Key West Port is one of the most popular ports of call for the cruise industry. Key West’s subtropical climate and unique culture make it a very appealing destination for cruise passengers. Ships have been visiting the Key West cruise port since 1969. Well over half a million cruise ship passengers stop at the Key West cruise terminal each year. The island is rich with art galleries, gourmet eateries, lush tropical gardens, hot night spots and water sport activities.
Whitefield Jack Jewelry Genius is a fun place to shop for unique Key West jewelry souvenirs. For over 25 years Whitefield Jack has been designing distinctive gold jewelry reflective of island life. You will find this charming boutique located on the waterfront at the historic seaport.
Duval Street is the place to go for local and Caribbean artwork. There are several galleries in the area featuring paintings, sculpture, stained glass, jewelry and more.
Fast Buck Freddie’s, also located on Duval Street, is a wonderful department store featuring fine clothing, home décor and unique gift items. The store affectionately dubbed by the locals as the “Southernmost Bloomingdales” has been providing Key West with great merchandise at a fair price since 1976.
Thing to See
Visit the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum to see artifacts from the wreckage of the Spanish galleon, Artocha. The shipwreck was discovered by Fisher in 1985 after he spent 18 years of his life searching for the buried treasure.
Hemingway House, the former residence of the famous novelist Ernest Hemingway is located at the intersection of Whitehead and Olivia Streets. They hold regularly scheduled tours through the house and writing shack. There are 6-toed cats on the grounds that are said to be descendents of Hemingway’s own kittens.
The Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory houses over 50 different species of butterflies, lush vegetation, and tropical birds in a beautiful, climate controlled environment.
Restaurants and Bars
There is no shortage of great dining and drinking options in Key West. Of course the main focus is wonderful, fresh seafood.
The Half Shell Raw Bar, located at the Historic Seaport, is a casual diner renown for its fresh oysters, clams, stone crabs and the like.
The Rooftop Café is a great place to try a slice of the island’s famous Key lime pie. The Rooftop Café is located at 308 Front Street by Mallory Square.
The Green Parrot has been satisfying thirsty Key Westers for over one hundred years. This historic establishment is known for providing great live music and there’s never a cover charge.
The Afterdeck at Louis Backyard overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a beautiful place to sip cocktails while enjoying the view of the Sea. Even visiting celebrities gravitate to this place that is located right next to Jimmy Buffet’s former home.
El Meson de Pepe’s is a delightful Cuban eatery that is located at Mallory Square. It’s a great place to listen to salsa music while sipping one of El Meson de Pepe’s signature Mojito cocktails.