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Located on the southernmost point in the United States, famous for its spectacular sunsets, lively nightlife, conch-style architecture, all types of watersports, and several historical sites, Key West is a perfect weekend getaway. Here is how to spend amazing 2 days in Key West and not miss these 10 best things to do!
Amazing 2-Days in Key West – 10 Best Things You Can’t Miss
- 1. Key West At-A-Glance
- 2. Amazing 2-Days in Key West - 10 Best Things You Can't Miss
- 2.1. DAY 1 in Key West
- 2.1.1. Visit Key West Lighthouse and Explore the Keepers Museum
- 2.1.2. Stop for Lunch at Santiago's Bodega and Enjoy Delicious Tapas
- 2.1.3. Check Out Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum
- 2.1.4. Take a Commemorative Photo with the Southernmost Point Buoy
- 2.1.5. Take Part in Mallory Square Sunset Celebration
- 2.1.6. Do a Key West Pub Crawl and Experience Lively Atmosphere on Duval Street
- 2.2. DAY 2 in Key West
- 3. Intrepid Scout's Tips for 2 Days in Key West
Amazing 2-Days in Key West - 10 Best Things You Can't Miss
Amazing 2 Days in Key West – 10 Best Things You Can’t Miss
DAY 1 in Key West
Visit Key West Lighthouse and Explore the Keepers Museum
The Key West Lighthouse is one of the oldest buildings in Key West. It was built in 1825 to help ships entering the port avoid the dangerous reefs.
You can climb to the top of the tower, however, there are 88 iron steps to take before you reach the top, so make sure you are up to it. However, once at the top, you will be rewarded with some great vistas of Key West.
Also, make sure to tour the grounds to see the Keeper’s Quarters which have been restored to their original charm, and view the displays of nautical artifacts, antique furnishings, maps, and vintage photos.
Visit Key West Lighthouse and Explore the Keepers Museum / 2 Days in Key West
Stop for Lunch at Santiago's Bodega and Enjoy Delicious Tapas
I have been to Santiago’s Bodega numerous times and always had a wonderful tapas dinner. Every dish is fresh and tasty, and there are so many choices.
My recommendation is to try beef tenderloin, pear and avocado salad, roman meatballs, short ribs, and brussels sprouts. However, you really can’t go wrong with any other choices. Everything is delicious!
Every dish is fresh and tasty at Santiago’s Bodega / 2 Days in Key West
My recommendation is to try beef tenderloin and pear and avocado salad / 2 Days in Key West
Check Out Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum
Mel Fisher Maritime Museum is one of a kind place that you cannot skip on your first visit to Key West! It is a fascinating place!
“Today’s the day” was Mel Fisher’s mantra and the day was July 20, 1985, when, after 17 years of searching, Mel Fisher and his crew recovered Nuestra Señora de Atocha vessel, which contained millions worth of buried treasure, from the ocean floor just offshore from Key West.
On September 4, 1622, 28 galleon ships left Havana en route to Spain.
Aboard these ships were silver from Peru and Mexico, gold and emeralds from Colombia, pearls from Venezuela, and so much more. The very next day, the fleet was overtaken by a hurricane and eight of these ships ended up on the bottom of the ocean floor.
The most widely known vessel of a fleet of ships that sank in a hurricane was Nuestra Señora de Atocha. At the time of her sinking, Nuestra Señora de Atocha was heavily laden with copper, silver, gold, tobacco, gems, and indigo from Spanish ports at Cartagena and Porto Bello in New Granada (present-day Colombia and Panama, and Havana, bound for Spain. It was a heavily armed Spanish galleon that served as the almirante (rear guard) for the Spanish fleet. It would trail behind the other ships in the flota to prevent an attack from the rear.
After 17 years of searching, Mel Fisher and his crew recovered the Nuestra Señora de Atocha vessel / Amazing 2 Days in Key West
Nuestra Señora de Atocha contained millions worth of buried treasure, from the ocean floor just offshore from Key West / Amazing 2 Days in Key West
Mel Fisher Maritime Museum has several exhibits. No doubt, the 1622 Fleet Exhibit is where you should start. You will see the buried treasures acquired from the Nuestra Senora de Atocha and the Santa Margarita. There are hundreds of artifacts on display that include gold and silver bars, gems, jewelry, coins, and many more.
Another exhibit that you should not skip is Henrietta Marie Exhibit. At Mel Fisher’s Maritime Museum, the Henrietta Marie Exhibit tells the story of an English merchant slave ship that sunk off the coast of Key West in 1700 shortly after selling 190 captive Africans in Jamaica. Discovered by Mel Fisher’s dive time in 1972, the exhibit displays artifacts and information about Henrietta Marie, the Transatlantic slave trade, and Key West’s African Cemetery.
