I love the beach in the winter. And by “the beach,” I pretty much mean any beach. But I have never thought of winter as being anything but “off season” for beach destinations. I mean, you go to the beach when it is warm — or hot — so that you can wear your swimsuit and shorts and tank tops and flip-flops and maybe even get in the water. Summer is beach season, right?
Not in Key West, Florida. In Key West, summer is the off season. That means that right now is prime time for visiting this 4-mile-long-by-1-mile-wide piece of paradise.
I discovered this last July went I was invited to participate in a “fam tour” of Key West. That’s short for “familiarization tour,” an event to give travel writers a chance to learn first-hand about a place, so that they can then write about that place to let their readers know why they should — or, I guess in some instances, should not — plan a vacation there.