Destination Overview

White sand beaches, turquoise waters, coral reef, fresh seafood and vibrant culture are just some of many reasons why a Florida Keys honeymoon is a great getaway. Couples can switch to island time and disconnect from the mainland.

The Florida Keys archipelago is made up of 800 small islands which are often split up into groups: the group of islands farthest north are known as the Upper Keys, below them are the groups known as the Middle Keys and the Lower Keys (Key West is located in the Lower Keys) and the fourth group is known as the Outer Keys.

A honeymoon in the Florida Keys can mean lazing on a lounge chair sipping daiquiris seaside or it can be action-packed with snorkeling, fishing and sailing — couples have the freedom to design their day as they please. Naturalists will have no shortage of wildlife to explore, whether it be a visit to the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory or the Turtle rescue & rehabilitation center in Marathon. Fishing enthusiasts will find paradise in Islamorada: the self-proclaimed sport fishing capital of the world. But if it’s sunbathing you’re after, charter a catamaran for the day and bronze in style.

Visit Key West for fantastic nightlife with bars, shops, and entertainment venues. The area is widely known for its openness and celebration of pride and is a popular destination for LGBTQ couples. The area even has permanent rainbow crosswalks and a 10-day Fantasy Fest celebration hosted every October.

LGBTQIA+ Inclusivity
LGBTQIA+ couples will feel right at home in the Florida Keys thanks to its celebration of diversity and inclusion. Key West is well-regarded as one of the United States’ preeminent destinations for honeymooning couples, and its “One Human Family” motto attests to how everyone is welcome. From LGBTQIA+ accommodations and clubs to gay-owned cafes and restaurants, it is a paradisaical destination for those looking to rest and relax. Plus, there are plenty of activities with an LGBTQIA+ focus, including outdoor sports and The Tennessee Williams Museum.

The honeymoon pleasures extend far outside of Key West, though, with welcoming beaches located throughout the Keys. Adventure seekers will find plenty to love in Key Largo and the quaint charms of Islamorada are not to be missed.

About Florida Keys

Most Romantic Spot in The Florida Keys

Simply put, the most romantic spot in Key West is anywhere you can take in the sunset. The palette of colors that lights up the sky is the absolute perfect Instagram photo, but take it from us – the photos simply don’t do it justice.

Sunset dining at the area’s best restaurants, romantic cruises with specialty cocktails, Mangroves kayaking adventures for two, and innovative water bikes are just some of the ways to take in the scenery. Couples looking for a lively atmosphere should also check out the Mallory Square Sunset Celebrations. These take place each evening beside Key West Harbor and allow couples to enjoy the energetic street performers, view artisans’ handmade wares, and revel in an unforgettable sunset.

Things to Do in The Florida Keys

  • The Keys’ famous Seven Mile Bridge is one of the longest segmental bridges in the world and the centerpiece of the Florida Keys Overseas Highway, It winds throughout the entire island chain. Fun fact: Despite its name, The Seven Mile Bridge is actually only 6.79 miles.
  • Dry Tortugas National Park is one of the most underrated places in the U.S. National Parks System. The park consists of seven islands that are bursting with wildlife above and below the water. Make your visit extra special by arriving via seaplane!
  • Take a selfie together at Key West’s Southernmost Point marker, located just 90 miles from Cuba. The red, black, and yellow buoy marks the southernmost spot in the continental United States. Find it overlooking the Atlantic Ocean on Whitehead Street.
  • Since 1981 more than 23 artificial reefs have been created in the waters off the Keys, mainly through the sinking of ships. Home to many corals, tropical fish, and other marine life, the reefs are ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving adventures.

  • Ascend the 88 steps to the top of the historic Key West Lighthouse to take in one of the best views anywhere. We’ll also throw in here that history buffs should check out the Hemingway Home Museum, where the iconic writer got some of his best inspiration.

Florida Keys Restaurants & Local Cuisine

Seafood lovers rejoice! The Florida Keys features some of the freshest seafood restaurants you’ll likely find in the U.S., with its proximity to the Caribbean offering a hint of delicious spice. What foodies may be surprised to discover is that seafood is just the beginning of the offerings, with renowned Italian and other international favorites in no short supply.

Here are some romantic dining favorites:

  • The jaw-droppingly beautiful sunset is reason enough to make a reservation at Hot Tin Roof. Be sure to sit outside on the deck to take in the harbor views during your candlelit seafood meal, and leave room for a slice of maybe the best Key Lime pie anywhere. The restaurant’s cozy lounge, Stage Door, is perfect for a signature digestif that will enthrall your tastebuds.
  • Offering fine dining by the sea, Latitudes matches sweeping Gulf of Mexico views with an expansive menu of Caribbean and fusion favorites. The al fresco beachfront dining is worth the boat ride to the private island of Sunset Key to visit.
  • Couples looking for variety in a romantic restaurant menu will find plenty to love at Louie’s Backyard. The restaurant has all the seafood favorites you could want as well as numerous vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options, and the sunsets are beyond romantic.
  • Better Than Sex – A Dessert Restaurant Key West lives up to its name. Sexual innuendos abound at this quirky spot, and the intimate setting is the perfect atmosphere for indulging in chocolate cake, Oreo bread pudding, and peanut butter silk pie.
  • Casual but sacrificing absolutely none of the flavorful delights, The Fish House is regarded as one of the area’s finest seafood establishments. The succulent mahi-mahi grouper and yellowtail snapper are second-to-none and make for the perfect laid-back dinner or romantic brunch.
  • Foodies can’t afford to miss the New York Pasta Garden. The mixture of Italian and American influences creates a truly original menu, and the tropical garden dining with live parrots is the cherry on top.

Traveling to The Florida Keys

Where are The Florida Keys?
Comprised of countless islands and linked by 40+ bridges, The Florida Keys is a 125-mile-long chain of islands at the southernmost point of Florida. Fun fact: Key West is the southernmost city in the continental USA and is actually nearer to Havana, Cuba than to Miami, Florida.

Flights to The Florida Keys
Key West International Airport (EYW) is the main airport to access the islands. Visitors can fly to Key West International airport via connections or direct flights from a host of Florida cities.

Florida Keys Weather
The climate of the Florida Keys is classified as tropical. The weather is hot and humid from June to October and relatively drier and cooler from November to May. The Keys are the only frost-free place in Florida.

What is the best month to travel to The Florida Keys?
Late December, right after the holidays, through May marks peak tourist season in the Florida Keys. Travelers who don’t mind a bit of humidity may consider a visit during the summer months in order to avoid crowds and take advantage of better hotel deals.

How long should a Florida Keys honeymoon be?
The variety of attractions and density of restaurants easily allow for a week of romantic adventuring. If time is limited, the driving-friendly spot is perfect for a few days or an extended weekend.

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