Waterfront restaurants provide a calming ambiance that crowded, indoor venues can't compete with. In the Florida Keys, the carefree environment, pristine weather, and surreal views, can be enjoyed year-round at a number of restaurants around the island. Naturally, much of the cuisine focuses on fresh seafood, but you'll also find international dishes, steaks, sandwiches, and more - particularly during lunch.
Step off the sand for a quick break and enjoy the atmosphere at Salute! On the Beach, or the Southernmost Beach Cafe - two casual eateries that serve up top-notch meals in an open-air, shaded patio. For secluded and romantic on-the-sand dining, hop on the ferry to Sunset Key to Latitudes restaurant, or visit Louie's Backyard, on the quieter southern side of the island.
For a truly unique waterfront experience, the Thai Life Floating restaurant adds a twist to traditional dining.
Down in the historic harbor, visitors can explore the authentic "old Key West" vibe and exquisite seafood dishes at the Schooner Wharf, Half Shell Raw Bar, and the Commodore - a more upscale waterfront restaurant.
Away from the Old Town action, the Hogfish Bar and Grill serves up the catch of the day, while 15 minutes away visitors can dine at the peaceful Kaya Island Eats, a pleasant surprise with sweeping views. We've rounded up the 10 best waterfront restaurants that each offer a different taste of Key West.