When we think of ‘tropical paradise,’ the Caribbean and Mexico often spring to mind for their sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters. But what if tropical paradise meant a shorter flight without the hassle of flying internationally?
Americans looking to explore a cluster of tropical islands known for its vibrant marine life and warm waters, look no further than the Florida Keys! Beautiful year round, there’s definitely something charming about the islands during the fall season.
Florida attracts hundreds of travelers each year from the U.S., and while Key West is a popular option for Americans to visit, did you know there’s an abundance of picturesque towns that offer fewer crowds and stunning views in the Keys too?
Affordable Flight Routes
We’re all looking for cheap flights, and when those flights are direct it’s a win-win situation for all! JetBlue announced they’ll be resuming non-stop flights from Boston Logan Airport to Key West International Airport (EYW) on October 29th (and daily non-stop in Jan.)
Following suit, Delta is set to resume winter service from New York’s LaGuardia to EYW this fall, and American Airlines announced their second non-stop flight from DCA to EYW on November 5.
What’s more, throughout the year, Florida offers many affordable flights from several U.S. cities. If you’re looking to take a road trip through the country, the options are endless!
Dry Season Is Upon Us
If you’re looking for 80-degree weather with a little less rain, then the fall is the best time to visit the Florida Keys from November-April.
With hurricane season ending and the mugginess in the air disappearing, the temperatures during this time of the year are tolerable for most travelers.
With schools back in session for the year and families back to work, these few months also come with fewer crowds compared to the summer. The spring breakers haven’t quite made their way to the coast yet- so get there before they do!
Prime-Time For Underwater Fun
If you’re planning a trip to the Florida Keys, don’t forget to book some type of underwater excursion. With some of the best beaches and marine life in the U.S., it’d be a shame not to make a few fishy friends on your trip here.
The best time for snorkeling in the Keys is often from October to May, as the temperatures are a little cooler and drier. Try your luck spotting turtles, barracudas, and even the serene manatees.
You won’t find any shortage of amazing hotels in the Florida Keys for every type of traveler. From an adult-only all-inclusive to family-friendly hotels, there are certainly many options.
In the hotel world, an exciting new launch is set to happen on November 1st at Everglades National Park! The 24-unit Flamingo Lodge will feature suite-like rooms with full kitchenettes and epic views.
Sometimes, the best part about visiting popular spots is finding the lesser-known destinations. Marathon City in the Florida Keys is in the midst of transforming its Faro Blanco Resort. Fewer crowds, lighthouse views, and an outdoor pool by the harbor: sign us up!
While sitting by the pool or beach with a cocktail certainly sounds like an ideal vacation for most, sometimes it’s thrilling to try a few new things. If you want to immerse yourself in the Floridian culture, look no further than their list of fall activities!
Probably one of the most well-known is ‘Fantasy Fest.’ The adults-only 10-day event features the whole shabang: costumes, parades, people around the world, and many many parties.
Think of the Fest as a smaller version of Brazil’s Carnival. Festival-goers show up rocking their most insane outfits, looking to dance, eat, and meet new friends! (The event this year is from October 20th-29th in Key West).
There’s also so much more to do in the fall! Marine conservation celebrations and family-friendly activities make the Florida Keys an ideal spot for all. (See all events here).
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