Everyone should visit Key West at least once in their lifetime. The best time to visit the Key West is between March and May. Situated at the southern tip of the USA, the small island is filled with delights that are awe-inspiring. The year-long sunshine and world-famous sunsets make it the best place to visit any time.
Are you on the lookout for a specific vacation style which includes events? Not a problem! Key West has a great variety of festivals and events to grace all seasons. Tourists flood in to take part in activities such as snorkeling, fishing, and diving. You can stay near tourist attractions like Mallory Square by booking holiday rentals.
Next big question: when should you go to Key West?
Deciding the best time and what to take along is purely based on the season. Each season is unique and has something special to offer. The best time to plan a visit to Key West is based on your individual preferences. Here is how to plan your first trip to the Key West.
Visiting in Summer (June – August)
Key West Summers are the hottest months in the year. Though the temperatures soar up in summer, Key West is a delight for those who enjoy sunbathing or fishing. It’s also the perfect season to indulge in water activities to cool down. Snorkeling, boating, and swimming are some of them. The afternoon showers and cool breezes from the ocean allow you to take walks down Duval. By evening, the temperatures fall making it perfect for dinner dates with your loved ones. Or watch the sunset at Mallory Square. Don’t forget to pack lots of sunscreen lotions along with the flip flops and summer wears.
Summers are not usually crowded in Key West. Tourists who come during this season receive a much better service. In this off season, lodgings are cheaper and easily available. No more long waits at restaurants. Movie tickets don’t get sold out. Various tourist attractions are open. You also get to tour the Custom House museum or Ernest Hemingway Home in peace. Take a ride on the Old Town Trolley and view the attractive spots. Key West Fishing Tournament is the best place for fishing and showcase your fishing skills. You can either watch the performance or register to cast a line on your own.
Visiting in Fall (September – November)
The next great season to visit Key West is during the fall. In September, the temperature remains at the high 80s and comes down to the lower 80s by November end. September is also the rainy month of the year. Remember to get your umbrellas and rain coats. In the evening, the temperature drops slightly to mid-70s.
Plan a trip in October to attend Parrot Heads Meeting by Minds, if you are a fan of Jimmy Buffet. You can relax and listen to live entertainment and music by Parrot Heads that are like minded. For dinner, Louie’s Backyard or Hogfish Bar and Grill offers the best platter of seafood. Key West is the perfect place to spend during the fall months.
Visiting in Winter (December – February)
In Key West, the winter months have an average temperature ranging in the mid-70s. The weather is perfect to get your flip flops and go for a dip in the Mexican Gulf warm waters. By evening, the temperatures reach the mid-60s followed by cool breezes. Carry light jacket or sweater and cotton wears to walk around or go biking.
The holiday during this season is awesome here! The town gets lively with decorations and lightings. Take a walk through the marina to view the Lighted Boat Parades. Each year by mid-December, the town holds the parade. Wait patiently for New Year’s Eve special! You get to be part of the Conch Shell droppings at midnight on Duval Street. Get your dancing shoes in February and go to the Amphitheater in Truman Waterfront Park for the Mile 0 Fest.
Visiting in Spring (March-May)
Most people like to visit Key West during the spring as the weather is perfect. The climate is at not at extremes. The average temperature during these months, ranges from the mid-70s at night to mid-80s during the day. Due to frequent showers, pack in your rain jackets. Don’t forget to pack your sunscreen protection as well.
Spring is the best time to explore the waters and take part in water activities. The local eateries arrive with samples of their menu at the Truman Waterfront Pier. This is for the Taste of Key West festival. Everyone is welcome to take part in the Conch Shell Blowing Contest. The sign up is free and it is celebrated in March each year.
So, what is the best time to go?
Every season has plenty of things to offer and gives you a chance to take part in the island of Key West. Hence, carefully plan your dream holiday as per your likings. What more are you waiting for? Start packing!