Key West is a tropical destination that people escape to for its warmth, no matter the time of year. Although, in the winter months, some might say it’s not quite warm enough to swim or take part in water-based activities, depending on what weather you’re used to. The “coldest” time of year is still super enjoyable without snorkeling, swimming, and watersports, with our Key West climate enabling visitors to focus on other activities instead. Here at the Paradise Inn, we’re here to help you create the perfect itinerary, so check out our picks for activities for visits to Key West in January. 

The Climate of Key West in January 

The temperatures of Key West in December and January are typically in the mid-70s at the highest, and the low 60s at the lowest. So, while it’s still warm, you probably won’t feel the need to cool off in the pool. Pack clothes that will keep you cool enough during the day, but also a sweatshirt or light jacket for evening temps. The following activities are great options that will keep you dry, so you won’t have to worry about catching the chills in a wet swimsuit. 

Be Adventurous on a Food Tour 

Since you won’t be worried about a bikini body, sign yourself up for a food tour. These Key West tours are a great way to get a grasp on Key West’s culinary landscape, including the Cuban and Caribbean influences. For example, the Southernmost Food Tasting & Cultural Walking Tour has people trying Cuban pork roast, conch fritters, key lime pie, and more. The Seafood Lover’s tour offers lobster mac ‘n cheese, pink shrimp, and conch ceviche, while the Key West Bar Crawl serves a Hemingway daiquiri, a tiki drink, and more. Even outside of visits to Key West in January, the tour just might be a favorite part of a foodie’s trip, no matter the time of year. 

Hop On and Off a Trolley Tour 

Trolley tours in Key West allow visitors to buy a ticket and get on and off the bus as many times as they like, enabling them transportation to and from many of the important landmarks. For example, Mallory Square, the Truman Little White House, Duval Street, East Martello Fort, the Southernmost Point, and more. We can’t imagine trips to Key West in January without stops at iconic spots like these. 

Take in the Beauty of a Sunset Sail 

When is the best time to go to Key West? Sunset, 365 days a year. The Wind & Wine Sunset Sail serves guests eight wines from all over the globe, as well as hors d’oeurves like cheese, caprese skewers, crudite, sausage, dark chocolate, and more. But if you’d like a little more upbeat of a sail, go for the Commotion on the Ocean: a sunset sail with live music. While you and your partner gaze into the colors of the setting sun, sip on a drink, and enjoy the ambiance on the large viewing deck. This is relaxation at its finest. 

Find the Best Key Lime Pie 

Although you might have some pretty delicious key lime pie on the food tour, you should know that you can still discover other incredible slices during your time in Key West in January. Stop at places like Key West Key Lime Pie Co., Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Shoppe, and the Key Lime Pie Bakery, and decide which is your all-time favorite. 

The Best Time to Visit Key West 

It’s always the best time to visit the Florida Keys when you’re staying at the Paradise Inn. Our property offers simple, elegant, and coastal design, and coupled with the history behind each room; you’re guaranteed to have a memorable stay. For more information about other things to do in Key West in January and throughout the year, visit our website or give us a call at +1 877-819-4622.