Ultimate RV Destination: KEY WEST
Updated: Feb 21
The Florida Keys are one of the most popular RV destinations in the US. RV reservations in the Keys are difficult to score, as most people book months (or even years) in advance and come for the season, BUT I'll support the idea that last minute reservations are always possible! I've put in endless hours of research on Keys campgrounds, so if you have any questions or are planning to visit, don't hesitate to reach out.
A trip into the Keys is not complete without making it all the way to the southernmost point - KEY WEST! Located closer to Cuba than Miami, the local flavor of this paradise is the perfect collision of outdoor recreation galore, natural beauty, history, subtropical weather, old Florida architecture, vibrant culture and lively entertainment.
This February, we found ourselves back in KEY WEST for the THIRD TIME! We revisited some of our favorites and also a few new stops that we loved.
See our latest video from our February camping stop in Key West HERE.
SUNSET AT MALLORY SQUARE ⭐ FIRST VISIT
This is a Key West MUST! We've been to Mallory Square many times. (The adjacent parking lot is our favorite place to snag a spot.) We've never been at Mallory Square to watch the sunset, so we were thrilled to see it not once but twice during our stay. One day, we enjoyed drinks along the water and watched a cruise ship disembark from the pier. It was so fascinating! We followed it up with dinner on the outdoor patio at Opal's Bistro 245. Located along the pier not far from the water's edge, the setting is amazing. We could see the sunset from our table! Bonus, the food was delicious - highly recommended!
MEL FISHER MUSEUM ⭐ REVISITING FAVORITE
I didn't get any pictures from our second visit to the Mel Fisher Museum, but it is one of our favorites. What an incredible story about REAL treasure hunting and TRUE perseverance! Read more about it HERE.
KEY WEST BUTTERFLY & NATURE CONSERVATORY ⭐ REVISITING FAVORITE
This is definitely one of my favorite places to visit in Key West. Not only do you get to walk freely with a variety of delicate butterflies, exotic birds, and flamingos, but there is quite a bit to learn as well. You'll be surprised just how much you love this enchanting experience.
FORT ZACHARY TAYLOR HISTORIC STATE PARK ⭐ FIRST VISIT
The one thing that the Keys are really missing as a tropical paradise are lots of beaches; HOWEVER, there are still several fantastic beaches to visit in Key West. We chose Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park for beach day. With a very small daily entrance fee, we thoroughly enjoyed the scalloped beach lined with natural rock and sand. The water was a little cool, but we all delighted in a salty dip. Military planes could be seen flying over throughout the day, which I never get tired of seeing. We packed our own beach chairs and umbrella, but they do have some available to rent. There is also a little store and cafe if you forget your snacks.
TRUMAN's LITTLE WHITE HOUSE ⭐ FIRST VISIT
We've never made the stop to check out this small part of American history. This little gem served as the winter house for President Truman, and also hosted several other Presidents in it's time. We didn't take the full tour, but did appreciate the first floor exhibits and exploring the grounds.
EARNEST HEMMINGWAY'S HOUSE ⭐ FIRST VISIT
We've been by the Earnest Hemmingway house many times, but we've never had the chance to stop and visit. We didn't take the full tour but loved visiting the property and finding one of Hemingway's famous six-toed cats. My parents did take the full tour of the house and loved it.
SOUTHERN MOST BEACH CAFE ⭐ FIRST VISIT
The SOUTHERN MOST POINT BUOY always has a long line of tourist waiting to take a picture in front of it. As it is so cool to see, there are also many other ways to enjoy the Southern Most Point. We enjoyed a lovely lunch gazing out over the beach and turquoise water at the Southern Most Beach Cafe. The blackened grouper was delicious!
DINNER @ GARBO'S ⭐ REVISITING FAVORITE
This is one of our favorite places to stop and grab a bite to eat when we're in downtown Key West. We usually stop here for lunch, but this time we stopped for dinner after a day at the beach. The live music was fantastic, and the food was more delicious than ever! They have a very small menu, but you won't be dissapointed. Indulge in a spicy mango hot dog, fish tacos, or poke bowl. Hank's Bar adjoins the property if you need a beverage to wash it all down!
DINNER AT GEIGER KEY MARINA ⭐ REVISITING FAVORITE
Geiger Key RV Park & Marina (just a few miles down the road from our campsite) is also one of our favorite places to eat. It boasts a relaxed island vibe, open air waterside tabes, and fresh delicious fish. (We even took our own catch of mangrove snapper one night, and they cooked it up for us to enjoy a marvelous feast.)
WHERE DID WE STAY? BLUEWATER KEY RV RESORT