Undoubtedly, the Florida Keys top the list of best places for a romantic getaway. Dream vacations are made of clear blue water, sand beaches, and swaying palm trees. For even more fun in the sun, add strolling through a tropical forest, enjoying great food, watching a stunning sunset at the Southernmost Point, discovering Historic District, and island-hopping in the sandbars to your ideal vacation plan. Don’t forget the famous Key lime pie – You can’t come to Key West and not get a Key lime pie!
For your romantic getaway, let’s take a look at the top things to do in Key West for couples.
1) Strolling In A Key West Tropical Forest
Get away from the touristy crowds and spend a couple of hours taking a romantic stroll in a tropical paradise, the Key West Botanical Garden.
The botanical garden is 15 acres of tropical gardens with an emphasis on endangered and threatened trees, plants, and tropical birds. Plants on exhibit are native to the Caribbean, Cuba, and South Florida.
Pick up a map as you enter the garden for information about:
Eight self-guided garden tours
Two wetland habitats
A one-acre butterfly habitat
A waterfall with tropical plants
The hidden pond
The botanical garden is open daily from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
2) Mallory Square
This lively date night activity won’t cost a dime! A couple of hours before sunset, head to Mallory Square, Key West’s most popular venue.
You’ll see street performers entertain the crowd with music, juggling, acrobatics, and dancing. You may even see a few fantastic pet tricks. Market stalls line the square with vendors selling their handmade wares.
The real star of the show is the setting sun. The bright blue sky of daytime slowly turns red, orange, and peach as the sun dips into the Gulf of Mexico. Watching a stunning sunset is a top experience when you are visiting Key West.
3) Explore Duval Street
For a great meal with some tasty Key West food, Duval Street is the place to go.
Duval Street is the main thoroughfare of Key West. It’s lined with restaurants, bars, and boutique shops. Try the popular food of Key West, including:
Conch fritters and chowder
Key West pink shrimp
Cuban sandwiches and ropa vieja
The famous key lime pie
4) Key West Nightlife
After the sun goes down, the party comes alive!
You’ll find most of the festive nightlife on Duval street and the surrounding area.
Music lovers can find dance clubs with DJs leading the party, as well as venues where live music is on tap. If you are looking for a night of dancing, grab your dance shoes and head to Aqua, Durty Harry’s, or the Bourbon Street Pub.
Perhaps your preference for a romantic getaway is a quiet wine bar. Look for places like VIV Wine Bar, Vinos on Duval, Grand Vin Wine Bar, and Funky Rooster.
5) Key West Sunset Sail
Enjoy a world-famous Key West sunset without the crowd! Relax and enjoy a quiet time watching the sunset from the water. Sunset boat tours are available as a scheduled group tour or a private charter.
Scheduled group tours are less expensive and typically limited to small groups to provide an intimate experience, but you are still joining a group. For the perfect romantic getaway, book a private sunset sail. Watch for dolphins and other marine life as your captain navigates the waters in search of the perfect spot to watch the setting sun.
6) Sandy Beaches In Key West
One of the top reasons people visit the Florida Keys has got to be the sandy beaches, and Key West doesn’t disappoint. Most of the beaches in Key West are made with imported sand so that you will have beautiful sandy beaches to enjoy.
Smathers Beach is the longest stretch of sand in Key West. It’s a great spot to spend a day with public restrooms, picnic tables, watersports, and chair rentals.
Higgs Beach is smaller but still offers public restrooms, watersports, and chair rentals.
Fort Zachary Taylor is one of the best Key West beaches, loved by purists because it’s natural and not made from imported sand.
7) Private Key West Sandbar Tour
For the most romantic vacation in Key West, take a private boat tour out to the sandbars. See the stunning sandbars and beaches on an island-hopping excursion.
The experienced local guides with Laid Back Key West boat trips know all the best sandbars in the Florida Keys. Leave the details to us. You’ll be able to relax in the sun at the sandbars, go swimming, and see the amazing marine life.
Bring your choice of food or drinks. The boat will have plenty of ice, water, and cooler space.
Give us a call or book your private sandbar tour with Laid Back Key West boat trips!