The navy once called this tiny, 27-acre slice “Tank Island,” because it was primarily a fuel tank depot until 1994. At that time it was bought, sold, and re-named Sunset Key. Now, the island – which is located just 500 yards from Key West – is primarily a private residential area showcasing million-dollar homes, with the exception of the Westin Hotel. This luxury resort and private beach allows travelers “the keys” to unlock how the other half live.
See & Do
There are no cars allowed on Sunset Key; no shops, grocery stores, or any type of infrastructure. A ferry shuttles residents and guests of the hotel back and forth from Key West, and a private beach owned by the Westin offers complete solitude away from the hustle and bustle of Duval Street. If you don’t plan on shelling out for the pricey Sunset Key Guest Cottages (A Westin Resort), you’ll need a reservation at the hotel’s restaurant to gain access.
Sunset Key Guest Cottages offers one, two, and three-bedroom cottages, a private beach, world-class spa (that in itself is worth a visit), Latitudes beachfront restaurant, and a grocery-shopping service for guests. The 4-diamond resort has won countless awards, and is listed among the top 500 resorts in the world.