Key West Travel Blog
We’re very excited to welcome thousands of “foodies” to Key West as part of the Top Chef cruise, arriving April 12, 2013 at 7:30 a.m. The cruise is presented by Bravo Media, Celebrity Cruises, Magical Elves and Rose Tours.
If you’re one of those lucky Carnival Celebrity Constellation passengers, we encourage you to book your port excursion as soon as possible–there is more than one cruise ship in port that day, and the most popular trips, such as jet ski tours, snorkeling excursions, glass bottom boat tours and parasailing excursions may sell out before you get off the ship. [click to continue…]
By Landon Russell
One of the intellectual joys of SCUBA diving is the intentional application of practical physics; it’s a sport where the enthusiast benefits from conscientious applications of a simple pressure formula. While enjoying an introductory dive hosted by a fun tourist-guide, a scuba-launch service leaves this science mostly to the discretion of your guide. Becoming a knowledgeable diver and guide requires a working understanding of how changing pressures at increasing water depths also changes how you breathe and process your air. [click to continue…]
By Kathrin Ducos
Traveling requires an investment of both time and money. Naturally, this means that not everyone can travel at any given time. This could present a problem for you if you find yourself ready to hit the road but without a travel partner . . . that is, unless you are open to traveling alone. As you may not have guessed, many people report solo travel as a great pleasure that only gets better with experience. [click to continue…]
Yes, we know most of you want to come to Key West because of the many attractions along Duval Street. But there’s so much more to the island than the bars. We’re surrounded by beautiful, white sand beaches and crystal clear waters. Parasailing, jet skiing, snorkeling, and island tours are just some of the attractions that draw students here year after year.
As reported in USA Today, America’s southernmost city is one of the top 10 requested destinations. “And if you’re thinking of booking a Florida vacation rental around spring break, start searching now. For March, the five most popular spots…are Key West, Orlando, Panama City Beach, Miami Beach and Fort Myers Beach.” [click to continue…]
As The Beatles once said, “All You Need Is Love!” Today we celebrate all different kinds of love…love for our husbands, wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, parents, kids, friends, family, grandparents, grandkids, our pets, even our love of Mother Earth. Even if you don’t have a “significant other,” you can still celebrate. Call someone you care about today and tell them how much they mean to you! And don’t forget to do something nice for yourself today, too. [click to continue…]
Over 500 cruise ships drop passengers in the Port of Key West on shore excursions every year, making it one of America’s top cruise destinations. This February 14th, the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Majesty of the Seas will arrive at 10:00 a.m. for an eight-hour port call. [click to continue…]
By Costa Marcos
Introducing Key West
Key West is the USA’s southernmost settlement, located at bottom end of the island chain known as the Florida Keys. The town is well known for its unique spirit; it harbors a populace which prides itself for free thinking and tolerance. After a railroad connected all the Keys in 1912, and a road in 1938, the town still stood as a a home to the independently minded. [click to continue…]
(KEY WEST) February 3, 2013 – Attracted by the multicultural, laid-back ambience, tropical temperatures and wild bar scene in America’s only Caribbean island, Key West is an increasingly popular Spring Break destination for college students from throughout Florida and beyond. The population of this four-mile long by two-mile wide Island swells with college students between February and April every year. [click to continue…]
We would like to welcome our newest neighbors, a school of eight cow-nose stingrays who have taken up residence in “Stingray Bay,” one of the hands-on exhibits at Key West Aquarium. These stingrays have been de-barbed for your safety, so you can touch and even hand-feed them in the exhibit. [click to continue…]
(KEY WEST) December 20, 2012 – On April 12, 2013, the Port of Key West will welcome around 4,000 passengers, half of whom will arrive on the much-publicized “Top Chef” cruise. Carnival Celebrity Constellation will arrive at the Port of Key West at 7:30 a.m. and depart at 1:30 p.m., giving passengers just a few hours to sample the island’s tourist attractions and culinary delights. [click to continue…]
By Tamara Camden
Key West is a great escape for those who want to experience that island “ting”, but with the modern American conveniences. Key West is known for international tourism, to include the snowbirds from the Northern US & Canada, Europeans, Asians, and even Northern Floridians who want to leave the hustle of city life behind.
Love the water? Then you’ll love the boating options in Key West
Brown, brown, run aground; yellow, yellow will ground a fellow; green, green, go between; blue, blue, come on through! No, these aren’t arcane knitting instructions. If you’re a boater you’ll recognize this mnemonic as an easy way to negotiate buoys in the waters off Key West, Florida. [click to continue…]
We LOVE our scooters in Key West! If you’ve never been, it’s hard to imagine the size of the island. It’s small enough to be cozy (about six square miles) but big enough that you can really wear yourself out if you try to walk everywhere. Parking can be a huge hassle, especially if you’re arriving on a cruise ship with 5,000 of your closest friends, and you all want to go to Margaritaville or the Ernest Hemingway House at the same time. [click to continue…]
We were out running around with the little video camera in Melinda’s cell phone and shot some footage at our electric car rental and scooter rental partners. Our good friend George turned our cell phone footage into a real video. [click to continue…]
Key West travel expert Natalie Hudson believes that Old Farmer’s Almanac’s choice of Key West as the America’s #1 winter city could help boost cruise ship tourism, which dropped as much as 30% over the winter of 2011/2012.
(KEY WEST) October 13, 2012 – The Old Farmer’s Almanac’s 2013 edition names Key West, Florida its #1 place to spend the winter in the U.S., thanks to its tropical climate and total lack of snow and ice. Local Key West attractions expert Natalie Hudson hopes the Almanac’s nod will encourage more cruise aficionados to choose itineraries that include Key West. [click to continue…]
If you’ve never been on a personal watercraft before, you just have no idea what you’re missing or how much fun it is! It’s sort of the seagoing version of a Harley Davidson, but you don’t need a special license to drive one. In just a few minutes your tourguide will show you how to safely operate and maneuver your Jet Ski or Waverunner…and then you’re off! [click to continue…]
Here’s our latest video production, created with footage from a fishing charter we booked for Juan Gomez and his family. Juan was lucky enough to get a powerful Blue Marlin on his hook, and enjoyed fighting with the trophy fish while his family looked on from the deck of the Eva Marie. [click to continue…]
Key West dolphin tours are hugely popular, and are a “must-see” part of any Florida Keys vacation. People just seem to be drawn to these graceful creatures. Bottlenose dolphins are fascinating because of their beauty and intelligence. Though they’re wild, the bottlenose dolphins in the ocean around Key West are frequently curious and interested in the vessels and people sharing the water with them. [click to continue…]
Divers and snorkelers come to the Florida Keys by the thousands every year to explore America’s only live barrier reef, the Florida Reef System. However the reef isn’t the only thing that pulls divers to southern Florida. Before a string of shipwreck-preventing lighthouses was finished around the late 1880s, the reefs around Key West wrecked thousands of ships. [click to continue…]
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How popular is Key West snorkeling? Conchs and visitors spend upwards of $150 million a year at reef-related businesses, supporting thousands of local jobs. Surrounded by warm, shallow tropical waters on all sides, it’s no surprise that the Florida Keys are a magnet for divers and snorkelers year-round. [click to continue…]
Over a quarter million people arrive in Key West on cruise ships during the winter months, and sometimes it seems that every one of them wants to go parasailing. And why not? We’re known for our adventure travel and extreme sports. [click to continue…]