Key West, FL

Key West Postcard

The Southernmost point of the continental United States, Key West, is the perfect destination for a weekend trip. Let’s kick off the new year with a journey to Florida to explore, eat quality food, and bask in the sunshine. Take a weekend to Getaway with GenTeal!


Where to Stay

Upon arriving in Key West, waste no time exploring the eclectic, colorful neighborhoods of the island. The Parrot Key Hotels and Villas feels like an oasis, and it has updated, stylish bedrooms. This property has four total pools, including an adults-only one, making it a great place to relax in the sun. Key West Marriott Beachside is another great option for water views straight from your hotel room and a complimentary water taxi to Old Town Key West. 


What to Do

Key West is a town rich in history with Cuban influences throughout. On your trip, there are several must-see spots you’ll want to visit. Duval Street is where the hustle of Key West happens. The street is lined with food, bar, and shopping options to roam. Start at the Southernmost Point photo op and move toward the other end of Duval Street to make a day of the historic area. For the history buff, swing by the Hemingway Home where the esteemed writer Ernest Hemingway lived. Then, make it to the other end of Duval Street by the evening to enjoy the mesmerizing sunset at Mallory Square.

For a fun activity for any group, visit the ocean. Smathers Beach is accessible to all visitors and offers stunning views of the sea. Key West is home to the only living coral reef in the continental U.S., and you can experience it in multiple ways. Popular activities include snorkeling and taking a glass bottom kayak tour. For even more time on the water,  rent a boat for the day. Don't forget to go past the reach of the shore and explore the crystal clear waters.

Explore the other side of the island with a trip to Key West Golf Club. The 18-hole course spans more than 200 acres and is the only Caribbean golf course in the U.S. Play a round of golf before seeking refreshments in town!

Food & Drink

Enjoy an afternoon with beer at First Flight Brewery. The restaurant and brewery is the birthplace of Pan American World Airways, where the first tickets were sold close to 100 years ago. The “Crash Bar” at First Flight serves original brews on tap daily.

The Chart Room Bar is another must-visit for drinks in Key West, conveniently located in the Pier House Resort. The laid-back bar serves complimentary snacks and is where Jimmy Buffett’s sun-loving, free-wheeling career got its start. Speaking of legendary, The Green Parrot Bar is a larger venue with the same leisurely vibe. Open since 1890, its vibrant atmosphere and rich history make it one of the most popular bars in all of Key West.


Over the span of your trip, take advantage of the local seafood and Latin-inspired cuisine. Nine One Five is a fusion restaurant located in the heart of downtown. With Italian, American And Mediterranean influences, the menu has a little bit of everything. Before leaving Key West, try one of the unique options at the famous Garbo’s Grill. Crowd favorites include the New England Style Lobster Roll, Umami Burger, and Korean Barbecue Tacos. 

Lastly, you can’t visit Key West without trying its namesake, Key Lime Pie. Kermit’s Key Lime Pie Shoppe has two locations and is a staple for visitors and locals alike. 

Outfit Your Trip

Is Key West calling to you? If so, finalize your travel plans by securing the appropriate GenTeal Gear. The Duck Topo brrrº Performance Polo is the perfect cooling shirt to suit the heat of South Florida, and the Marina Performance Swim are necessary for relishing time by the water. Enjoy the getaway!

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