When to Visit Key West

by SmarterTravel Staff

Located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, Key West has moderate temperatures throughout the year. The most popular time to visit is during late winter and spring, when the weather is pleasant and dry.

The early summer and early winter months experience an ideal mix of fewer crowds, lower prices, and mild temperatures, though these periods are getting busier as the island is fast becoming a year-round destination. The least popular and least expensive time is between August and October, when hurricane season is at its peak and rain is frequent.

  • high season: January to April
  • low season: August to October
  • shoulder season: May to July, November to December

Weather Information

Key West has a subtropical climate, with an annual daily average temperature of 78 degrees, and wet summer and dry winter seasons. Winters are pleasant and warm with clear skies, while showers and balmy weather are common during summer. Hurricane season runs from June through November, and the highest risk of touchdowns comes in September.

Crowd Information

Visitors crowd the city from January through April, and during events such as Pridefest in June, Hemingway Days in July, and Fantasy Fest in October.

Closure Information

Hotels, shops, and attractions remain open throughout the year.

When to Save

The best months to save money are August, September, and October, during which fewer people visit due to wet weather. The most expensive months are February, March, and April, but room rates can also be affected by special events and festivals at any time of the year.

Information provided by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council.

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