|About Key West
Key West is a tropical island at the southernmost end of the east coast of the United States. Accessible by ferry from Ft. Myers, Florida, by commercial airlines, or by bus, it is literally the end – or the beginning – of the road, mile 0 on U.S. Highway 1. You can also reach Key West via a scenic three and a half hour drive from Miami that takes you through the Florida Keys and across significant expanses of water – most notably via the seven-mile bridge.
Once you arrive, you'll find a car isn't really necessary to get around this 8 square-mile island. Walking and biking provide the best opportunity to get to know Key West, and scooters and taxis are available for those few long trips.
Whatever you're looking for in a vacation – action, relaxation, entertainment, enlightenment, fine dining, nature, and nightlife – you'll find it in Key West. And at Pearl's Key West hotel, you'll find your Key West home.
Key West enjoys idyllic weather, with highs in deep winter in the 70's, and in deep summer in the high 80's. Thanks to the climate, our island brims with tropical vegetation like bougainvillea, coconut palms, banana trees and frangipani – the source of our logo's flower.
Off island, Key West's warm waters are home to innumerable species of coral and tropical fish. Pelicans, herons, egrets and osprey live in nearby sanctuaries. Dolphins jump playfully in the Gulfstream. Nature, sailing, snorkeling and diving trips can give you a glimpse of the sea's rich life that you won't soon forget. Explore Key West's waters on boating, fishing, snorkeling, kayaking, paddle-boarding, kite-surfing, diving and sailing trips (some for women or men only) arranged for you by our concierge.
More sports-minded souls might want to take advantage of golfing, tennis, sport-fishing and para-sailing opportunities. And for those who prefer to be less active on vacation, our beaches (as well as the poolside decks at Pearl's) offer days of relaxation in the sun.
Key West offers a full range of cultural activities and nightlife. For lovers of the visual arts, Sculpture Key West fills the island with interesting, whimsical and cutting-edge three-dimensional art from January through April. Bike around town especially when the Poinciana trees are in bloom, and you’ll see painters working on their canvasses. The Studios Key West is a center for art in the making. You can purchase all kinds of art in the many first-class galleries on Greene, Duval and White Streets.
We also boast several theatre companies (Waterfront Playhouse, Red Barn Theatre, the People’s Theatre of Key West) offering musicals, comedies and dramatic plays, and a venue that features performers like Patti Lupone and Paul Stokie, the Tennessee Williams Theatre. With a traditional and pops orchestra, jazz ensembles and terrific bands of all genres in local establishments, there’s plenty for music lovers here. Key West is also known for its bars, and there are plenty of them – some, like Aqua Nightclub, featuring the most fun drag shows you’ll ever see.
For a complete list of activities, tours, shopping and other opportunities throughout the Keys, visit floridakeys.com. And remember that Pearl's Girls can help arrange any excursion you desire.
Worried about traveling during hurricane season? Don't be! First, Florida is a very big state and Key West is a very small part of it. Storms in Florida and throughout the Caribbean can be hundreds of miles away from Key West and may not impact your vacation at all.
If a storm does threaten, we have specific plans to make sure you won't be in danger. And for peace of mind, you can always purchase Pearl's Stay Insurance so that if your trip is cancelled or interrupted for any reason, you will be fully refunded!
Learn more about hurricane season in the Florida Keys.