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Everything you need to know about the Conch Republic. Keep up on local events, nightlife and activities while in Key West.


From a day trip to Dry Tortugas or a visit to the Butterfly Conservatory, make the most of your Key West trip by getting out and getting active. Here's our guide to watersports, beach activities and more in Key West.

A Guide to Visiting Florida with Kids | Gates Hotel Key West

May 20, 2024

With clear turquoise water, native wildlife, adventure, and outstanding food, the Keys are exploding at its water-sewn seams with family-friendly activities.

Key West Experiences You Have to Book

December 10, 2023

If you and your loved ones are seeking more relaxation, more romance, or more adventure in your lives, what better way to do so than in paradise?

A Jimmy Buffett Guide to Key West

September 15, 2023

Visiting our island paradise? Here’s your Jimmy Buffett guide to Key West, including all the places he lived, loved, and jammed.

The Best Things to Do on Valentine's Day in Key West

February 03, 2023

Key West is full to the brim with heart-fluttering activities to treat your sweetheart - and yourself - to something special.

Family-Friendly Key West

March 30, 2022

Ready for the best. family. vacation. ever? It’s the inspiration your family will find in the things to see and do in Key West that makes our island town feel like the ultimate playground.

Unusual Roadside Attractions Along US 1

January 15, 2022

The Florida Keys are teeming with character! Here are five quirky spots along US Highway 1 to add some more color into your travels.

5 of our Favorite Key West Walking Tours

August 30, 2021

Want to explore the cultural, architectural, haunted, and historical side of Key West? There's a Key West walking tour for that.

Overseas Highway Road Trip Planner: The best stops along the way

July 30, 2021

Here, from north to south, are some of the best places to visit along the famous highway for a true taste of the authentic Florida Keys.

10 Free Things To Do in Key West

May 30, 2021

Live your best life without breaking the bank.

Most Instagrammable Places along the Overseas Highway of the Florida Keys

March 30, 2021

Level up your social media game and be the envy of your followers with these instagrammable places along the storied highway.

10 Lesser-Known Alternatives to Touristy Key West Attractions

February 15, 2021

Whether you’re looking to escape the crowds or simply want to see a different side of town, this tourist-trap free list will inspire you to get off the beaten path.

Golf Cart Rentals in Key West

January 30, 2021

If walking isn’t quite your speed, Key West is abundant with golf cart rental options to get you around town. Here are just some of the many rental agencies around the island.

5 Fun Ways to Have a Low-Key New Year's Eve in Key West

December 15, 2020

Ring in 2021 in festive fashion with these alternative ways to celebrate safely and responsibly.

How to Spend a Day in Key West Like a Local

November 15, 2020

Discover the real Key West through the eyes of a local.

What to Do in Key West While Still Social Distancing

October 15, 2020

From a leisurely trek around town to a snorkel along the coast, Key West provides numerous opportunities for fun while keeping yourself and others around you safe and healthy.

Foodie Stops Along US 1: Fish House, Brewery & Tiki Hut with Mini Golf

February 20, 2020

U.S. Highway 1 is dotted with plenty of Old Florida food joints that serve up the freshest local catch and a whole lot of character. Here are some of our favorite stops along the way to Key West.

Stops Along Highway for Animal Lovers | Gates Hotel Key West

December 26, 2019

There’s a wide variety of stops along U.S. Highway 1 headed toward Key West, from 30-foot tall lobster sculptures to seafood restaurants. Here we’ve rounded up some of the best stops for animal lovers.

Packing Don'ts for your Key West Vacation

December 03, 2019

Travel light and efficient for your trip to Key West.

Where to Swim in Key West

November 30, 2019

Bust out the bathing suit and take advantage of the warm climate in Key West! Here are some suggestions for where to swim around the island.

Strolling Along the Key West Harborwalk

October 22, 2019

Take your pick from poolside bars to turtle races; café con leche to morning-happy-hour mimosas.

Handle the Heat Like a Floridian

September 30, 2019

Looking for ways to deal with the warm temperatures? We have you covered.

Non-Touristy Things to Do in Key West

September 20, 2019

If you’re looking for diversion but less of the cruise ship crowd, take part in these activities around the island.

Staying in Key West Without a Car? No Problem!

June 11, 2019

Discover hidden gems ion foot, pedal around on a bike or use reliable trolley service to get around Key West.

3 Great Bicycle Routes to Get a Feel for Key West

April 29, 2019

Eager to go for a spin but you’re not sure where to? Here are bicycle routes for Old Town, Smathers Beach and Fort Zachary Taylor.

What Do I Need to Rent a Scooter, E-Car or Golf Cart in Key West?

March 25, 2019

Take a load off your feet, round up friends or family and rent yourself a little transportation device to explore Key West.

Shop Local Clothing Boutiques

March 20, 2019

Key West boutiques offer colorful clothes that fit the climate. Shop beach cover-ups, bathing suits, and more.

The Best Key West Museums for History Buffs

February 14, 2019

Key West history is abundant, varied, and always a little quirky. The small island doesn’t lack museums, most of which offer a glimpse into the island’s past. Here’s a look at awesome history museums in Old Town, just a comfortable shuttle ride away from your stay.

