Key West in June – A Traveler’s Guide

As summer arrives, Key West becomes an even more vibrant and exciting destination. The weather is hot and sunny, with average highs around 88°F, making it perfect for spending time outdoors and enjoying the island’s beautiful beaches, watersports, and unique attractions. Though it’s not peak tourist season, there’s still plenty happening and June offers a more relaxed vibe before the crowds arrive for the 4th of July. Here’s an overview of what to expect and top things to do in Key West in June.

Weather and Events

Early June can still see some rain showers, but they become more sparse as the month continues. Humidity starts to climb, though the heat is tempered by cooling ocean breezes. Pack light, breathable clothing along with sun protection. Water temperatures reach around 84°F, ideal for swimming, snorkeling, and diving.

While Key West lacks the big summer festivals of other months, June still has its share of unique events. The 5-day Key West Pride Celebration brings the LGBTQ community together in early June. The Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society holds its annual Family Beach Day with pirate reenactments. And the Key West Seafood Festival offers two days of fresh seafood, live music, and family activities.

Top Activities

Hit the Beach

Key West is surrounded by stunning beaches, like Smathers Beach, with its long stretch of soft white sand. Plan a beach day with umbrellas, chairs, coolers, and plenty of sunscreen. Swim, soak up the sun, build sandcastles, play volleyball, or try beach yoga. Higgs Beach is smaller but also centrally located. For a peaceful retreat outside town, visit the beautiful windswept beach at Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park.

Water Sports

The iconic turquoise waters make Key West a water lover’s paradise. Snorkel or dive shipwrecks and reefs teeming with tropical fish and sea turtles. Take a sailing charter, including sunset cruises, or try thrilling watersports like jet-skiing, parasailing, or wave runners. For fishing, book a charter to reel in tarpon, mahi-mahi, grouper and more. Kayak to secluded mangrove islands for excellent bird watching and hiking.

Boating and Boating Tours

See Key West from the water by joining boat tours that are more immersive than land-based tours. Many narrated tours include interesting commentary about Key West history and sights like Millionaire’s Row. For a unique perspective, try a glass-bottom boat tour to peek beneath the waves. Upper deck seating provides panoramic views. For a private charter, rent your own power boat, sailboat or luxury yacht complete with crew and provisions—the ultimate in island indulgence.

Biking Tours

Biking is a great way to explore the islands with the breeze in your hair and at your own pace. Pedal along the flat roads on a rented bike, or join guided tours. Thematic tours might include the island’s best beaches, historic sites, or a more rigorous journey to some outlying natural areas. Knowledgeable guides will take you to key landmarks while providing commentary. Some tours include refreshment stops, and electric bike rentals are also available.

Walking Tours

Discover Key West’s rich history and culture on foot through guided walking tours. Expert guides will escort you to landmarks like Hemingway’s House, the Southernmost Point buoy, and Truman’s Little White House while regaling you with stories about the pirates, wreckers, writers, and eccentrics that gave this island city its unique charm and character. Culinary tours include samples of key lime pie and rum cake. Ghost tours and sunset walks add extra allure.

Attractions and Museums

When not relaxing by the sea, soak up some history, culture, and island character by exploring Key West’s best attractions. Top stops include the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory, where hundreds of butterflies flutter through a glass-enclosed habitat. The Key West Shipwreck Museum showcases treasures recovered from local shipwrecks and offers dramatic views from its tower. Harry S. Truman’s Little White House lets you walk through the former president’s vacation home. And no trip to Key West is complete without a photo at the colorful Southernmost Point Buoy that marks the continental USA’s southernmost land point just 90 miles from Cuba.

Dining and Nightlife

The endless island vibe in Key West supports a thriving food and entertainment scene. For top dining, make reservations at Latitudes, Azur Restaurant, or Santiago’s Bodega. Sample Cuban cuisine at El Siboney Restaurant or authentic key lime pie at Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Shoppe. Catch live music at iconic venues like Sloppy Joe’s Bar where Hemingway drank, or check the entertainment calendar at the Red Barn Theater. Other nightlife options include laidback margarita bars with outdoor seating, lively late-night dance clubs, drag cabarets, or singsong piano bars.

Day Trips and Keys Road Trip

While lingering in Key West is tempting, it’s also easy to explore more of the Florida Keys with day trips – no car required. Ferry services go to Sunset Key’s secluded beach, Snipes Point, or Woman Key for kayaking and nature trails. Join boat trips to Dry Tortugas National Park to tour historic Fort Jefferson. For a wider island-hopping adventure, rent a car and drive the Overseas Highway. Stop for water views at Bahia Honda State Park or feed the giant sea turtles at Robbie’s Marina in Islamorada.

Where to Stay

Key West has accommodation options that suit every taste and budget. For luxury, book a room at the glamorous Ocean Key Resort & Spa with amenities like a private beach, spa, and sunset pier. The Gardens Hotel is an adults-only boutique hotel with charming cottages and pools tucked in lush tropical gardens. For families, try Hyatt Centric Key West Resort & Spa with kids’ programs and easy Mallory Square access. Other options include restored Victorian inns, waterfront resorts, historic bed and breakfasts, and budget motels.

Getting to Key West

Key West International Airport offers regular nonstop flights on major airlines from cities across the U.S. Many visitors also opt to make the scenic Overseas Highway drive from Miami, which takes about 3.5 hours. You can also take a fast ferry from Fort Myers or Marco Island for a breezy, fun way to arrive in tropical style. However you get to the Keys, the iconic “Welcome to Key West” sign and buoy colors will greet you as gateway to this island paradise.

A Taste of Key West

In June, Key West begins to hit its summer stride. The days grow longer, wet season rains back off, and sunshine rules. As temperatures climb, getting on or in the ocean becomes irresistible. Savor languorous beach days, thrilling watersports, and watching spectacular sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico with a mojito or slice of key lime pie. The pace becomes more relaxed, costs are lower, and crowds will not arrive until later in summer. With its laidback vibe, tantalizing cuisine, and wealth of ways to embrace the island life, Key West in June promises the perfect escape from the ordinary.

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