Key West as Your First Couples Trip

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By John Wick

Traveling as a pair for the first time may feel exciting yet a little stressful. You want there to be enough for you to do as a couple so that there’s no awkward silence but still have the opportunity to get to know each other better. Key West offers that ideal combination for the ideal first couples trip. Here’s why.

Convenient Location

Key West is the last of the Florida Keys. It gives you the best of all worlds in that it feels like someplace new, exciting, and tropical while also being easy to get to by car, plane, or even boat. There’s no complicated passport or visa needed since you’re not leaving the U.S., which also makes it a great choice for a last-minute getaway. All you’ll need to do is book your hotel, pack a bag, and you’re ready to go. The weather is fairly consistent year-round, so it’s always a good time to visit, whether you and you are beloved want to escape the urban summer heat or windswept winter landscapes. Key West is sunny and warm; the humidity is typically manageable, too.

Wide Range of Accommodations

Whether you choose to indulge in a resort spa or prefer to keep things simple with camping, Key West offers something for every vacation style. High-end properties managed by leading hospitality companies offer on-site dining at luxury restaurants and bars, premium spa treatments, and marina availability. Cozy and charming bed and breakfasts offer the kind of flair that reflects historic Key West, complete with palm tree-filled courtyards and hidden pools. There are also multiple options for motels, vacation home rentals, and campgrounds.

Exciting Activities

Of course, you’ll want to spend time with just the two of you, and many excursions on Key West make that easy. If you’re the sporty type, book a trip to Dry Tortugas National Park where snorkeling is the big draw. People from around the world come to explore the coral reefs, shipwrecks, and abandoned naval pilings dotted with fish. The gentle waves offer high visibility for a one-of-a-kind experience practically in your own backyard.

Fishing is another popular activity, and there’s no need to worry about packing any fishing gear when you book a charter fishing trip with All In Fishing Charters. All you need to do is show up with lunch, sunscreen, and your hat and sunglasses. The friendly and knowledgeable captain knows all the best fishing spots and which fish are in season. And if you happen to make a great catch, there are many Key West restaurants that offer a cook-your-catch menu option so you can share your meal.

Many visitors enjoy the nightly Sunset Celebration in Mallory Square. It’s a nice activity to enjoy before heading out for a night of dinner and drinks. This free and family-friendly event showcases local musicians and performers, with plenty of food and drink vendors, too. Mallory Square is located at the end of Duval Street, which is where many of the area’s most popular shops, restaurants, bars, and art galleries are. Roll it all into a day of shopping, dining, and outdoor adventures.

Delicious Dining

If you enjoy seafood, don’t miss a visit to Eaton Street Seafood Market & Restaurant. It’s located in Old Town Key West, which makes it convenient to get to from nearly anywhere on the island. Eaton Street offers only the freshest fish and shellfish dishes, from grilled lobster to fish sandwiches, fish tacos, and conch ceviche. The storybook Art Deco style makes it easy to spot this restaurant, and the outdoor seating is plentiful. Top off your meal with a trip to Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Shoppe for a slice of homemade pie.

One of the great things about Key West is how well international cuisines are represented. No matter what your favorite type of food is, from Italian to Greek, Thai, Spanish, Caribbean, American Southern, and South American, you’ll find amazing local restaurants that stress authenticity in menu creation for one-of-a-kind flavors. Whether you seek only comfort food or fancy yourselves foodies, you’ll find restaurants you love in Key West. Linger over leisurely brunches, find to-go meals that are ideal for packing on picnics or bike rides, and get dressed up for elegant dinners for two.

Make Your First Vacation Together Memorable

It’s a big step to take that first trip together. When you decide on a destination like Key West, you get the perfect mix of action and relaxation so you can spend time focusing on each other. There’s so much to see and do, with outstanding dining options, comfortable beaches, and scenic views. It might be hard to come home but you’ll have a lifetime of memories to call your own and a beautiful story for your first getaway together.