Key West Trip – Must See and Do!

Oh, Key West! I have to start by saying I am native to Florida, which  is actually kind of rare because most people who live here came from somewhere else.  The first time I ever visited Key West was in 2010; now, without fully giving away my age (I am in my 30’s) it’s pretty wild that I had never taken the time to explore this beautiful little town.

Mallory Square is great for people watching – there are tons of people putting on shows whether it is acrobatic cats (yes, feline cats) or someone singing or ripping you off for a $10 coconut, there is so much to see and do down there.  One thing that surprised me was the amount of kids that were there.  Key West has never struck as a “kid-friendly” destination but there were a lot of families and they seemed to be having a good time.

I am sure you have all heard about the amazing sunsets in Key West.  They are just magical!! I recorded a time lapse video of the sunset – it is worth the watch.  You can see the video here. Note, don’t look directly into the sun or you will see spots for a while after, haha.

If you are in search of a beach experience, I do not recommend Key West.  The beaches are beautiful to look at and sit near, however, there are a lot of rocks.  Maybe I have been spoiled with the beautiful Atlantic Ocean in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, along with The Gulf Coast in Naples.  I just personally didn’t care for the beach in Key West.

One of my favorite hidden gems in Key West is Better Than Sex!  Wait! What?  YES!!! It is a dessert restaurant – first things first, how genius is it to have a restaurant that only serves dessert? Yes please!  All of the desserts and drinks are seductively named and they totally live up to the hype.  I have to go there every time I visit the Keys.  Before they moved locations, the restaurant was very dark; I mean so dark that they gave you mini flashlights so you could see the menu.  They really set the tone with the ambience.  While their new location is still quite dim, you can actually see the person/people you are with.

Here are some of my favorites:



What are your favorite things to do in Key West?

42 thoughts on “Key West Trip – Must See and Do!”

  1. Now that’s a restaurant that I can definitely support! I would love to go to a place that serves just desserts. I love desserts anyway I can get them. Hopefully at some point I can get to this place. For the desserts alone I would come LOL.

  2. When we were booking our summer vacay, we almost went to Key West, then at the last minute, we decided to go back to Turks and Caicos. Next time, I’m going to Key West. All the photos look lovely!

  3. I’ve never been to Key West or any of the Florida Keys, but I would love to visit! I vacation in Florida a lot but just haven’t been further south than Ft. Lauderdale yet. That dessert restaurant sounds amazing! We have something similar where I live but it’s more of a cafe vibe with enormous slices of cake and pie.

  4. What a lovely sounding place Key West seems to be I totally NEED to go and try that dessert restaurant as well – I mean dessert dessert and more dessert, it’s like heaven!

  5. We have never been to Key West and it isn’t on our list right now. Really enjoyed reading and learning what all you did and saw. Nice to know what there is to do if we do decide to visit.

  6. ahhh the elusive Key West! I say that because I was supposed to go once and after a series of unfortunate events we simply did not make it. Tht was years ago. I pledged to make it there one day. We shall see if I do but I love reading about it and seeing photos from others.

  7. The first time I went to Key West I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some key lime pie. It didn’t disappoint. Every time I visit Key West, to this day, I have to have it.

  8. It’s been such a long time since we headed there and it would be nice to plan a vacation again. I’ve always enjoyed people watching by the beach or the sea! Also, that Better Than Sex restaurant is my thing!

  9. Oh, I had a photo at that same spot you were back in 2001, lol (first photo). I love Key West and the key lime pies are to die for! When we went with my ex-husband back then, we explored the bars and small shops there. And I could go to that dessert bar too! Such an interesting place to visit!

  10. I have not been to the Keys yet. It looks absolutely amazing though. So fun. I hope that one day we can take a family trip to the keys. I think my kids would love the beach.

  11. I love Key West. One of my favorite places to go. It is dessert heaven for sure. I haven’t been in a while but they use to have a really cool bar called Turtle Crawls. It was awesome.

  12. I’ve wanted to visit Key West my whole life and it just hasn’t happened yet. Hopefully some day, looks amazing and like you had a great time!

  13. I would love to visit Key West!! My sister is not to far from Key West and all she every talk about is how beautiful the beaches and scenery is. I think we need to make a trip down to see her and to visit Key West. Man, the Better Than Sex restaurant sounds like a win, win place to visit.

  14. This looks like an incredible place to visit. From the west coast we definitely love a tropical destination and I’m sure our daughters would enjoy it too!

  15. Oh my, I would love to experience magical and beautiful sunsets on a beach. It has been a while since I actually made the effort to watch the sun go down while on a vacation. I would love to visit that dessert place and try a few of their dishes.

  16. Oh my g! I have never been to this place yet and I guess I need to set some time visiting it. I love sunsets and I will make sure I will be able to see the sunset at Key West! Such amazing sunset!

  17. I really would love to go to Key West some day. Looks like there’s a lot of sunshine and beautiful views to enjoy as well as fun times.

  18. My brother lives in Florida and I was thinking of visiting him this Summer. I will have to check out Key West.

  19. I had to go back and check the names of the places so I can also pay a visit when I will be able to set a schedule for my vacation. I would love to see this with my own eyes too.

  20. Key West looks like a charming place. The sunsets must indeed be magical. Of course not to forget the desserts, seem to be the last word on temptation.

  21. Key West is one of Sweetie’s favorite places to visit. Guess he fancies himself Hemmingway- especially at the bar there. ; ) Personally, BB remembers the Keys when it wasn’t so “modern” and kinda misses the kitsch of those days, but the laid back atmosphere still prevails and that’s the main reason to go isn’t it? BB2U

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