Key West is a destination which offers many different types of activity and entertainment, from Fantasy Fest to reef diving, to sport fishing. Its eclectic and historic charm also draws a large number of vacationers who simply want to relax and enjoy the “Key West experience.” But that doesn’t mean you can’t have your cake (or in this case, Key Lime pie) and eat it too.
Each year thousands of sports fishermen are lured to the land of The Old Man and the Sea and its famous Key West fishing charters, with the hope of “catching the big one,” or at least enjoying in the pursuit. However, your seafaring adventures needn’t limit you from enjoying the life of a land-lubber at the end of the day. And that’s why we recommend making your next fishing trip memorable by taking in the charm of one of Key West’s many Bed and Breakfasts.
Although there are more excellent establishments than one could explore in a lifetime of expeditions to this little island, we’ve made it easy for you by scouting out what we (and many online reviewers) feel are 5 of the top Key West Bed and Breakfast Inns:
The Coco Plum Inn
While it can be tempting to look for a hotel right on the beach while enjoying everything Key West has to offer, you’re not going to compete with the amazing lodging or friendly service that comes from staying at the Coco Plum Inn. A beautiful style Victorian home, this bed and breakfast combines elegance, traditional beauty, and comfort into one great package.
A beautifully fenced in backyard with abundant tropical trees and a private pool, reserved just for the guests staying at the Bed and Breakfast allow you to keep enjoying the amazing outdoor setting even when you want a quiet night back.
Ambrosia Key West
A double deck overlooks the pool in the backyard, flanked by tropical trees on both sides to produce a relaxing, yet luxurious setting, that matches the inside at Ambrosia Key West. Nestled snugly in the Old Town Historical District, the Ambrosia enjoys a reputation as one of the finest places for visitors to stay in all of Key West.
Enjoy the little Cuba influence in architecture, the unique quality of each room, and a staff with a reputation for service. Located within walking distance of most of the downtown, this is also the ideal location to explore the entire island from.
The Atlantis House
Don’t let the somewhat dated yellow of the outside of the house scare you away. Inside the Atlantis House you will find a clean and modern look, mixing the influences of Cuba and Florida into a relaxing blend. White tile floors and solid hardwood furniture blend seamlessly and the house is mere feet away from the long beach walkway and the beach itself, making a relaxing morning walk or a romantic evening on the beach both only a stone’s throw away.
Plush pillows and soft sheets mean a comfortable and deep sleep every night, the type worthy of a Florida Keys vacation.
The Conch House Heritage Inn
If you love the idea of staying right in the heart of Old Town in Key West, then the exquisitely restored Conch House Heritage Inn will be a dream come true! Wraparound porches on both the ground and second level give incredible views while the house itself is beautifully restored in a colonial type style. All rooms enjoy a private bathroom with bath, air conditioning unit, and TV, allowing for each person to control their personal level of comfort.
The pool outside is very well maintained and of course Old Town is literally just outside the door.
Avalon Bed & Breakfast
Avalon Bed & Breakfast is dedicated to providing the absolute finest in tropical luxury. This white linen beauty is run from a restored Victorian style house dating from 1885, and features high colonial style ceilings and whisper-sheer above the bed canopy nets. The atmosphere is sumptuous yet elegant, evoking the style and charm of golden era Hollywood pictures. Breakfast is served daily in an airy dining room overlooking the sleepy bustle of Duval Street, and features fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, and an assortment of pastries. Also included is a unique daily special, which can range from delicate mini quiches to perfectly cooked omelettes.
Feel free to cast us a line, once you’ve enjoyed your stay, and let us know about your experience. And don’t forget to pay a visit to the Ernest Hemingway House, if you find yourself stuck with the seas a bit too rough for fishing, and real-in some old-time Florida Keys history about one of the Key West’s most famous fishermen.