What’s happening for 4th of July weekend? You may have heard news stories that the majority of the Keys attractions are closed. That’s not exactly accurate.
Although many of the city and County-managed/operated parks and attractions will be closed, private businesses remain open. This means jet ski tours, snorkeling tours, sky diving, sailing, parasailing, paddle boarding, kayaking, fishing, scuba diving are all still running. Walking tours, Conch Tour Train, ghost tours, and souvenir shops are also operating.
The State of Florida closed all bars (that are only bars) but in the Keys, many of our bars are also restaurants and are still open for business (and serving drinks).
Here’s some ideas for you if you’re coming down this weekend:
CLOSED: Higgs and Smathers Beaches in Key West. UPDATE: State parks like Ft. Zach will be closed Fri Sat and Sunday.
ALTERNATIVE: Swim right off of the boat. It’s shallow enough (on all the boats but the Turtle) to stand up.
CLOSED: Mallory Square Sunset Celebration
ALTERNATIVES: Take a sunset sailing cruise! Or, go down to Zero Duval St to the Sunset pier!
There are PLENTY of Sailing boat companies (and water sports and snorkeling) that are open including: Fury, Sebago, Sunset Watersports, Danger Charters and many more.
CLOSED: Captain Tony’s Bar, Sloppy Joe’s, and several other bar-only establishments.
ALTERNATIVE: Grab a drink at one of the many restaurants in Downtown like Fogarty’s Key West, Schooner Wharf (our favorite place), Margaritaville, Mangoes, Carolines Key West, Conch Republic Seafood Company.
And, Aqua Nightclub and 801 Bournbon are still doing their famous drag shows.
Duval Street will be closed to vehicular traffic over the weekend, so pedestrians can fully enjoy the iconic boulevard without the cars.
Keep in mind masks are REQUIRED down here. Frita’s Cuban Burgers downtown has some fun Conch Republic souvenir masks for sale (as well as other shops downtown). I’ve seen a few Mile 0 Key West masks.
On Stock Island (closest to the boats) the Hurricane Hole restaurant and Stock Rock Cafe (both of which you can kayak to) is open as is the Hogfish Bar and Grill (must drive).
We are fully booked for Friday and Saturday but still have some space on Thursday and Sunday for any guests trying to get away.
Just please respect the 6 foot social distance requirement and wear your mask around town 🙂
*Note this information is subject to change so I encourage everyone to call and confirm with specific companies before they visit.