Key West has been a college Spring Break destination for many years, and you can imagine why: The weather in March is breezy, but still warm, and the sun shines in the cloudless sky nearly every day. It is just about the perfect time of year to visit the Florida Keys. However, I know some of you would like to have a nice, relaxing vacation and enjoy this heavenly weather without being forced to do a keg-stand. Here are some guidelines for visiting Key West during the ever-popular Spring Break week:
Places to stay: The Heron House on Simonton Street, or The Truman Annex, which is just 3 blocks from Duval Street, are a couple of quiet options when it comes to choosing a place to stay. The Heron House even has “quiet rules” to guarantee a peaceful night’s sleep. You can also call ahead and see which B & B’s are “Spring Break friendly”.
Places to eat/drink: Since college Spring Break is mainly centered around partying on Duval Street, and not necessarily a nice sit-down dinner, any reasonably priced restaurant off Duval Street should be safe. Louie’s Backyard is a great option, with an amazing Happy Hour and beach front location. Maybe skip Sloppy Joe’s, Fat Tuesdays, and Rick’s this week, because while these places are fun, they are sure to be extra rowdy during this time and almost impossible to get served.
Things to do: The beaches are guaranteed to be packed with Spring Breakers and the Fury Boat is also a popular outing for college kids. This would be a great time to do a fishing trip with a charter captain. If you are dead-set on hitting the beach, choose Fort Zachary Taylor over Smathers (and don’t forget your SPF!)