You don't have to be at Mallory Square to watch the sun go down. It goes down every evening and you can see if unless the sky is completely overcast. So you can get photos from anyplace.
My dad often photographed sunsets - it was one of the things he did. But now with digital cameras it is so much easier that I don't usually bother unless it is a really pretty one.
Watching the sun go down is a favorite pastime in most any part of the world. Key West can have some incredible scenic sunsets if the clouds and wind conditions are right. One of the best places to watch is from Mallory Square or better yet from the Sunset Pier a Zero Duval Street.
Besides the circus of the nightly sunset celebration at Mallory Square, there is actually a sunset you can watch if you get bored.
Another option for sunset is the bar at the Crowne Plaza La Concha Hotel, one of the tallest buildings in Key West.
There are a number of sunset cruises that boat around the island for an hour or two as the sun goes down. Fury is one of the biggest companies, and they charge $37 per adult (with a 10% discount if you order online). http://www.furycat.com/
Florida sunsets are so popular, the Florida Beer Company named one of their beers Key West Sunset Ale. Too bad it's brewed six and a half hours away in Melbourne, Florida. The beer was created in 1995 and originally brewed in Key West until the company was acquired by Ybor Brewing Company, then the Florida Beer Company.
For all you morning people like me. Take a walk along the southern side of the island and catch the sun coming up. There is a nice walking path all the way from Higgs beach around past the airport to Flagler Ave. A great way to start your day and get some excercise. Or end your late night!
The La Concha is the tallest building in old town, and of course there is a bar on the rooftop. For a panoramic view of the island make this one of your sunset spots while here. There is a one drink cover charge at prime time (sunset of course), but you can have a gander for free any other time of day.
Dream Chaser Charters
My most recent visit to Key West was in July 0f 2000, when I brought a very special woman who at the time was merely considered my “girlfriend” down to Key West and proposed to her in dramatic, romantic fashion. She thought I was just going to take her on a sunset cruise, but instead I actually chartered the catamaran "Dreamchaser." The owners took us out at sunset to somewhere off the edge of the continent where the blue and green swirls of tropical water blur the boundaries of the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. They were extremely accommodating, even providing the special song and flower arrangement I requested. They also prepared for us a lobster and steak dinner for two. It was the ultimate proposal -- nothing but the best for my wife!
Moon Light at the Sunset Festival !!! Hundreds of people witnessed this phenomenon of "Moon Light" during one of the famous Key West sunsets. Too bad i had only a split of a second to try and capture the scene. Only if i had one more chance :(
The sunset viewing from the top of the La Concha Hotel on Duval Street is fantabulous and a great alternative to the Mallory Square sunset celebration
This seven story hotel has a rooftop that allows for a complete 360 degree walk-around and views of Key West, the seaport and southernmost point.
While I have never stayed @ La Concha (but have tried to get reservations during peak times unfortunately), I have had friends there and they showed me an entrance to the rooftop via elevator that is accessed through the hotel's bar facing Duval Street.
On my last trip to key West in October 2006, they were even serving drinks on the rooftop so I was able to "toast the sunset" and this made for a most enjoyable evening overlooking the city, the harbor, and the cruiseships in port.
I would highly recommend this as well as at least one Mallory Square sunset celebration for anyone visiting Key West.
You have to do it so you might as well do it drunk. Total tourist trap, keep your wallet in your front pocket here and a cold mojito in your hand. Watch some of the weirdos and stare at the hotties like a pyscho while you lick your lips and wink an eye. The sunset is spectacular though and you can really keep it real in Key West if you reach for your buddies hand while you both stare at the skyline.
There is nothing better than watching a sunset in Key West. After a day of fishing, drinking, boating or, whatever your pleasure, pick a spot on the western side of the island and watch the sky explode in colors as the sun glides off the horizon. Key Westers, or conchs, as they like to be called, are so enamored by their sunsets that they celebrate them nightly at Mallory Square.
We took these pictures from a sunset cruise just off the shore. If you've read any of my tips, you've probably guessed that I'm not a huge fan of Key West. But even I had to be impressed by this sight. Just another reminder of the color and beauty that only nature can create.
I lived on a sailboat for two of the years I was in Key West. I found that the sunsets really were the most psychedelic in the summertime. I highly recommend getting on a boat for the sunset and listening to some roots reggae, versus standing at Mallory Square in the crowds. There is a time and a place for that too, though, if you feel like people-watching and drinking an alcoholic beverage!!
Sunset at Mallory square is THE thing to do on Key West. You typically start your evening about 2 hours before sunset. Stroll through the square take in all the street performers, bands and sites. Enjoy the sunset have some dinner and then you begin the Duval Kraal. Also known as the crawl, which is what you will be doing if you make it to even a few of the bars and clubs on Duval Street.
This is a people scene. If you are shy, uncomfortable in crowds or the unusual this is not the place for you. If however you like to peple watch this is one of the best places in the world to do it.