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What to Do Now to Get Ready for Summer 2022 in Key West

What to Do Now to Get Ready for Summer 2022 in Key West

June 15th, 2022 | 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 2022 in Key West.

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, know how to get from the Key West airport to your hotel, find tips for getting around (guests of The Gates Hotel have access to shuttle service to and from Mallory Square!), and learn all about popular Key West attractions and the best in drinking, dining, and nightlife. Plan which activities to attend and book your tickets for boat cruises, tours, and 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 to survive the summer temps in Key West. There are many products that are sure to make your trip more fun, relaxing, and stress free. So stock up on reef-friendly sunscreen and make sure to have a pair of comfortable walking shoes, sun hat, and clothes made with breathable fabrics for the hot and humid weather.

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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 a nourishing breakfast, savings on parking, and bike rentals, book these summer hotel offers directly on our website for the best rates guaranteed.

Now for a limited time, Sunshine State residents save big with our Florida Residents Escape package. Save on your nightly rate and get exclusive perks like free parking and welcome cocktails upon arrival.

Book Your Key West Summer 2022 Events and Festivals

Key West festivals and summer events are back in new and creative ways this year. Foodies will love the Mango Fest Key West (June 23 - 26), Key Lime Festival (June 30 - July 4), and the annual Key West Lobsterfest (August 11 - 14), while anglers can participate in the Del Brown Permit Tournament (July 10 - 13), Stock Island Marina Village Key West Marlin Tournament (July 20 - 23), and the Robert James Sales S.L.A.M. Celebrity Tournament (September 9 - 11).

For your cultural fix, the five-day I Love Stock Island Festival (June 15 - 19) celebrates the best of Stock Island (just a stone’s throw from The Gates Hotel across the Cow Key Channel Bridge!) with an authentic immersive experience of the island’s local community, culture, and art. Hemingway Days (July 19 - 24) 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 so much more.

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

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Booking a trip to Key West this summer? See summer special offers at The Gates Hotel and see what guests are saying about us:

“Thank you so much for a beautiful stay! We didn't want to leave, EVERYTHING exceeded our expectations. Clean room, beautiful hotel layout, friendly and efficient staff. Most definitely will book again and recommend this place to my family and friends. Great location near all of the attractions but still secluded LOVED IT! The host communication was 100% quick reply whenever we reached out, an awesome host.” - JasHall0603, TripAdvisor

“The Gates is a really good hotel, with excellent facilities. The room was large, clean, and serviced regularly. The poolside bar is well stocked and, without exception, all the staff were super-friendly and helpful. The pool is clean, warm with plenty of sun beds and towels for guests to use. The shuttle service in and out of town is a great service and the staff on reception were helpful at all times. What’s not to like?” Andrew R, TripAdvisor

“Our room was at The Gates but we also used the pool and bar at 24 North. We also had access to the Hilton and Fairview which was nice. The beds were comfortable, room was clean, plenty of towels when we asked for fresh ones. The pools were clean and inviting! The nachos at The Blind Pig food truck are huge enough for 2 people. Right by the gulf and perfect for morning walks! Only 10 min from Duval St. We will definitely recommend and definitely be back!” - lyndsay2022, TripAdvisor





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