On Monday, May 3, 2021, the governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis signed an executive order ending COVID-19 restrictions. On Tuesday, May 4, 2021, the Key West City Commission let its mask ordinance expire.
No. You are no longer required to wear a face mask in Key West.
Yes. Individual businesses and local government offices may still have mask or facial covering requirements if they choose. Local spokespeople have stated that there is nothing in the Governor's Order that prevents restaurants or other businesses from requiring employees and patrons to wear masks while on the premises. The mayor of Key West stated, "Every individual business can decide whether they want people to wear masks before they come into the business."
Express Check In - VHKW properties are equipped with either an electronic keypad or lock box. This standard check-in process allows our guests to go directly to their vacation rental without the necessity to meet at the property with staff. Of course, our staff are available by phone or text for any questions about the check-in process.
Enhanced Cleaning Process - VHKW - Vacation Homes of Key West continues to follow enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols at the vacation rental properties.
White Quilt Service - To provide an elevated safety standard, VHKW continues to offer a 'White Quilt Service.' This service provides light weight white bed quilts for the beds in our vacation rentals. Our white quilts allow for laundering at high heat with a strong sanitizer or bleach. White quilts are laundered at each check out or may be replaced with new quilts. New quilts and pillows are provided upon request.
VHKW offers many private one-of-a-kind single-family home, cottage, or estate. Enjoy a social distance vacation and / or work remotely within the privacy of your own home rental. Amenities include private swimming pools, spas, and fenced tropical gardens. These private vacation homes include weekly and monthly rentals and range from one to eleven bedrooms.
Yes. Key West Beaches are open.
Yes. Bars are allowed to be open to 100% capacity. But this is up to the discretion of each individual bar proprietor. Some are open to limited capacity.
Yes. Restaurants are allowed to be open to 100% capacity. But this is up to the discretion of each individual restaurant proprietor. Some are open to limited capacity.
Outdoor restaurants have live music. You can sit at a table, have something to eat, and listen to music. Here are some places that generally have live music:
Check in advance to see if they are offering music.
Yes. There are excellent professional Key West chefs who are experienced at serving (and preparing) meals in private homes. We are happy to recommend and/or arrange a caterer for you.
Yes. You can have deliveries once you arrive. It is also possible to arrange for delivery prior to your arrival. If you want groceries delivered prior to your arrival, we will need to arrange this in advance so we can receive the delivery. There are two options for grocery deliver. Publix Supermarket - has two stores on Key West. Faustos Food Palace - Conch Town Liquor will deliver liquor.
Any activity on the water. Consider a private sunset sail, fishing charter, boat charter out to a sand bar. The water is incredibly clear in Key West. There are several sand bars you can boat to and have a picnic. This is a favorite of local Key Wester's.
The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden is a 15-acre haven of native trees and plants with walking trails, art installations, a natural butterfly habitat, a Cuban Palm Tree garden, a children's playground, education room, and more.
Outdoor Concerts at the Key West Coffee Butler Amphitheater on the Truman Waterfront. Concerts are being regularly scheduled. There is plenty of room to spread out and safely socially distance on the grass. Bring a chair or blanket and sit out under the stars.
Salute on the Beach Restaurant, at Higgs Beach, sponsors outdoor concerts on the beach bandstands on most Friday and Sunday evenings.
If you're not interested in a water activity or don't feel comfortable going out, have a staycation at your vacation rental. Enjoy the swimming pool, gardens, have a BBQ, have food delivered, or take out your favorite food and eat in. Enjoy the special beauty of your own rental home in the tropical Key West.