A laid-back, tropical city where attendees can don flip-flops after meetings, Key West is a world of palm-lined streets, open-air cafes and bars, trendy boutiques and art galleries. Key West offers optimum opportunities for de-stressing following conferences, meetings and seminars. Better still, the already excellent selection of Key West event venues has grown even more so in the past few years.
Downtown Key West is located 2 miles from the Key West International Airport and 163 miles south of Miami International Airport.
Key West meeting facilities combine major chain properties, small boutique hotels, quaint bed and breakfast inns and lodges. Among the choices are the 215-room Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel with 7,000 square feet of meeting space, 183-room Sheraton Suites Key West with 1,000 square feet of meeting space, and the 150-room Reach Resort, a Waldorf-Astoria Resort with 4,700 square feet of meeting space.
Off-site meeting spaces in Key West are diverse and distinctively different. The Harry S. Truman Little White House, built in 1890, offers three event areas for up to 95 guests indoors, as well as outdoor receptions and garden events with tenting for larger groups. But to fully immerse groups in the Key West party atmosphere, Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville restaurant features frosty margaritas, a courtyard dining area, inside balcony seating and a menu of "Floribbean Cuisine" favorites. The main floor can accommodate 100 seated/100 reception; the upper level can handle 50 seated/50 reception.
Dining locations in Key West that offer dine-around programs feature a plethora of gourmet rooms, casual bistros and raw bars. Menus in Key West are dotted with specialties like stone crab claws, spiny lobster, pink shrimp and key lime pie. Restaurants that can accommodate larger group functions include Guy Harvey's Island Grill, and Kelly's Caribbean Bar, Grill and Brewery.
Among a long list of favorite group activities in Key West are golfing at Key West Golf Club; sunset-watching at Mallory Square; and sightseeing at the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, Key West Aquarium, and Key West Shipwreck Historeum Museum.