The Complete Key West Bachelor Party Guide and Itinerary

Groups will thrive in this laid-back Florida paradise.
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james wong - the knot contributing writer and travel expert
James Wong
james wong - the knot contributing writer and travel expert
James Wong
Travel Writer & Expert
  • James Wong is a freelance travel writer and expert.
  • He's reported for publications including VOGUE, GQ, Time Out and Thrillist.
  • James has lived in London, Tokyo and New York; and has traveled to almost every corner of the world.
Updated Aug 31, 2023
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Admittedly, Key West can be tricky to get to—it requires a flight with connections or a road trip from Miami—but the effort is rewarded with a laid-back beach town full of fun energy. A Key West bachelor party is the ultimate group getaway for those who enjoy spending time in the water, indulging in plenty of frozen cocktails, and chowing down on delicious seafood. While you won't find Miami-style nightlife in this southernmost point of the Sunshine State, you will find plenty of character within this one-of-a-kind bachelor party destination.

Key West Bachelor Party Planning in This Article:

What Are Some Key West Bachelor Party Ideas?

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Key West is known for its charm and quirk. It's where Jimmy Buffett created the sailor-inspired Margaritaville, and where Hemingway penned some of his best works. But you don't have to be Parrotthead or bibliophile to enjoy this tropical paradise—you just need to embrace the low-key charm with adventures on land and at sea.

For Aquatic Explorers

There is plenty to do on the water in Key West—and plenty of water to be found. For starters, you and the guys can charter a boat for sportfishing, or if you'd rather be in the water, a boat can be chartered for a half day of snorkeling Key West's beautiful reefs. Then there are water sports, including parasailing and jet skiing, a sunset sail that includes a full bar while you take in the sights, or kayaking around Island T'ing on an eco-tour.

For History Buffs

There's plenty of fun to be had on shore, too. Take a tour of Hemingway's House and its famous six-toed cats, bike the entire perimeter of the Key to the southernmost point of Florida, or take a seafood lover's tour that includes tastings and insight into Key West's unique history and culture.

For Revelers

Home of Margaritaville, Key West is the place to drink and party hop for bachelor parties. From a Key West pub crawl along its famous Duval Street to a rum tasting at Key West First Legal Rum Distillery and tropical drinks at the famous Willie T's, there are plenty of opportunities to indulge.

What Do You Do at a Bachelor Party in Key West?

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There's a lot to do in Key West, but you can easily fit everything in—from kayaking and sailing to drinking and eating—using our ultimate three-day Key West bachelor party itinerary.

Day 1

Morning: Start the day with breakfast or lunch at The Breakfast Club, too, a great spot that serves comfort food classics including five types of eggs benedict (try the lobster bene), five styles of rostis, and a monster burrito. Oh, and did we mention 11 varieties of bloody Marys?

Afternoon: Get to know the town you'll be staying in by renting bikes and exploring Key West. Bikeman Bike Rentals delivers bikes to your hotel or home rental and offers multiple-day rentals so you can use your wheels to get around all weekend. After getting the lay of the land, head to Dante's Key West for its pool bar. Though not as rowdy as a Vegas-style pool party, Dante's pool gets packed on the weekends with locals and tourists alike who want to enjoy good drinks, a live DJ, and delicious bar food. Tiki bars surround the pool, and you can saddle up at a poolside cabana or table with your group (no reservations are taken, so get here a little early if you want to grab a good spot).

Evening: If you can manage one more adventure, plan for a later dinner tonight so you can do some after-dark paddling. Heading out at sunset, you'll make your way in LED-bottom kayaks or paddle boards to enjoy the Florida coast at night, a one-of-a-kind experience. Don't worry about cleaning up before heading out for the night (remember: Key West is super casual). Dinner and drinks tonight are at the Stoned Crab, where everything is caught fresh and locally (try a build-your-own steamer and definitely get a seafood tower for the table). For your first night out head to Sloppy Joes where you can listen to live music while enjoying a rotating list of beers. (If you had a guy miss out on the weekend, he can see what he's missing on the bar's four live webcams.)

Day 2

Morning: Get an early start to the day with a quick breakfast at Keys Coffee Co., where you can grab cold brew, lattes, or Cuban coffees and delicious breakfast sandwiches like the Havana (grilled ham, eggs and Swiss cheese on Cuban bread) or the Sunrise Tacos (two sunny-side up eggs, with bacon, ham, cheese, and sriracha on a corn tortilla) along with breakfast pastries and bagels.

Afternoon: Today will be spent on the water: Book a "Do It All Adventure" with Sunset Watersports for the ultimate day of play. On this six-hour boat ride, you'll get a chance to snorkel, paddle board, hydro bike, kayak, water ski, and kneeboard, plus have your fun on inflatable slides, banana boat rides, a watery climbing wall, and water trampolines. Lunch, sodas, and unlimited draft beer are included in the package, and there's a cash bar on board too.

Evening: After cleaning up a bit, head to the world-famous Willie T's for happy hour. Here you'll find a large assortment of tropical cocktails, including their beloved mojitos, daily specials, and plenty of live music. Then head to dinner at El Meson de Pepe for authentic Cuban fare including ropa vieja and churrasco. After you've filled up, it's time to hit Key West's Duval Street, home to its best and most lively bars. Consider booking a pub crawl to make sure you hit as many as possible or guide yourselves to spots like Flying Monkeys Saloon (for frozen drinks), Rick's Upstairs (a great place for dancing and DJs), The Bull (enjoy great cocktails in this old-school dive and outdoor space), and Captain Tony's Saloon (a Key West treasure).

Day 3

Morning: Treat yourselves to brunch at La Grignote, a French-style cafe with made-fresh daily pastries, croissant breakfast sandwiches, and Belgian waffles, plus coffee, tea, beer, and fresh mimosas.

