Key West, FL

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Explore Key West, FL

Enjoy a laidback Caribbean vibe and a dash of the New Orleans high life on Carnival® cruises to Key West. The southernmost island of the Florida Keys, Key West, Florida is a sunny, fun-loving place with lots of history, plenty of charm, and more than a little touristy goofiness. Key West cruises deliver you to palm-shaded streets lined with gaily painted bungalows, vintage saloons, and blooming tropical flowers.

  • Stroll amid 19th-century architecture in Key West’s Old Town.
  • Step inside the breeze-filled homes of Hemingway and Audubon.
  • Charter a fishing boat for prime deep-sea fishing when you cruise to Key West.
  • Celebrate sunset with the jugglers and musicians at Mallory Square.
  • Join the perpetual party in one of the town’s old-time fisherman’s saloons.

Things To Do

Local Attractions

Join the Florida Keys’ sun-drenched circus on your cruise to Key West. Stroll Old Town, home to gingerbread houses wrapped in picket fences. Take to the sparkling seas on a fishing, diving, or snorkeling cruise, or park yourself on a beat-up barstool in an old-time saloon. In no time you’ll see why artists and writers have flocked here for generations.

  • Take a tour of President Truman’s vacation home, the Little White House.
  • See the descendants of Hemingway’s six-toed cats in his lush backyard.
  • Sample fresh seafood and local conch in a dockside raw bar.
  • Take a ride on a trolley through the colorful streets of Key West.
  • Watch the sun melt into the Gulf of Mexico at Mallory Square.

Fun Facts

  • Some 42 bridges connect Key West to the mainland.
  • In 1985, treasure hunters plucked more than $450 million in gold and artifacts from the Nuestra Señora de Atocha that sailed in 1622. You can see the haul at the Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum near the docks.
  • Playwright Tennessee Williams lived in Key West in the 1940s and owned a house at 1431 Duncan Street.

Within Walking Distance

Most attractions in Key West, Florida, are in good proximity to the cruise docks. Take The World Famous Conch Tour Train Hop On, Hop Off from Mallory Square for a 60-minute tour of the island. Hop-on, hop-off flexibility is also available on Discover Key West Hop On, Hop Off excursion. The Harry S. Truman Little White House served as Truman’s vacation home during his presidency and remains just as he left it—decorated in late-1940s style. From 1931 to 1939, “Papa” Hemingway lived at the Hemingway Home and completed For Whom the Bell Tolls and A Farewell to Arms in the sun-filled studio annex. The Hemingway Home & Sloppy Joe’s excursion is a great way to see some 60 polydactyl (many-toed) cats, whose descendants still live on the grounds and stop at one of Hemingway’s favorite haunts.

Key West Home

The Audubon House and Tropical Garden is dedicated to the 1832 Key West sojourn of naturalist John James Audubon. Although the famous bird watcher never lived in this building, it’s filled with his engravings. Visit to see how wealthy sailors lived in Key West in the 19th century, and to admire the lush tropical gardens. Nancy Forrester’s Secret Garden is the most lavish and verdant garden in Key West, dense with orchids, climbing vines, and palms.

Beaches in Key West

The best and closest beach to the Key West cruise docks is Fort Zachary Taylor State Beach, a short walk away. To get here, go through the gates leading into the Truman Annex, site of the Little White House. The waters off the Florida Keys offer some of the best adventure. For an exhilarating boat ride try White Knuckle Thrill Ride or live out your own fish tale aboard the Glass Bottom Boat Ride excursion.

Snorkeling Good Times

Join marine life in their underwater world on a snorkel, kayak and boat excursion with The Big 3, leaving from the dock of your Carnival cruise to Key West. The waters off the Florida Keys are some of the world’s finest fishing grounds.

Dining in Key West

When your Carnival cruise to Key West is in port, pull up a seat at one of the lively open-air raw bars near the dock area. Conch is king here—grilled, made into chowder, fried in batter as fritters, or served raw in a salad. Another local specialty is key lime pie. Key West is reputedly home to more bars per capita than anywhere else in the USA and the Key West Pub Crawl and The Taste of Key West excursions are two fun ways to enjoy the food and festivities of the Keys.

Key Lime Pie

Head to Mallory Square at sunset, when jugglers, street performers, and bands create a festive scene for celebrating the end of the day.

Shopping in Key West

Caribbean Shopping

Shops in the buzzing 12-block radius of Mallory Square specialize in Key West kitsch like flamingo snow globes, lobster-shaped wine-bottle holders, and seashells from the seashore. As you move farther along Duval Street from Mallory, you’ll notice the shops get more and more stylish.

Travel Tips


  • English is the official language.
  • U.S. dollars are the national currency.
  • Key West, Florida enjoys a warm, tropical climate, with plenty of sunshine and humidity.
  • Key West cruises dock at Mallory Square, at the nearby Hilton Resort’s Pier B, and at the U.S. Navy base’s “Outer Mole” pier. Passengers arriving at the Navy pier must take an official shuttle bus to and from Mallory Square, as individuals are not permitted in the naval base.
  • Key West is only 4 miles long and 2 miles wide. Most attractions are within an easy stroll of Mallory Square.