Explore, Relax, and Unwind in Key West

Publisher KC Cole Recaps her Visit to the Southernmost Beach Resort in the Keys

Article by Marie Robey Wood

Photography by Courtesy of Southernmost Beach Resort

Originally published in Potomac Lifestyle

“Do everything or nothing at all” is the motto for the newly renovated Southernmost Beach Resort in Florida's Key West. Both ideas resonated with me and, during my four-day visit at the resort, I spent time seeing and doing what the area had to offer while happily relaxing and doing nothing at other times. 

Located at the southern tip of Duval Street in Key West, Southernmost Beach offers something for everyone’s mood. For a laid-back day, you can sit near the Pineapple Pool Bar and sip a caipirinha. There are plenty of delicious local specialties served at the Southernmost Beach Café, the resort’s signature restaurant. I enjoyed the superbly prepared conch fritters, fresh fish sandwiches, and jumbo shrimp. Spa treatments are a tempting treat and yoga classes on the beach help work off a few calories.

Did you know that Key West has the most bars of any town in the country? Or that it's closer to Cuba than Miami? When you’re ready to let your hair down, venture out to dinner at the Half Shell Raw Bar and maybe a show at Aqua; or visit the dessert restaurant called Better than Sex, all of which are close by to the resort's central location.

The resort also arranges guided tours, notably the Island Tales Golf Cart Tour, which offers a look at the historical sites and unique streets of Key West.

No stay at the resort would be complete without the Jet Ski Island Tour, which offers a unique view of Key West as you skim the Gulf of Mexico's beautiful water.

One of the most exciting activities I participated in was the Key West Island Tales Tours with owner Amy Andrade. It's listed as number five of 100 in the "The New Key West Bucket List" book. This tailor-designed tour is a must during your visit. 

Topping off my too-brief stay was a catamaran sunset sail. The party cruise was replete with champagne, chilled beers, soft drinks, and bites. Overall, it was the perfect way to cap off an awesome vacation.

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