Sun, surf, wild parrots and friendly dolphins make this tropical getaway feel like it’s a million miles away, but the bewitching island of Key West is just off the coast of Florida state. A vacation in Key West offers you a taste of the Caribbean right from within the USA. More than a million people visit this jewel of the Florida Keys every year, lured by its blissfully warm weather and gorgeous shoreline.
Key West International Airport
Key West’s main airport is the Key West International Airport, which was formally known as Meacham Field during World War II. The airport has grown steadily since that time and today it serves 400,000 passengers annually.
US Airways, Southwest, Silver Airways, Delta, and American Eagle Airlines operate regular services to Key West International Airport, usually through Atlanta, Miami, or other Florida airports, with seasonal routes from other cities, so keep your eye out for cheap flights to Key West from these airlines!
EYW is tiny, with one runway, and two small terminals: one for arriving passengers, and one for departing passengers. Key West International Airport is immediately adjacent to Key West.
What to do in Key West
There’s more to Key West than just lounging on the beach. Literature lovers will have to pay a visit to the Ernest Hemingway House, where the great American author once lived with his young family. The House now serves as a museum dedicated to Ernest Hemingway and is open year around to visitors.
Florida is famed for its beautiful tropical wildlife, from the alligators of the Everglades to the swordfish and sharks of the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. The Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory is no exception, housing more than fifty species of butterflies from around the world under one climate-controlled roof. In addition to its resident butterflies, the Conservatory houses several varieties of "butterfly friendly" birds such as canaries and zebra finches.
Advice for Tourists Visiting Key West:
While Key West International Airport is within walking distance of downtown Key West, the weather is fiercely hot all year round. Summertime temperatures can reach into the 90s, and even in winter, a "cold" day ranges in the mid 70s. Key West is busy with tourists all through the year. In the winter, people come down from cold states to escape the weather, and in summer the town is packed with holiday travelers from Europe and further afar.
Between March and May, temperatures are only a few degrees lower and crowds are thinner. When you’re ready to book your dream holiday accommodation in Key West, try Skyscanner’s hotel price comparison tool. We can find you a great deal, and it’s completely free to use. If you want a set of wheels for cruising the island, our free rental car tool is great for that, too.