Land, Air & Sea: Our Favorite Key West Sightseeing Tours

January 25, 2019

Appreciate all the different viewpoints of the Conch Republic, from dolphin watches by boat to Duval Street via beach cruiser. Here are our favorite tours across the island.

Key West's Best Hikes

December 28, 2018

Key West has it all. In addition to white sand beaches, crystalline waters and some of the best restaurants and bars around, there are also places where you can get off the beaten track. Enjoy the island’s pristine nature at some of our favorite hiking spots.

How to Get From Key West Airport to Your Hotel

November 08, 2018

There’s plenty of affordable ride options at the Key West International Airport, whether you’re traveling with a group or arriving solo. If you’re concerned about connection issues, rest assured: free WiFi is available in the terminal building.

Take a Day Trip to Dry Tortugas

October 15, 2018

Accessible by boat or air, the remote islands are attractive to visitors because of their beautiful habitat and the historic Fort Jefferson. Here's what to expect.

Notable Buildings in Key West's Historic District

September 24, 2018

See if you can spot any of these historic buildings on your walk around Old Town.

The History of Cigar Making in Key West

September 18, 2018

The factories may have moved away, but cigar culture remains ever-present in Key West.

Plan the Perfect Date Night in Key West

September 14, 2018

The world is your oyster when it comes to date night in Key West. Not quite sure what to do? Let’s explore your options.

10 Things to Do in Key West

August 30, 2018

There's a lot of activity packed onto such a small island. Discover Key West with these fun activities.

Key West Profiles: Mel Fisher, Treasure Hunter

August 01, 2018

Who doesn’t enjoy the romance of finding sunken treasure?

Resource Guide for Key West Pups

June 13, 2018

If you’re looking for grooming services, vet care or just a place to pick up cool Key West dog collars, check out our recommendations for your Key West doggo.

Get out on the Water in Key West

June 04, 2018

Leisurely cruises or sport fishing excursions are all within your reach.

Swim, Bike, Run Key West

May 21, 2018

A comprehensive guide to swimming, biking, and running around Key West.

Tips for Setting Sail in Key West

May 14, 2018

Ensure that you vacation plans run smoothly by preparing ahead of time.

Your Key West Sunset Guide

April 27, 2018

Most places in the world probably don’t have a sunset guide — but a Key West sunset is so glorious that it totally deserves one.

Take a Look: Key West Art Galleries

April 25, 2018

Check out local art galleries scattered throughout the island.

Try Your Hand at Watersports in Key West

April 18, 2018

Here are your best watersport options in Key West, from a leisurely day of snorkeling at Dry Tortugas to high-powered jet skis.

Treat Yourself: Wellness & Spa Options in KW

March 22, 2018

A little bit of tender, loving self-care goes a long way.

Best Places to Take Your Dog in Key West

February 27, 2018

Check out our guide to the best places to bring your dog in Key West.


A Look at the Rodriguez Cigar Factory

January 22, 2018

This local cigar factory uses vintage leaves that have been cured, aged and rolled, applying traditional methods of Cuban manufacturing.

Off the Beaten Path in Key West

December 29, 2017

Rent a kayak to spend a peaceful day among the mangroves or see different species of butterflies as you walk through tropical gardens.

The Best Key West Christmas Gifts

December 18, 2017

Shop local this holiday season and check out our Key West gift ideas.

Pet-Friendly Key West

November 06, 2017

Check out you and your pet’s options on the island, from a day at the aquarium to paddleboarding in the Gulf.

Why We Love New Town

October 19, 2017

Here are our favorite perks of New Town.

Air-conditioned + Indoor Activities in KW

October 16, 2017

It’s hot and sunny in Key West, and a piña colada by the pool may not always do it for you. 

3 Tips To Beat The Heat In Key West

August 25, 2017

It’s summer year-round in Key West - and we love it. Most of the time its clear skies and sunshine and temps in the mid-70s and 80s.

5 Reasons to Run the Southernmost Marathon in Key West

August 17, 2017

The Southernmost Marathon in Key West is like no other in the States, and The Gates is a proud host for the event.

3 Scenic Running Routes in Key West

August 08, 2017

At about a mile wide and 4 miles long, Key West still offers its fair share of stunning running trails unlike anywhere else in the U.S. With its stretches of ocean and bright, blue skies, and warm climate, running in Key West probably isn’t what you’re used to at home.

The Fishing Spots You Have to Visit in The Keys

June 07, 2017

Key West and the surrounding islands are a fishing mecca. It wasn’t just by chance that Ernest Hemingway called the island home.

The Most Scenic Spots to Watch the Key West Sunset

April 27, 2017

Key West is famous for its sunset. With its gorgeous hues of orange, red and pink, it’s truly a sight to see, especially when you get to see the reflection on the water.

The Gates Guide to Letting Loose Like a Local in Key West

April 20, 2017

Key West is all about letting loose - kicking back and doing the things a local would do. Of course, what you’ll find on Duval Street isn’t it all that relaxed.

Our Favorite Art Galleries in Key West

March 02, 2017

This is part 4 of our series, “The Gateway to Key West,” featuring local recommendations in the Conch Republic.

Our Favorite Boutiques in Key West

February 16, 2017

This is part 2 of our series, “The Gateway to Key West,” featuring local recommendations in the Conch Republic.