Key West Gardens & Ideas for Couples
The narrow cobblestone streets of Key West, canopied with fragrant blooms and cooled by languid breezes, lead to its many lush gardens, making this island a tropical paradise and enhancing its romantic appeal. Whether these tranquil oases are tucked down a hidden street, behind a beautiful mid-century home or in their own secluded island setting, they invite romantic exploration.
Its 88 steps to the top but once you are there; experience a bird’s eye view of the entire island at the top of the Key West Lighthouse. Explore the belongings, photographs, and words of the lighthouse Keepers and their families who lived a now obsolete, yet never forgotten, way of life.
Another Eden, tucked down tiny Free School Lane and completely hidden from view, is Nancy Forrester's Secret Garden, a living rainforest museum painstakingly created and maintained by artist and environmentalist Nancy Forrester. Here, couples are enveloped in a forest and garden filled with shade palms, aroids, ferns and rare and endangered plants. Parrots also inhabit the garden, adding a splash of color and whimsy to the place.
The 75-year-old Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden is home to 11 acres of “frost-free” botanical gardens (meaning that the majority of the trees retain their leaves even in the dry season) as well as several “champion tree” specimens (as determined by size and condition). Couples can stroll through two wetland habitats, enjoy the eight self-guided tours and see up to 23 species of butterflies in two gardens. Near Key West’s only two freshwater ponds, iguanas share the space with frogs and the occasional bald eagle or white-crowned pigeon.
Pack some treats and head to Ft. Zach Beach, one of Key West's favorite beaches. Located at the southern end of the park, this beach provides opportunities for picnicking, swimming, snorkeling, and fishing. Couples can also enjoy a short nature trail and bicycling within the park. After a day of rest and relaxation, enjoy the glorious sunset views over the horizon, the perfect ending to another beautiful day in paradise.
At the Audubon House and Tropical Gardens, peruse the collection of hand-colored lithographs and engravings created between 1830 and 1859 by ornithologist John James Audubon during visits to Key West. The mid-19th-century Classic Revival home is furnished with antiques that reflect the elegance and prosperity enjoyed in Key West during its prime. The surrounding gardens provided inspiration for Audubon’s artwork, with the variety of birds that inhabit the property the central focus of many of his pieces. The antique copper lanterns set atop white columns along brick paths winding through the gardens add an air of romance to the property.
Perhaps an escape from dry land is the ideal way to wrap up the day. Head out on the Wind & Wine Sunset Sail with Danger Charters, sailing from The Westin Key West Resort Marina. Sail off into the sunset together aboard one of Key West’s schooners while noshing on delectable hors d’oeuvres and sipping your choice of premium wines and quality brews.