Spend a few days here people-watching and souvenir shopping along vibrant Duval Street or cavorting with revelers on a Blu Q gay catamaran or Venus Charters power boats. Or watch a drag cabaret at the campy 801 Bourbon Bar. You may very well feel as though you've become part of a new family – a pretty funny, down-home, unpretentious family, too. Key Westers, or "Conchs" as they're traditionally known, warmly welcome GLBT visitors.
If you really want to get a sense of Key West's festive spirit and dynamic gay and lesbian community, visit during one of the several prominent events held throughout the year. There's a theme week or weekend in this city for just about every taste. Gay Spring Break (consisting of a series of parties and events) is held from late February through early April). Key West Pride is in mid-June, naturist-themed Bone Island Bare It All is in July and November, Tropical Heat is in August, Womenfest in September and Bear Fest is October 4-7 and so on. And then there's arguably one of the most riotously outrageous celebrations in America, Fastasy Fest, which comprises some 10 days of costume balls and fun-filled gatherings in late October.
Activities and Dining
Continue the evening with bar-hopping among the city's several GLBT nightspots, most of them within a short walk of each other and many hotels and gay guesthouses. Favorites include Aqua Nightclub for dancing to top DJs, Bourbon Street Pub for happy hour, Pearl's Patio for the women's scene and the aforementioned 801 Bourbon Bar for drag and great people-watching.