Key West Vacation Rentals – Your Chance to Live in Paradise for a Week or Month
So you are planning a vacation to the Florida Keys. Just so you know that the Florida Keys span over 100 miles from Florida City to Key West. The islands of the Florida Keys are connected by bridges and causeways. The journey through the Keys is impressive, but if you just want to get down to business at mile zero, there is an airport on our 2 by 4 mile island.
Key West was billed as a dirty little town without much to do for many, many years. It wasn’t until more recently that it became such a tourist destination. Today, more than a million people visit the island throughout the year. It is one of the only frost-free cities in the United States and boasts the southernmost point of the continental United States, just 90 miles from Havana, Cuba. Although Cuba cannot be reached from here legally, some swordfishers in the Straits of Florida say that on a clear night you can see the lights of Havana.
If you are visiting for any reason, you probably need a place to sleep. Considering Key West is a party town and the bars don’t close until 4 a.m. M., It could prevent you from finding a place to sleep until just before dawn. Regardless, there are plenty of places to stay for both those on a budget and those wanting top-of-the-line luxury accommodation.
Key West hotels range from unique luxury hotel chain accommodations like Hilton, Hyatt, Crowne Plaza, and Noble to more reasonable hotels like Radission, Marriott Courtyard, Sheraton, and Days Inn. The bottom line is that it really all depends on what you want to see, or if a view matters. My suggestion is to get a map of the island and map out your ideal accommodation based on budget and location. If you like the beach, I can suggest a few: Sheraton Suites, Hyatt Windward, Pier House Resort, Wyndham Casa Marina, and Wyndham Reach Resort.
Inns and pensions
Guest house accommodations in Key West are certainly tropical and can be anything from elegant to extravagant. Many guesthouses and inns that I have seen are unique in style and location. One thing to keep in mind is that guesthouses and inns try to keep the peace for all of their guests, so know that there are probably quiet hours and some of them don’t want you to bring children. I would ask ahead or read on their websites for more information. Some guesthouses and inns that I can suggest: The Paradise Inn, Gardens Hotel, Westwinds Inn, Fleur de Key (gay friendly) and Eden House.
Key West Vacation Rentals
One of the best values on the island for a couple or a family traveling to our island is a vacation rental. Think of it as your home away from home for a week or a month, both types of rentals are available. Many of the vacation rentals on offer are close to all the activities on Duval Street in downtown Key West, some even within walking distance. They are in a homely environment with a living room, a kitchen or kitchenette with all the dishes, utensils and cooking utensils. They offer a refrigerator to keep your drinks and food cold. Some even offer washer and dryer and internet access for extended stays. Best of all for a group of four or more can be a great opportunity to spend more time doing more because the room rate is split and makes it more affordable for most. Some of the vacation rentals offered in Key West are also pet friendly.
Regardless of what you decide to do on your visit to Key West, know that all Key West hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, guesthouses, inns, and vacation rentals provide excellent service and welcome your visit and patronage at our little Island.