our guide to experiencing the best of Key West.

Art

Art is everywhere in Key West. Talk a walk down the colorful Duval Street and you’ll see art in galleries, restaurants and on every street corner. Several arts and craft festivals set up in Key West each year, and several artisans call Key West home. It’s in the architecture, it’s in the people and it’s certainly in the Key West spirit.

History

Rich in history, Key West offers several museums, sights and landmarks for visitors to explore and learn. Travelers can see ancient treasure lost in local shipwrecks at the Mel Fisher’s Maritime Heritage Museum, or spend the afternoon taking a tour of Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, a former military fortress used in the Civil War. From the natives and the Spanish to the pirates and the military, Key West’s timeline is full of stories to be told.

Key West Lighthouse

Music

Want to catch a live show? While there is no shortage of live entertainment on Duval Street, we recommend you skip the crowds and venture down a side road to catch some jazz at Virgilio’s or a funky band at the Green Parrot. Did we mention the Shrimp Road Bar & Grill has live music every Wednesday through Sunday?

Food & Drink

Slide off the beaten path and spoil your palette at some of Key West’s finest eateries. For breakfast, try some Cuban bread and Cuban coffee at Sandy’s Café. You also can’t go wrong with a fresh baked pastry from Old Town Bakery.

For lunch, head down Caroline Street for Garbo’s Grill, a local food truck serving the best tacos you’ve ever eaten. While you’re on Caroline, quench your thirst with a savory craft beer from the Porch.

Finish your evening by walking down to Bahama Village, where the best restaurants in town can be found. From Blue Heaven to Santiago’s Bodega, your taste buds are sure to thank you later.

Nature

While you’re in the Keys, we encourage you to reconnect with nature as much as possible. Watch the sunrise or catch the sunset. Take a nap under the palms or take a paddleboard yoga class on the water. Stay in the water as much as possible. Explore new depths and even shipwrecks, like the Vandenberg. Celebrate nature. It’s the very reason you’re here.

Key West Sunset Sailing