Even in the best of times, it can be hard to keep the flame alive in your relationship, between work, family, and all of the other obligations you have. That’s why setting aside time for just the two of you is so important. And there’s no better way to ensure that time is uninterrupted than by taking it as a weekend away. Key West offers an array of activities for couples who want to do everything or just take it easy. Here are some ideas for your romantic getaway.
Swim, Snorkel, and Sunbathe
There isn’t much that’s more relaxing than lazing at the beach. The public beaches in Key West may be small but they make up for it in natural beauty. The postcard-perfect seashore is framed by gently swaying palm trees, making the beach an ideal place to relax. Rent snorkeling gear or bring your own. Many of the beaches have vendors who rent beach chairs, loungers, and sun umbrellas. It’s the ideal opportunity to reconnect without distractions.
Try Something New Together: Go Fishing
Sharing an activity can help strengthen the bond between you, and in Key West, charter fishing may be exactly what you need. Guests of all experience levels are welcome so there’s no need to be concerned if you’re not skilled at fishing. The captain and crew provide everything you need for a day on the water, from fishing tackle to permits. Head out for tarpon, grouper, and more; there’s always something biting in Key West. Trips can be tailored to your interests, from flats to wreck, reef, and deep water fishing. And if you happen to make the catch of a lifetime, head to Dante’s for dinner that night–they’ll cook your catch.
Treat Yourself to Fresh Seafood
Key West cuisine is famous for its fresh seafood. One of the best places to try it is at Eaton Street Seafood Market and Restaurant. You can choose from among seafood dishes like grilled lobster tail, fish sandwiches, lobster roll, and conch fritters, made to order. A constellation of outdoor tables lets you dine al fresco for two or you can take your meals to-go. It’s the ideal Old Town Key West lunch spot and a comfortable place to enjoy a leisurely meal.
Take a Romantic Nature Walk
At the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, you can stroll hand-in-hand through the natural habitats that support an array of native plants, trees, and shrubs and the wildlife that calls them home. Although the park continues to recover from severe hurricane damage from a few years ago, many of the trees and plants in this arboretum have bounced back nearly to their original state. This park is the only one like it in the continental U.S. You’re welcome to pack a picnic lunch to share while you’re here; be sure to pack binoculars, too, as there are many species of birds that live here, such as osprey and white ibis.
Surprise Your Loved One with a Custom Picnic Experience
With a little advance planning, you can pull off the kind of surprise that will make your partner feel cherished. Key West Picnic Company helps you plan the ideal dining experience. From a custom menu and fully outfitted picnic basket with everything you need to plenty of ideas for serene settings outfitted with blankets, cushions, and even Bluetooth speakers for ambient music, the team at Key West Picnic Company ensures that clients have an elegant and upscale dining event.
Spend the Day Exploring Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park
This expansive historical site and park offers an array of activities that let you explore some of the best Key West has to offer. A visit to Fort Zachary Taylor includes historical tours, nature trails, and a beach for swimming and snorkeling. Learn how vital the island of Key West was to American military history as you walk the same paths service members once traveled. Explore the flora and fauna along well-maintained trails that you can walk or bike along. Pack your own picnic lunch or check out the day’s menu at Cayo Hueso Cafe.
Sail Along the Coast at Sunset
Sunset is a romantic time of day no matter where you are but perhaps the sunsets in Key West are just a bit more special. When you book a sunset sailboat excursion, you’ll join a few others on a trip to nowhere that typically includes light refreshments and drinks as you get a unique perspective on the sunset. Some of these sailboat cruises feature live music and engaging tour guides who share exciting tales of Key West’s most famous residents.
A few days to yourself in Key West can be just what you needed to remember why you fell in love in the first place. From the beaches and excursions to the fine dining and shopping, Key West has everything you could hope for in a romantic weekend for two.