Off Season (April-Dec) Key West Hotel Price Heat Map
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Key West Map of hotels in off season. Key West Florida is a sun-soaked mecca for watersports enthusiasts, fishermen, shopaholics, food lovers, and party-ers. Located about 140 slow-moving miles from the Florida mainland, Key West attracts tens of thousands of visitors every month of the year. Key West is the Florida Keys' ultimate party destination and annually hosts cultural events that rival those of a much larger city; among them are Fantasy Fest, the Key West Food & Wine Festival, and WomenFest. There's something for everyone on this two-by-four-mile piece of paradise at the foot of the United States. Key West offers everything from economy to five-star accommodations, late-night street food to the ultimate in gourmet fare, pier fishing to all-day all-inclusive dream fishing trips in the sparkling turquoise waters of the Atlantic. Getting to Key West can be every bit as much of an adventure as the trip itself. While Key West is home to one international airport, airfare directly to the island can be prohibitively expensive. Most visitors fly into Miami or Fort Lauderdale, where they rent a car or are picked up by a Key West transport service and make the unforgettable journey down US-1 through the Florida Keys. Other visitors, usually coming from Florida's west coast, take advantage of the area's ferry services to Key West. The trip takes a little under four hours and the ferries land in Key West around midday. Coming by land, however, there's one way in and one way out - making Key West an alluringly isolated vacation destination. Finding a place to stay in Key West is no big deal; despite the island's small size, there are plenty of resorts, hotels, motels, and B&Bs.
The "season" in Key West usually begins after Thanksgiving (and lasts until April), when winter in the most of the world is just getting revved up and vacationers are seeking one last hot-weather hurrah. Rates during the season vary depending on the type and size of accommodations, but it is usually not difficult to find comparatively good deals throughout the year. A no-fail choice anytime is Eden House, one of Key West's best-loved and most colorful bed and breakfasts. The Reach Resort, one of the island's younger resorts, has gotten good reviews so far and offers plenty of luxury and perks. As one might expect, Key West is also no slouch when it comes to dining. The island is home to every kind of fare, from barbecue to seafood and everything in between. The finest Italian food in the Keys can be found at Mangia Mangia, while the best happy hour specials and appetizers are always at Schooner Wharf. Check out the divine French-Caribbean fusion cuisine at Bagatelle for dinner or head to chic Nine One Five to experience tapas and an excellent wine list. Nowhere else is Key West. Whether staying for a weekend or a year, the island's sultry, salty summer days and hot, heady nights invariably permeate the soul of and residents alike. And it isn't the jet skis, the great catch, the delicious meal, the sexy new dress, or the awesome parties that make Key West so exotic and unique. It's the permanently-tanned, freedom-loving, love-for-all, eternal-summer atmosphere that just can't be found anywhere on the mainland.