Visiting Key West on Budget – Florida Keys, U.S.A.

Key West is such a breath-taking location, but visiting this beauty comes with a price. Hotels located in the Keys start at around $250+/night during peak season, but if you know where to look, you can find accommodations for as low as $45/night!

Imagine waking up, climbing on deck, drinking your coffee while watching the gorgeous sunrise! If you enjoy going car- or tent-camping, I strongly suggest you try boat-camping at least once!

Upon arrival, a motorized boat will be ready to help transport you and your supplies to the rental boat. Since the rental boats are anchored about a mile from the coast, AirBnb hosts conveniently supply kayaks for renters. This gives renters the freedom to come and go when they please plus it gives them additional privacy that you wouldn’t get if you were, say, docked at a pier.

The rentals are about a 5 minute paddle through beautiful mangroves. I found this little bonus adventure to be quite enjoyable; the mangroves help block the sun and keep you cool during the hot, summer months. Plus you’ll have access to great fishing locations and may even see a manatee or two. 

Check out this Airbnb listing, starting at $69/night and this one, starting at $44/night.

FK2 29 Mangrove Kayaking

Paddling Through the Mangroves


Things to Do in Key West

Rent a bike for $10/day: Tour Duval Street and visit Mile Marker 0 nearby. Avoid busy streets and paying for parking. 

Walk along the Boardwalk from Galleon Marina to Conch Harbor Marina. There many great restaurants and shops to check out. 

Want to Cook for Yourself? Check out Fishbusterz Retail Seafood Market. Save money and buy your ingredients fresh! Cook it on board your rental and spend the night in, enjoying the sunset. 

Eat and drink at Schooner Wharf Bar. Great for any time of day, this bar features 3 different Happy Hours:  8:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, and 2:00 AM – 4:00 AM.

Visit the Southernmost Point of the Continental U.S. This tourist attraction looks like a ordinary bolder painted with stripes and labeled “Southernmost Point,” but it doesn’t go unnoticed. Tourists from all over the world come here to pose in front of this anchored buoy, marking the southernmost point in the continental U.S., just 90 miles from Cuba.

Lounge and relax on the beach at Fort Zachary Taylor. Parking is $4 for single passenger, $6 for 2-8 passengers, & $2 for pedestrians, bicyclists, and additional passengers.

Eat good and drink heavy at Sunset Grille & Raw Bar in Marathon, Florida. This Grille and Tiki Bar is located right on the water. Waiting for your food? Grab one of their monstrously, famous alcoholic drinks, visit their gift shop, stroll down to their pier, or soak in their swimming pool.


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