Even if you’ve lived together for years, your first trip as a married couple is still a thrilling chance to get away and make memories just for the two of you. Key West is a wonderful honeymoon destination for so many reasons. To begin with, it’s easily accessible. Just a quick plane ride from most major airports will have you in Key West in a few hours. This way, you can start your trip sooner and enjoy all the exciting and romantic activities waiting for you.
World-Class Snorkeling at Dry Tortugas National Park
While the stunning views are typically what makes this destination stand out for first-timers to Dry Tortugas National Park, it’s the activities on the islands that are most memorable. The snorkeling is world-class and appropriate for even novice snorkelers. From wide coral reefs to old shipwrecks, there’s plenty to explore in these crystal blue waters. Walk the old fort, swim at the beach, kayak along the shore, or go birding. However you choose to spend your time on Dry Tortugas, you’ll marvel at the natural beauty and remoteness of it all. Because the park is so popular and there’s only a single ferry that brings visitors from Key West to the islands, be sure to book well in advance of when you expect to travel.
Whether you’ve fished together for years or neither of you has ever been fishing, you can still enjoy this well-known Key West sport. Every year, people travel to Key West just for fishing and it’s easy to see why. There’s a wide variety of fish that pass Key West as part of their travel patterns around and among the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, including mahi-mahi, grouper, mackerel, and tuna. Leave your fishing gear at home–the captain and crew of All In Fishing Charters have you covered. From bait to permits, it’s all taken care of; all you need to do is show up and you’ve got a ready-made adventure for two. And if you need guidance, the crew is ready and willing to help first-timers, ensuring everyone has a good time.
Key West’s culinary scene has been influenced by flavors from around the world for generations. No matter your preferences, you can find the foods you love in Key West and explore new taste sensations. From Italian and French to Chinese, Peruvian, Mediterranean, Mexican, and Southern American, there are restaurants catering to every level of enjoyment, from take-out to fine dining. Of note, Eaton Street Seafood Market and Restaurant, where the conch fritters and lobster roll are the stand-out dishes. And don’t miss the key lime pie from Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Shoppe, where they’re baked fresh daily.
What could be more romantic than a sunset sail off the coast of Key West? Book a tour on one of the many sailboats that offer sunset tours that provide a brief introduction to Key West and its storied history while marveling at the views. Guests are typically served light refreshments, and many boats offer drinks, too. Tour guides are engaging and informative, providing guests with an all-around enjoyable experience that’s a great way to kick off or wind down a special vacation.
If you’ve always hoped for a charming picnic on the beach, the team at Key West Picnic Company has you covered. They’ll craft a curated basket filled with culinary delights, comfortable picnic blankets and pillow for seating–even Bluetooth speakers for mood music. Whether you’d like a sunrise breakfast on the beach, leisurely lunch in a scenic spot or an intimate dinner for two in a secluded hideaway, Key West Picnic Company makes it possible.
Relaxing on the Beach
Planning a wedding is hard work, and you might just be ready for a relaxing day spent swimming and sunbathing. Choose one of several public beaches in Key West to find the perfect spot or head to Fort Zachary Taylor State Park for a beach with added park amenities. While they may be smaller than you’re used to, Key West beaches are charming and cozy, offering not just great swimming but snorkeling, too. Rent beach chairs and umbrellas for added comfort. At the state park, take a break from sunbathing to walk nature trails or grab a quick bite at the on-site cafe.
That first trip you take together as a married couple will stand out in your memories forever. Make it a great one and book your honeymoon in Key West. There’s so much to do and see, and experiencing it together makes it even sweeter. While it may be only a few hours from almost anywhere in the U.S., a Key West honeymoon will truly let you feel like you’ve gotten away from it all to focus on each other.