frugal fun


It's possible to go to Key West on a budget. Plan in advance and carefully choose pricey experiences on which to splurge.

The beach at Fort Zachary Taylor, an inexpensive gem.

June to November have lowest room rates. September and November are the cheapest of all.

go off season

shop around for lodging

Compromise on amenities or location. Book an inn in Old Town where you share a bath or stay in a motel a 45 minute drive away.

Seek out affordable, casual restaurants 

Check out happy hours and affordable Cuban restaurants. Buy fried conch at a stand on Duval Street.


Spend the day wandering historic Old Town; join the happening at Mallory Square sunsets. Or visit off-the-beaten path attractions.