Gay Key West thrives in this socially sophisticated, forward-thinking tropical paradise that boasts an extremely eclectic and varied population and an open acceptance of diverse lifestyles. There is much more than tolerance here, as the Key West gay community plays an integral part in the town, and the official city motto is "One Human Family." Rainbow flags fly all over Key West, and the residents believe that differences provide local color—not conflict.
Numerous gay hotels in Key West cater specifically to the gay, lesbian, and transgender traveler, and some of the most well-known gay resorts in the country are located here. Visitors can enjoy pampering in spas, working out in fitness centers, and indulging in luxurious massages in a festive atmosphere combined with secluded bungalows and romantic stretches of beaches. In addition to the numerous gay hotels in Key West there are many private homes and condos available for vacation rentals.
Key West gay travel is big business, and the community boasts all the attractions and things to do that provide the perfect vacation destination. Museums in town, including the nineteenth-century Hemingway Home where Ernest Hemingway penned A Farewell to Arms, provide a taste of Florida Keys history. You can even view the incredible silver and gold treasures of the shipwrecked Atocha at the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum. Great restaurant venues offer everything from fine gourmet dining to locally caught seafood and regional cuisine. You can even go out on a deep sea fishing expedition and bring your catch back for the hotel's chef to prepare it for you.
Key West gay travel takes full advantage of its watery location. There is everything from jet ski rentals and secluded spots for snorkeling to glass-bottom boat tours and romantic sunset cruises. There are numerous annual events providing a festive party atmosphere, but you don't have to worry about when to go for the nightly Sunset Celebration in Mallory Square. This premier arts festival attracts groups of street entertainers from high-wire jugglers to stand-up comedians, scores of arts and handcraft vendors, food stalls, and even psychics, all gathering at the waterfront for the evening's spectacular sunset display.
And gay Key West is full of nightlife, with bars, clubs, coffee houses, and some of the best entertainment to be found in all the Keys. Additionally, just about everything is within walking distance, so you can park your rental cars and don't need to worry about traffic and parking. Gay Key West also offers plenty of "nothing" to do. You can spend your days relaxing poolside or on pristine beaches. Activities as far ranging as snorkeling, scuba diving, and shopping galore provide something for all interests.
An added attraction of virtually all gay hotels in Key West is the laid-back and casual lifestyle; dress clothing is definitely optional here. Key West likes to boast that it is a year round island destination without closet doors. The Key West gay travel market is actively encouraged to come out, and the town has twice been voted Favorite Resort Town by the readers of OUT magazine.