With its 500-year history of Spanish, Bahamian, Cuban, and American influences, Key West’s reputation as a live-and-let-live Conch Republic has long made it a home and travel destination for the LGBTQ+ community.
Here, island time and the beach lifestyle take on a new meaning flanked by the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Whether you’re a morning person who loves to kayak through mangroves or a night owl who loves to bar hop, the Florida Keys, especially Key West, allow you to indulge and be yourself.
Thanks to its subtropical weather and Caribbean-adjacent position, the Florida Keys offers beach weather year-round. That said, March through May are the best months to visit to escape the winter crowds, or the last week of October if you want to experience Fantasy Fest, a Florida tradition with a Mardi Gras-level of bacchanalianism.
Regardless of the timing, here’s what you need to know before making a trip.