Afternoon: If you're up for another day on the water, consider chartering a boat and guide to take you for the ultimate day of sport fishing, where you'll reel in big catches like tuna and marlin. If you'd rather stay on land, plan a trip to Key West First Legal Rum Distillery for a behind-the-scenes tour, tasting, and mojito-making class.

Evening: For your last night, head to happy hour at Mangoes back on Duval Street where the big open-air patio looks out on all the action. Then it's dinner time at Hog's Breath, where you'll feast on fresh oysters, Gulf shrimp, stone crab claws, and entrees including whole hog bbq nachos, Baja fish tacos, and the hog dog—a quarter-pound char-grilled hot dog with relish, chopped onion, and housemade potato chips. Choose between the Rum Bar at the Speakeasy Inn, the Green Parrot (a Key West institution for drinks and live music), or the Garden of Eden clothing-optional rooftop bar on top of The Bull for your last night out.

Where Should I Stay in Key West for a Bachelor Party?

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Though it may take some effort to get there, Key West is a small town—only about 7 square miles—and you can walk or bike to just about every destination once you arrive in town. If you want to be close to the heart of the action, stay near Duval Street, but you'll be hard-pressed to find a bad location in this charming key.

Best Key West Bachelor Party Hotels

Kimpton Key West: Considered one of the top hotels in Florida, this option is a strong choice for bachelor party groups that prefer a more refined experience.

Havana Cabana Key West: Welcome to the party hotel in Key West. Home to the largest pool in town, Havana Cabana also comes with a party bus that explores Duvall Street.

Pier House Resort and Spa: A luxe spot to stay right on the water in Key West in walking distance to Mallory Square, Hemingway House, and plenty of watersport action.

The Laureate Key West: This property offers three-bedroom suites that can sleep up to ten, plus a great outdoor pool and even grocery delivery service.

Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel: The hotel has access to a guest-only white sand beach, a large pool, and access to the Key West Golf Club.

Pro tip: The Knot has partnered with Hotel Planner to help you secure the best group hotel rate and get free hotel advice from an expert travel planner.

    Best Key West Bachelor Party Home Rentals

    There are plenty of housing options for a Key West bachelor party, so check out TripAdvisor, VRBO, Airbnb, Expedia, and Hopper Homes. Pro tip: If you're looking to supplement your vacation rental stay with some hotel amenities such as a swimming pool or a fitness facility, you can secure Key West hotel day passes on ResortPass.

    Oceanfront Estate: This property is located on the exclusive island of Key Haven and can sleep up to 12 with a private pool in the backyard.

    Louisa House: This option has a unique historic flare, and a private pool, and is just a half block from Duval Street. (Sleeps up to 8.)

    Two Private Cottages: For larger groups of up to 12, consider renting these cottages with a shared hot tub and private parking, all for a great price.

    Key West Bachelor Party Nightlife

    Fresh seafood dominates Key West's best restaurants, and this extends to the bars which often serve oysters and sushi bites alongside their liquor. Cheers to that.

    Best Key West Bachelor Restaurants

    The Lobster Shack Key West: In such close proximity to the Caribbean, you'd be right to guess the lobster in Key West is as fresh as you'd find in Jamaica. At The Lobster Shack, you can choose to have yours done in a variety of ways: as a bisque, a lobster roll, a grilled cheese, or simply with a healthy salad. A quaint and casual dining situation and a creative way to taste the ocean's finest catch.

    Latitudes: Located on a pristine private island, a trip to Latitudes is like a trip to a Hawaiian island—without the heavy jetlag. The elegant beachfront restaurant is all about fresh local fish, lobster, crab, and octopus, and provides the perfect wine pairings to really bring out every bit of flavor. Of course, you'll have to finish with the key lime pie.

    Blue Heaven: When you've overdosed on seafood, take a break in Blue Heaven. The relaxed Floridian-Caribbean eaterie cooks up comforts that are oh-so-comforting. Like the mildly spicy jerk chicken, the Tennessee burger dripping with cheddar, and pork tenderloin with smooth curry butter. Big cake slices (including their famed key lime pie) will have you wanting nothing more.

    Best Key West Bachelor Party Bars

    Sunset Pier: To really soak up the rays of the sunshine state, take the gang out for drinks on the pier. Sunset Pier is located right at Key West Harbor and Mallory Square, and with a menu comprising frozen island staples, like the piña colada, you know it's going to be quite the holiday vibe. The bar is open every day from 11:30 am to 8:30 pm (weather permitting) and there's live music each evening.

    Alonzo's Oyster Bar: Alonzo's is another waterfront darling in Key West, and at this bar, you're going to be tipping oysters as well as liquor down your throats. The seafood here is all locally caught, and the drinks menu includes oyster shooters, where you can even keep the shot glass. Daily happy hour deals make this a smart choice for catching waves from the shore.

    Smokin' Tuna Saloon: Smokin' Tuna Saloon is the kind of place you can let your hair down and go dancing. The busy, open-air hangout is filled with partygoers, keen to savor the sounds of live music on the courtyard stage. As this is Key West, casual attire and even your beach shorts are perfectly fine too. Tourists and locals equally frequent and it's a great destination for making new friends.

    Expert Key West Travel Tips

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    As we mentioned, Key West requires flight connects or a road trip from Miami to reach, but the perk is this effort filters out tourist crowds for a more boutique travel experience. The climate here is in line with Miami—visit in spring for the best temperatures, and avoid the hot (and hurricane-risky) summers as well as the high-priced festive season. A car rental is suggested, however, once you're in town a lot of it is walkable. Remember, Key West is a small town, so stick to a short weekend for bachelor fun, unless additional days of relaxation are desired.

      Allyson Johnson contributed to this article.

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