Key West is a great vacation destination any time of year. You can enjoy tropical weather, gin clear waters, world class fishing, and so much more! But if this can be enjoyed year round, why come in the summer? Glad you asked!
In my opinion, the summer is the best time to visit Key West because it is the beginning of our off season. That means that there are less people in town. This slower time of year has a ton of benefits.
Benefits of Summer Travel
- Lower hotel rates. This is probably the most attractive benefit for most visitors to come to Key West in the summer. In season, you can be looking at nearly $1,000 a night for a mid-level hotel. But, in the summer months I have seen rates as low as $125 a night plus tax. And, I have not seen rates that low in Key West for years! Take advantage of the discounts here.
- Less need for dining reservations. While some places simply do not take reservations at all, places like Latitudes, Louie’s Backyard, and many others require reservations in season. And, if you have not made those reservations a few weeks in advance, there is a good chance you won’t be eating there at all. The summer months are less busy, so many times you can walk in to dine at these places, or at the very least, make same day reservations.
- More parking available. Anyone that has been to Key West knows that parking is at a premium. I actually avoid going into town when possible in season because it is so hard to find a spot. But, with less people that means finding parking is easier.
- You can pack lighter. While you never really have to pack winter clothing for Key West, it can get pretty cool here in the winter. But, summer time is always hot here. So, other than the potential need for a light rain jacket or a sweater for when the air conditioning is turned up really high in some places, you can get away with very little clothing. Bathing suits and cover ups, shorts, t-shirts, flip flops, and a sundress have pretty much got you covered!
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