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Escape the Winter blues in Key West Florida

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With wintry weather setting in around the country, we know many of you are starting to consider winter getaways. With an eye towards the best things to do in Key West Florida and warm, mild weather to enjoy while there, it might just be time to hop a flight and head to the beautiful Florida Keys. 

Hurricane season is over (June - November), and winter temperatures in Key West reach average highs in the mid to upper 70s, with lows in the 60s. That's a far cry from the arctic blasts experience in other parts of the country in January and February!

Located at the southern tip of the Florida Keys Archipelago, Key West has long been a popular winter getaway. It's an area known for its charming pastel-colored, conch-style houses, vibrant coral reefs that are great for diving and snorkeling, and beautiful beaches.

The vibe in Key West in winter is relaxed and friendly, and we know all of the best things to do in Key West this winter to keep you having fun. Winter is a fantastic time to visit, especially when you stay at one of our Select Registry accommodations in the Keys. Both offer a charming respite from the cold this winter, coupled with elegant accommodations, welcoming hospitality, and the Victorian grace Key West is known for. Escape the winter blues and book your getaway to Key West today!

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Best Things to do in Key West Florida

When the fast pace of the holiday season is over, and you find yourself daydreaming of warm, sandy beaches, we hope you turn your attention to the coastal charms and best things to do in Key West Florida. Winter in Key West is unlike any other place in the country, except perhaps Hawaii. 

There are quite a few options when it comes to finding the best things to do in Key West this winter. Start by taking a deep breath of the fresh ocean air, and continue there.  Here are what we consider to be some of the best things to do in Key West this winter: 

  1. Step one as you relax into your winter getaway will be to hit the beach - and there's no shortage of great beaches to enjoy in Key West! Swim, snorkel, sunbathe, and kayak to your heart's content. For a secluded beach that may be less crowded, head to secluded Smathers Beach and on the water - it's by far one of the best things to do in Key West. Whether you want to swim, kayak, jet ski, boat, or sail, there are plenty of options for you.
  2. Nature-lovers shouldn't miss the Key West Wildlife Refuge.
  3. Key West is small, charming, and perfect for biking. There are bikes for rent locally, as well as bike tours you can take if you're interested in learning more about this unique coastal paradise. 
  4. Visit the southernmost point in the continental US, just 90 miles from Cuba. It's one of the most photographed places in Key West. 
  5. Head to Ernest Hemingway House & Museum, where the famed author lived and wrote for more than ten years. 
  6. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a quintessential Key West sunset.  Sunsets here are legendary, and watching the sky alight in color is easily one of the best things to do in Key West. Great places to watch a sunset include Mallory Square's sunset celebration, Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, Sunset Pier at the Ocean Key Resort, or even your private tiki boat floating through the Key West Harbor. 
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Where to Stay in Key West, Florida

Now that we've covered all of the best things to do in Key West let's talk about where to stay!  There are many options for lodging in this popular vacation destination, but our Select Registry Bed and Breakfasts genuinely are the best places to stay in Key West. The accommodations at our Inns are exquisite, and the hospitality is second to none. 

Like all Select Registry properties, these Key West Bed and Breakfasts have passed the most comprehensive inspection in the industry to bring you the reliable quality you can count on.  More importantly, though, they off an authentic slice of life near the heart of Old Town Key West.

Both Inns offer comfortable accommodations in historic homes, offering you a chance to experience Key West as few others can.  Not only that but these Inns are situated near many of the best things to do in Key West.   

There are countless other reasons our Select Registry Bed and Breakfasts are ranked among the best places to stay in Key West, but you'll have to see it for yourself.  It's time to start planning.  Book your winter escape to beautiful, sunny Key West Florida today!

Bed and Breakfasts in Key West

The Mermaid and the Alligator

Welcome to "your home in Key West." Our circa 1904 Victorian home in the heart of Old Town Key West awaits.
Start each day with our delicious full breakfast before venturing out to see what the island offers including beaches, unique restaurants, galleries, and wonderful shops.

When it's time to return, retire to one of our comfortable and inviting guest rooms where wonderful amenities including Turkish bath towels, private porches, bathrobes, and more are waiting. Enjoy our lush and tranquil gardens with water fountains, exotic flowers and birds. At The Mermaid & The Alligator, comfort, serenity, and luxury are perfectly combined for the most enjoyable experience.

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Best Places to Stay in Key West

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The Mermaid & The Alligator

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