One of my favorite activities during last month's trip to Key West was heading to the beach front of the Sunset Key Cottages. You've probably heard of Sunset Key? The small island is quite famous. Oprah has a house there, and the last portion of the movie Office Space was filmed on their beach.
Coverup: H&M | Swimsuit: Belk (in stores only) | Sunnies: Karen Walker | Beach Towel: Vera Bradley (℅) | Beach Bag: Vera Bradley (℅) | Personalized Hat: BlueSky and Sunshine (℅)
Sunset Key is one of a few beach access locations in the Keys. If you didn't know, the majority of the Keys are made of rock. Any beach access that you come across, it's man made. I honestly didn't know this till a few weeks prior to our trip. So scouting out one of the man made beach spots was at the top of Jenn and I's to do list. We came across Sunset Key, and knew we had to pay this island a visit.
You hop on a small ferry at The Westin Key West Resort & Marina, and after a short boat ride you're on the island. You gain access to the Sunset Key Beach through The Westin concierge, and can pay for an all day beach pass which I believe is around $40 per person (does not include food, beverages or tip). I believe this may be free for The Westin Resort guests, but I recommend inquiring about that if you choose to book your stay with them. I could not find any info on the beach access cost for resort guests, however the ferry service is complimentary for guests who choose to go over to Sunset Key and visit the pool and restaurants.
We got to the beach pretty early and had first pick at a cabana and lounge chairs. We chose one toward the end of the beach access, away from the docking to the ferry. Less noise and children, ha. Jenn and I had the beach all to ourselves for about 30 minutes before a few other families and couples arrived. Honestly, the beach was empty most of the day.
Sunset Key provides a concierge who will wait on you hand and foot. Y'all... Jenn and I felt like royalty. Our concierge brought us towels, drinks and lunch... straight to our cabana. We never had to get up! We stayed at Sunset Key for most of the day, but the ferry comes every half hour. So you literally can leave whenever you need to, or stay as long as you like!
If you're heading to the Keys and want some time actually on the beach, head over to Sunset Key. While it can be a tad pricey for the ticket, food and beverages, it's well worth the experience for a day.
Thank you to Sunset Key and the Key West Tourism Authority for hosting Jenn and I. While our experience was complimentary, all photos and opinions are my own. I'd 100% pay the price to go back next time I'm in Key West!
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