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Peak season is now!

December 26th is when peak season begins. After fulfilling family commitments during Thanksgiving and Christmas, thousands of snowbirds descend upon the awesome archipelago known as the Florida Keys. Because the Florida weather is perfect during the winter months (highs around 78, lows around 58, and relatively low humidity), many northerners, and others in the know, will drive, fly, and float their way south.

Peak season in Key West starts in December and ends in May
Michael Guadagno

Possibly the most unique city in the country, Key West is an easy drive for anybody that visits or lives in Florida. The drive through the Florida Keys is one of the most scenic in the world. Visitors routinely take photos from their car or make periodic stops along the way because every view is worthy of a postcard. Key West boasts good weather year round, so driving conditions are usually great.

The island is only three miles wide and six miles long and it’s jam packed with sightseeing activity. Most walking tours include Ernest Hemingway’s home and White House South, which was President Truman’s favorite vacation spot.

At the north end of Duval Street there's a pirate museum, a bustling shopping district, an aquarium that is partially indoor and partially outdoor, and the Mel Fisher Shipwreck Museum which houses gold bullion and artifacts recovered from two Spanish galleons that sank in 1622.

If relaxing at a seaside bar or patio deck is your idea of a great vacation, there are plenty of great spots for that as well, and several beautiful beaches for those who want their toes in the sand. Yoga on the beach is another popular way to unwind. Popular day trips include snorkeling, scuba diving, and deep-sea fishing.

There’s no shortage of great restaurants or tropical drinks. Check out Sloppy Joe’s, The Sunset Grill (where you literally can watch the sun set), or Two Friend’s Bar & Grill. Two Friends claims to make the best Pina Coladas in the world. Is it true?