Key West really is the perfect place for date night. Whether you want to spend a romantic weekend away or just one fun but romantic night, there really is so much to do. These are my top things to do with a loved one, as tried by my man and I.
Stroll around Hemingway’s House
Hemingway was a lover of women and quite a romantic at heart. It is no surprise therefore that his former residence is a romantic and quiet haven in the middle of Key West. Inside it’s walls you can wander through his tropical gardens, meet his cats, and see the beautiful house from the inside. Perfect for a romantic afternoon.
Drinks at Little Room Jazz Club
There are an abundance of bars in Key West, many offering live music and cocktails which are perfect for date night. My pick is Little Room Jazz Club as jazz is a sure way to make the sparks fly. Share a bottle of wine and enjoy the cosy atmosphere.
Sunset at Mallory Square
Although a busy spot come sundown, the sunset from Mallory Square is absolutely stunning. Watch the street performers, wander the gift stands, and share a hotdog whilst soaking up the sunset atmosphere. I recommend getting a couple of drinks to go from one of the bars on the way (I usually get a rum punch from Captain Tony’s Saloon which comes in a huge souvenir cup) and toast the sunset with your loved one.
Cycle around Fort Zachary Taylor State Park
For a romantic activity to do by day, I recommend hiring a couple of bikes and cycling to the State Park. The quaint streets of Key West are best explored by bike, as is the beautiful and wild state park just next to the town centre. Take a picnic and your bathing suits and enjoy a romantic beach day together, and take a walk around the impressive fort.
Share tapas at Santiago’s Bodega
There are hundreds of restaurants to choose from for date night, so how do you choose one? Well my choice is Santiago’s Bodega as they have amazing tapas dishes which are perfect for sharing, and therefore perfect for date night! The interior is beautiful and quaint, and this restaurant just calls for date night. The wine selection is impressive, and the location is quiet, being tucked far away from the bustling noisy Duval street.
Eat oysters at Alonso’s oyster bar
Wandering around the little harbour in Key West you will come across Alonso’s oyster bar, a perfect spot to wind away an afternoon with a bloody mary and a dozen oysters with a loved one. Plus, you know what they say about oysters….
Dessert and Cocktails at Better than Sex
The king of date night restaurants, Better than Sex is the ultimate spot to take your loved one. From the moment you step inside the atmosphere is romantic. The host will lead you through the low lit, velvet curtained interior to your table, which are all nestled in their own secluded corners. The menu is incredible, with decadent desserts and fun cocktails, all with naughty names. This is the ultimate adults-only spot in Key West for a little romance.
Try some hot sauce at Pepper’s Key West
For something a little different to fire up some heat head to Pepper’s. It is essentially a hot sauce shop but with a difference; they have a huge bar in the middle where you can take a seat and try sample after sample of delicious hot sauces. If this kind of heat is not your thing don’t worry, they have so many different kinds of flavours and mild sauces, perfect if your date isn’t a spicy fan. It a really fun interactive thing to do, and what’s even better is it’s totally free.