How to Do Key West on the Cheap

By: Dalia Colon


Reader Johnnita recently wrote me the following note:

I am trying to go to Key West on a dime and have a great time. I need all the help I can get.

'Nuff said. Johnnita, for you and everyone else looking to get to Key West on a dime, I offer these pointers:

  • Start with Keys Kash. is your one-stop shop for discounts on lodging, dining, entertainment and more.
  • Know your options. The closer you stay to the action on Duval Street, the more you can expect to pay. Consider alternatives like a B&B or campground.

Once you're in Key West, what to do? Carolina Bustamante of Newman Public Relations, which represents the Florida Keys, offers three of her favorite FREE activities:

1. Sunset Celebration is a nightly arts festival at Mallory Square Dock. The participants of this Key West attraction consist of arts and crafts exhibitors, street performers, food carts, psychics and,of course, the thousands of tourists from around the world who visit this Key West art show. Each night around two hours before sunset,masses of people, both locals and tourists, flock to the water's edge to experience a multicultural happening and to watch the sun sink into the Gulf of Mexico.

2. West Martello Garden Club offers a great view of ocean, wonderful history, amazing orchids and tropical plants all amidst the ruins of a Civil War-era fort.

3. Eco-Discovery Center features over 6,000 square feet of interactive and dynamic exhibits including a mock-up of Aquarius, the world's only underwater ocean laboratory.

Readers, what free or cheap suggestions can you offer for Johnnita's Key West adventure?

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