One of North America’s most awe-inspiring national parks, this private paradise is the perfect place for an exotic Key West excursion for two. Hop on a seaplane and head 70 miles west of Key West to explore the renowned marine life surrounding the remote and beautiful Dry Tortugas. With the islands to yourselves, take a deep dive into the area’s spirited pirate legends, snorkel the crystal blue Gulf of Mexico and set eyes on the park’s most central figure, Fort Jefferson. Colossal in size, this 16-acre coastal fortress remains the largest masonry project in the Americas to date.
One of Key West’s most iconic sites! Built in 1847 to guide sailors and reduce shipwrecks off the coast of the Keys, this once oil lamp powered lighthouse is now decommissioned to offer visitors a 360-degree view of Key West and the outstretched Atlantic Ocean. Climb up the lighthouse’s 88 steps to get a view from the top down and explore the island’s past from the former keeper’s quarters, which functions now as a museum complete with photos and artifacts. Of course, the most breathtaking spot on Key West also happens to be one of the most romantic—perfect for a sunset kiss or even a proposal.
Sun, sand, and Southern History come alive at Fort Zachary. Completed in 1866, this well-maintained, three-story brick fortress served an important role in both the Civil War and the Spanish-American War before becoming a National Historic Landmark. Once the site of the largest collection of Civil War cannons in the U.S., this 54-acre state park now serves as a living museum and lush outdoor park complete with nature trails, coral reefs, and a sparkling white sand beach. Pack a picnic for two for an afternoon alfresco or grab an ice cream from the beachfront cafe and enjoy a sunset walk along the island’s most coveted beach.
When the sun goes down, couples on the island looking for a romantic evening turn-up at Better Than Sex. As the name implies, this speakeasy-like dessert spot is the ideal location for an indulgent dining experience in Old Town Key West. Cozy and intimate, this locally-owned 16-table candlelit dining room was built for date nights. Stop in to try their amazing chocolate and caramel rimmed wines or make a reservation and get in the mood for a feast of decadent sweets and delicious house-made cocktails.
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