Take a Commemorative Photo with the Southernmost Point Buoy
The Southernmost Point Buoy, located at the corner of South Street and Whitehead Street, is an anchored concrete buoy and it marks the southernmost point in the continental United States, the lowest latitude land of contiguous North American states.
Taking a commemorative photo with the Southernmost Point Buoy is a must!
Take a Commemorative Photo with the Southernmost Point Buoy / 2 Days in Key West
Take Part in Mallory Square Sunset Celebration
Mallory Square is famous for its fun shopping, great places to eat, fun street performers, and above all it is known for its Sunset Celebration.
It is a perfect spot to take a leisurely stroll, and have a drink while watching the sunset. Life can’t be any easier.
Do a Key West Pub Crawl and Experience Lively Atmosphere on Duval Street
A great way to experience the lively nightlife in Key West is to do a Key West Pub Crawl.
It is a 2.5-hour guided pub crawl during which you will visit some of its most popular and entertaining establishments, beginning downtown and then traveling to the historic seaport and back to busy Duval Street.
The tour includes a domestic beer or mixed drink at each of the five locations, plus you will get a t-shirt to commemorate the event.
If you are up to the crazy and rowdy atmosphere, then venture out on your own.
The most popular establishment includes the famous Sloppy Joe’s Bar well-known for hosting thousands of famous patrons through the years, the most celebrated being Ernest Hemingway.
Another place is Flying Monkey’s, which is famous for its frozen drinks.
Next, put The Rum Bar on your list. It is known for its rum of course, but you need to try a mojito or a painkiller here!
Finally, check out The Smallest Bar in Key West. It is a tiny place, and here you need to try their rum run.
Do a Key West Pub Crawl and Experience Lively Atmosphere on Duval Street / 2 Days in Key West
DAY 2 in Key West
Do a Coffee Run to Cuban Coffee Queen
Do an early morning coffee run to Cuban Coffee Queen. Hands down, it is the best coffee you will ever have. It is rich, creamy, and smooth. And then, try out their Cuban burrito, or one of the Cuban sandwiches. Jeez, just writing about it, makes me want to book a flight back!
There are three locations. However, I always bike to the original Cuban Coffee Queen! located at Waterfront, 284 Margaret Street. It is open daily, 6:30 am – 7 pm.
Do a Coffee Run to Cuban Coffee Queen / 2 Days in Key West
Go on a Morning Key West Mangrove Kayaking Tour with Lazy Dog Adventures
Key West Mangrove Kayak Eco Tour run by Lazy Dog Adventures is great! And, what an incredible way to start off your day.
First off, it is an easy-going and relaxing kayak tour winding through the mangroves. The guides are knowledgeable and entertaining. You will learn about this unique coastal environment and hopefully spot some wildlife.
Departure Location: 5114 Overseas Hwy, Key West, FL 33040, USA (At Lazy Dog Adventures, Hurricane Hole Marina)
Spend an Afternoon at Fort Zachary Taylor Beach
Fort Zachary Taylor Beach is my favorite beach in Key West. It is the best place if you are looking for some solitude, to snorkel, or sunbathe. It is like a hidden gem in Key West!
What I like about Fort Zachary Taylor beach is its natural shoreline, which is composed of ground coral instead of imported sand. However, it is tough to walk barefoot on it, so make sure to pack water shoes or flip-flops to protect your feet!
If you like snorkeling then Fort Zachary Taylor Beach is a great place to snorkel.
Also, you can stroll or bike along some beautiful nature trails at Fort Zachary beach. In addition, you can take ranger-guided tours of historic Fort Zachary, which explore the Civil War-era fortifications.
A lot of people come to Fort Zachary State Beach to take photos of the sign that has the distances to different places around the world. So, do not miss it and snap a couple of pictures as well.
Spend an Afternoon at Fort Zachary Taylor Beach / Amazing 2 Days in Key West
Go On Key West Sunset Sail with Sebago Watersports
One of the most amazing things to do is to end the day with a sunset sail.
My top choice is Key West Sunset Sail with Full Bar, Live Music & Hors D’oeuvres operated by Sebago Watersports. It is top-notch! And, they do an awesome job!
Seriously, nothing beats watching a sunset aboard a 70-foot catamaran. To top it off, the appetizers are great, plus there is champagne, wine, a full liquor bar, ice-cold beer, and soft drinks (all included).