Catch that Key West Sunset: Part I

Sunset at the Pier – Courtesy of Heather K.

Whether you’re a local or a visitor, if you’ve spent any time in Key West, then you probably have your favorite spot to catch that famous Key West sunset. Here’s two great places to kick-start your evening.

When family & friends make the journey down to Key West to visit us, we almost always take them to the northern end of Duval Street to watch the setting sun from Sunset Pier. Open to the public, but part of the Ocean Key Resort, this casual hot-spot offers incredible water and sunset views, drinks and cocktails, live music and waterfront dining. We like to get to the pier about an hour before sunset and (hopefully) snag a seat along the bar that runs the length of the pier. These seats not only offer unobstructed views of Key West’s famous sunset, but from this vantage point you can see the Key West Express ferrying visitors in from Fort Myers, the Yankee Freedom III bringing tourists back from a day-trip to the Dry Tortugas, and the various sunset sails and cruises taking tourists out on the water for hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and music.

Colorful Seating at Sunset Pier – Courtesy of @travelflkeys

We like to get to the pier about an hour before sunset and (hopefully) snag a seat along the bar that runs the length of the pier.

Mallory Square at Sunset – Courtesy of Joe P.

If you’re looking for a little more action as you watch the sun go down, then head to lively Mallory Square for the famous Key West Sunset Celebration. Entertaining locals and tourists from all over the world, this nightly celebration begins roughly two hours before the sun begins its decent. The Mallory Square Sunset Celebration offers something for everyone. Aside from the setting sun and scenic views of the Gulf of Mexico, you’ll find food, artists, musicians, and a variety of entertainers that has attracted people to Mallory Square in the evenings for decades.

Sunset Sail – Courtesy of @wonderfulkeywest

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Next Time – A Few Duval Street Favs: Part I


2 thoughts on “Catch that Key West Sunset: Part I

  1. thetwoboomersabroad February 21, 2016 / 8:04 pm

    I wish that I had seen your blog before we visited Key West. I had no idea that there were such beautiful beaches! Wishing you well with your blog and the service you are providing all visitors! Hilary

    Liked by 1 person

  2. everythingkeywest February 21, 2016 / 8:24 pm

    Thanks so much for commenting. There’s so much to see & do in Key West – my blog is just the tip of the iceberg! Hoping you make it back to KW sometime soon.


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