Specialty Boutiques and Tasty Treats Top Best Shopping List in Key West

Bypass the requisite tourist-town souvenir stands and $5 t-shirt vendors to discover a trove of small mom-and-pop boutiques filled with distinctive goods in Key West.

Many shops like Green Pineapple and Besame Mucho are devoted to the owner’s passions. These entrepreneurs scour the world for items that speak to them. Their shelves are lined with precious finds like Fair Trade linen tunics or leather babouches (slippers) from Marrakech.

Spots such as Kermit’s Key Lime Shoppe and Key West Cigar Club take their specialties seriously with a wide selection of choice goods. Key West Island Books is packed with tomes on Keys history as well as novels by Florida authors. Even the Butterfly & Nature Conservatory offers a huge array of items for nature lovers at any age.

Wait until you arrive to the island before building out your beach wardrobe. Swimwear boutiques like Ocean Key Boutique and Aqua Beachwear offer selections for men and women of all sizes. Their top notch customer service makes suit shopping a breeze. Pair with the hand-crafted leather shoes at Kino Sandals for the complete outfit. Here you can watch three generations of "sandaleros" (old-world Cuban sandal makers) hard at work.

For a town with such a rich literary heritage, it's hard to believe that this is the only remaining bookstore in Key West. Key West Island Books has an extensive collection of local interest books, and the devoted staff can help you find that...  Read More

Ocean Key Boutique
Photo courtesy of Ocean Key Traders

Ocean Key Boutique is not your normal hotel gift shop. This elegant boutique offers visitors of all ages a well-rounded selection of clothing perfect for the Key West clime. In fact, shoppers often leave the store wearing their new purchases....  Read More

Duval Street
Aqua Beachwear
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Aqua Beachwear is part of a small boutique chain that includes over a dozen stores throughout the Florida, Arizona and the U.S. Virgin Islands. If you usually dread swimsuit shopping, their helpful staff can help you find the perfect suit no...  Read More

Packed with everything from collectible pieces like Franz porcelain jewelry to inexpensive souvenirs like butterfly pens, this is a one-stop-shop for anyone who loves nature. They offer a wide array of clothing and accessories featuring flying...  Read More

Belly up to the hot sauce bar to sample their spicy sauces from around the world. (It's free!) The "tasting staff" entertains and makes helpful suggestions while visitors try everything from jerk sauce to dips and "weapons grade" (the fifth and...  Read More

No visit to Key West would be complete without having a slice of refreshing Key lime pie. While who has the best Key lime pie is a hotly debated topic in the Florida Keys, Kermit's always makes the shortlist. Whether you have a classic slice of...  Read More

Duval Street

At the eco-chic Green Pineapple boutique, everything has a story. With a focus on what they call mindful consumption, the store is packed with creative up-cycled items. Candles are in old tea cups or vintage cans, and silver spoons have been...  Read More

While you'll pass plenty of places on Duval Street selling "Cuban cigars," there's a reason they use those parentheses. This may soon change, but for now buying or selling Cuban-made cigars is still illegal. Key West has a rich cigar history,...  Read More

Off-the-beaten path in Bahama Village, this charming boutique has an air of vintage romance. The intoxicating scents from their apothecary will draw you in with medicines, lotions, perfumes and soaps. Their approach is old-world, pure and simple...  Read More

Your first shopping stop in Key West should be the popular Kino Sandals at the corner of Greene and Fitzpatrick Streets. The place gets packed, so you'll want to get there early. Here you'll find "sandaleros" (old-world sandal makers)...  Read More


Meet Claudia Miller

Claudia Miller has been writing about South Florida for over 17 years--seven from Key Largo. A budding photographer, she can usually be found stalking a sunset. Despite being a tad...  More About Claudia

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