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What to Do Now to Get Ready for Summer in Key West

What to Do Now to Get Ready for Summer in Key West

May 15th, 2021 | Key West Events & Festivals

Dreaming of summer? The season is just around the corner, which means it won’t be long until you’re lounging poolside, soaking up the Key West sunshine, and having lazy afternoons with no agenda other than scoring the perfect margarita. To help you prepare, here’s what to do now to get ready for summer 2021 in Key West.

Book Ahead for the Best Savings in Key West

Reserve your transportation and accommodations as far in advance for ultimate savings. Flights, car rentals, and hotel accommodations can fill up fast. Take advantage of The Gates Hotel summer vacation packages and find the perfect escape. From deals exclusive to Florida residents to added perks like parasailing, bike rentals, and a helicopter island experience, book these summer hotel offers directly on our website for the best rates guaranteed.

Get to Know Key West

Don’t wait until you are in Key West to figure out what to do. Our Blog has everything you need to know about the Conch Republic. Get an overview of the island’s geography, find tips for getting in and around (The Gates Hotel offers complimentary shuttle services to and from Mallory Square!), attractions, and the best in drinking, dining, and nightlife. Plan which activities to attend and snag tickets to boat cruises, tours, or museums ahead of time. 

Create a Key West Packing List and Buy your Summer Essentials

Get summer-ready by visiting our Blog for the ultimate Key West packing list. Purchase the essentials (or extras) you think you’ll need. There are many products that are sure to make your trip more fun, relaxing, and stress free. Stock up on sunscreen and make sure you have a pair of comfortable walking shoes, sun hat, and clothes made from breathable fabrics for the hot and humid weather.

Book Your Key West Summer Events

Key West’s summer events and festivals are coming back in new and creative ways this year. Foodies will love the return of Mango Fest Key West (June 23 - 27), Key Lime Festival (July 1 - 5), and the 25th Annual Key West Lobsterfest (August 12 - 15), while anglers can participate in the annual VFW Fishing Tournament (June 18 - 20), Del Brown Permit Tournament (July 18 - 21), Stock Island Marina Village Key West Marlin Tournament (July 21 - 24), and the Robert James Sales S.L.A.M. Celebrity Tournament (September 10 - 12).

For your cultural fix, the five-day I Love Stock Island Festival (June 16 - 20) celebrates the best of Stock Island (just across the Cow Key Channel Bridge from Key West) with an authentic immersive experience of the island’s local community, culture, and art. Hemingway Days (July 20 - 25) returns to celebrate the famed author's literary accomplishments and colorful Key West lifestyle through a Hemingway Look-Alike Contest at Sloppy Joe's Bar, the “Running of the Bulls” featuring look-alikes and manmade bulls, literary readings and presentations, a museum exhibit of rare Hemingway memorabilia, a street fair, and more. 

Key West goes big every summer and you don’t want to miss all these amazing events. Tickets may go quickly, so sign up now.


Booking a trip to Key West this summer? Check out our special summer offers online.

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