Romantic Hidden Gems in Key West for LGBTQ+ Travelers

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Key West is like no other place on earth, especially for queer romance. If you’re desiring a romantic experience for two, off the beaten path, you can easily find it in the Conch Republic. Key West is where quiet corners provide tailor-made experiences for you and your special someone.

As you wander this 2×4 mile island, you may stumble upon a tropical garden or a deserted beach with the perfect sunset view. That’s the kind of magic Key West has in store; unexpected places that turn a simple getaway into something truly special. 

Check out our top choices for hidden romantic gems in Key West for LGBTQ+ travelers.

See A Show At The Waterfront Playhouse

When the lights dim and the curtain rises, experience a world of entertainment that’s just a bit different from the usual theater experience. Whether it’s a dramatic play, a high-energy musical, or a comedy performance that makes you laugh out loud, every show offers its own unique flavor.  The Waterfront Playhouse is the perfect romantic hidden gem for any traveler. But LGBTQ+ travelers will feel the freedom to hold hands openly while enjoying a show. 

The theater is just steps away from the nightly sunset celebration in Mallory Square. So, depending on the time of your show, try not to miss the nightly arts festival and carnival-like atmosphere as the sun sinks into the Gulf of Mexico. The experience is bound to be even more special sharing it with the one you love. 

Visit The Audubon House And Tropical Gardens

At the Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, find a world where history, nature, and romance blend seamlessly. Walk through rooms filled with antiques and art, including pieces by John James Audubon himself. Each room feels like a peek into a love story from the past; simple yet captivating. The tropical gardens invite you to stroll hand-in-hand among bright flowers and tall palm trees. It’s a quiet spot where the only sounds are birds and the whisper of the wind. It feels like a hidden corner of the world on its own but within it are romantic hidden gems throughout; the perfect setting for two people to enjoy a peaceful, romantic moment away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Key West. 

Take In The Key West Lighthouse Sunset Experience

Imagine being at the Key West Lighthouse as the sun begins to set. Climb the lighthouse steps with your special someone and enjoy the view from the top, as the town stretches out like a checkerboard of streets and houses underfoot. Turn to see the ocean, vast and sparkling under the changing sky. As the sun dips lower and the sky turns into a mix of oranges and pinks, like a painting, find yourselves mesmerized by Mother Nature’s daily show. There’s a one-of-a-kind feeling here, above the world, hand-in-hand, with a sunset that seems as if it was there just for your personal enjoyment. 

Key West Lighthouse
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Date Night At Latitudes

Did someone say, “date night?” There’s no better place to enjoy a little romance than a trip to Latitudes. The experience starts with a ferry ride for two, gliding across the turquoise waters to Sunset Key. Once there, find your way to a table, preferably with an ocean view. The setting sun colors the sky, and the waves lapping gently nearby, set the scene for a romantic dinner. Here, the focus is on the experience as much as the food. Indulge on dishes you probably won’t find back home while sharing bites. This hidden gem experience offers a break from routine. And the biggest decision you’ll have to make is which dessert to share. 

Explore Key West Garden Club At West Martello Tower

At the Key West Garden Club at West Martello Tower, enjoy a day of exploration and discovery. On the site of a former Civil War fort, you’ll find yourselves wandering through garden rooms of tropical plants and flowers with paths that twist and turn, leading to hidden beaches and quiet romantic spots, perfect for two. It’s like a secret garden, where every turn brings a new surprise. In this tropical oasis, time seems to slow down. You and your special someone might stop to watch butterflies among the blooms or just sit and chat under the shade of a large tree. It’s a place that invites you to relax and enjoy each other’s company, surrounded by nature’s beauty.

Relax At The Pool At Dante’s Restaurant & Pool Bar

Kick off your flip-flops, lounge by the water, and just enjoy being together at Dante’s Restaurant & Pool Bar where you can grab a bite to eat, cool off with a swim, or just dangle your feet in the water. You and your special someone can enjoy a meal together under the sun or stars, surrounded by good vibes and the occasional splash from the pool. It’s perfect for those moments when you want to combine food with fun and spontaneity. Whether it’s holding hands poolside or sharing a dessert, every moment at Dante’s adds a touch of romance to your lunch or dinner date.

Key West Pier
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Have Dinner And Watch The Sunset At The Hot Tin Roof Restaurant

Relaxed elegance, dramatic water, and sunset views create the perfect setting for a romantic evening. Enjoy the scenery as the sun dips low, painting the sky in amazing hues. The menu at the Hot Tin Roof Restaurant at the Ocean Key Resort & Spa is a “conch-fusion” style, bringing together traditional Florida fare with Latin, Caribbean, and tropical influences. Tantalize your taste buds with flavors and aromas that turn every meal into an adventure. It’s an experience of fresh tastes and sensations, set against a backdrop of stunning views, perfect for a memorable date night.

Enjoy Some Jazz At Little Room Jazz Club

Stepping into the Little Room Jazz Club is like finding your own secret corner in the world of music. It’s this cool spot where you can sit back, relax, and let the smooth tunes wash over you. The lights are low, the ambiance is chill, and it’s all about that connection – with the music, with the artists, and with each other. As the evening rolls on, every note will draw you closer, making it the perfect setting for romance. The rest of the world will fade away, leaving just you two, the music, and a vibe that’s hard to find anywhere else. 

Take A Key West Ghost Tour

There’s nothing better than walking hand-in-hand with the one you love as you wander through the streets of Key West by day. But when the sun goes down, the ghosts and spirits come out to play. Ghost City Tours aren’t just about getting a little spooked, they’re about sharing those goosebump moments with your partner, where every shadow and whisper adds to the thrill. It’s a fun, eerie way to explore the town’s hidden corners, all while clinging a bit closer to one another. There’s something oddly romantic about sharing those little jumps and startled laughs, and maybe squeezing each other’s hand a bit tighter during the particularly creepy parts.

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Hidden Romantic Gems Are Waiting To Be Discovered In Key West

Key West is full of secret spots where romance seems to just naturally bloom. It’s where you can wander around with your partner, hand in hand, and stumble upon these hidden gems for LGBTQ+ travelers. Maybe you find a bench under a palm tree perfect for two, or a quiet spot by the water where the only sound is the soft lapping of waves. These spots are the secret ingredients to a perfect romantic getaway, where you can have those uninterrupted conversations, where time seems to slow down, and where you can share those special, “just us” moments. From watching a sunset that paints the sky in a million colors to finding a cozy little nook made just for two, Key West is full of surprises waiting to be discovered to add a little extra sparkle to your romance.

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Also, while we do our best to highlight LGBTQ-friendly destinations and businesses, info provided is based solely on personal experience and recommendations by community partners. We hope that nobody experiences discrimination or homophobia while visiting Florida and beyond, but we make no guarantees. Please inform us if you experience discrimination or homophobia while visiting any destination so we can make updates to our recommendations.

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