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

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

December 15th, 2020 | Activities

Celebrating New Year's Eve this year may look different than years past. That’s not to say there aren't plenty of alternative ways to celebrate safely and responsibly! Ring in 2021 in festive fashion with these five fun ways to have a low-key New Year’s Eve in Key West.


1. Zen out at the pool

Dive into the wonderfully blue waters here at The Gates Hotel and relax. The Gates has an Underwater Library for perfect poolside reading. Grab a classic novel from the front desk and float off without worrying about shriveled pages or runny ink. Books can be splashed on or even taken under! Enhance your poolside post with our ‘1-Hour Sandal Delivery’ from Kino Sandals. We’ve partnered with the world-famous sandal factory in Old Town to have their classic handmade thong-style sandals delivered straight to you at The Gates. Just place an order with us at the front desk or call ahead to have your personal pair waiting for you upon check-in.

2. Cruise into the New Year

If you really want to take in the last day of the year, enjoy a sunset cruise. Fury has a variety of different sails to choose from, from the Commotion on the Ocean with live music to a romantic Champagne Sunset Cruise. This is an island favorite to reflect on the past year and get ready for the New Year. All cruises include light appetizers, margaritas, beer, wine, and Champagne. Book in advance and see your options here.


3. Say farewell to 2020 in a sweat

Get the New Year off on the right foot with our Bootcamp in a Box. The self-guided, instructional workout outlines 30 minutes of cardio blasts like jumping rope, push-ups, and squats with strength training and balance challenges. Grab a box and enjoy on our adjacent lawn. We also have walking and running maps to provide the best routes for a 5k, 10k, or a leisurely stroll to get you soaring into the new calendar year. Prefer to workout on wheels? Grab a beach cruiser and try these bicycle routes to get a feel for the island.

4. Enjoy time with one another

No matter how you choose to spend New Year’s Eve, doing it in good company is an extra bonus. Head to a low-key café for dinner or indulge at one of the best outdoor dining spots in town. Find restaurant recommendations over on our Blog. Wind down with your loved one on a hike through the gorgeous natural ecosystems of the Florida Keys or take advantage of the warm climate with a swim at some of our favorite spots on the island.


5. Get some good rest

Avoid social interaction altogether with a night in at The Gates. Wake up fresh and relaxed to start the New Year. Chill out in a stylish space with WiFi and a 48-inch HD TV, indulge with your morning cup of coffee or evening glass of wine, and get to sleep early in a plush bed. Our guest rooms are equipped with a cozy leather chair, hardwood floors, and original photography.


Ready to ring in the New Year with us?  Choose from our best rates and special offers when you book direct with The Gates Hotel, a Conde Nast award-winning Key West destination.