Key West's Best Photography Spots

Key West Southernmost Point
By the Historic Key West Vacation Rentals Team

Smile for the camera.  You're vacationing in Key West and it's a paradise you won't ever forget. Photos of your time spent in the Conch Republic will continually find their way to the head of your camera roll.  It's no wonder. You've posed in front of Key West's best Instagram spots. These locations will make your stay.

Mallory Square

The center of Key West's historic waterfront, Mallory Square stages the famous Key West sunset celebration. Historic Mallory Square and the city of Key West both had their beginning along this deep harbor waterfront - the wrecking schooners, the frigates and warships of the US Navy, the Cuban cigar makers tobacco warehouses, ship's chandlers, and government offices combined to make Key West a bustling seaport out on the frontier of a young America. Today, Mallory Square is a Key West must-see. You will find exciting attractions, unparalleled shopping, the Key West historic sculpture garden, and of course, every evening, the famous sunset celebration.

Ernest Hemingway Museum

Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote in Key West for over ten years. Today, his home is National Historic Landmark, Literary Landmark, and recognized by the Library of Congress for its importance in U.S. History.

Southernmost Point

The Southernmost Point Buoy is an anchored concrete buoy marking the southernmost point in the continental United States. It is 18 feet above sea level. The large painted buoy was established as a tourist attraction in 1983 by the city at the corner of South Street and Whitehead Street. Today it is one of the most visited and photographed attractions in the United States.

Shipwreck Museum

Explore two floors of shipwreck treasures, dating from the Spanish Galleons of the 1600 & 1700's all the way to modern-day, in a captivating re-creation of master wrecker/salvager Asa Tift's 1850's warehouse. Lift a genuine silver bar from the 1656 wreck of the Nuestra Senora de las Maravillas. Climb to the top of our 65' lookout tower. Strike a pose and snap the pictures.

Key West Aquarium

This unique aquarium features such attractions as a touch tank, a tour where you can pet a shark, alligators, jellyfish, Mojo the snake, Sugar the red-footed tortoise, and more!

Butterfly Conservatory

This beautiful 5,000 sq. ft. lush tropical garden holds turtles, various species of fish, 23-25 different species of birds, and best of all 50-60 species of butterflies! Make room on your camera roll for these selfies!

Ripley's Believe It Or Not

Picture this. The only place in Key West where you’ll be greeted by a man-eating shark, and an 8-foot tall statue of Cpt. Jack Sparrow made from recycled car parts. 

Little White House

In 1946 this historic building first served as the Winter White House of President Harry S. Truman and a site for the Cold War response by later presidents. Today, the Truman Little White House is a public, living museum as well as a retreat and place of government business by our nation's leaders. Truman slept here and you can take a photo of yourself here, too.

Higgs Dog Beach

When you're a dog lover this beach is something to bark about.  Everyone should have photos of a dog's high flying frisbee catches.  This is the place to take them.

Mel Fisher Maritime Museum

Explore the history and artifacts from shipwrecks of the Nuestra Senora de Atocha, Santa Margarita, Henrietta Marie, Santa Clara and more. Who wouldn't want a photo with all that gold?

White Street Pier

More than just a pier, this Key West landmark lets you venture out on beautiful waters. The crashing waves over the wall make the perfect background for your social media photos and videos. 

Key West Lighthouse

This sentinel of the sea stands as a museum dedicated to Key West’s maritime heritage and to the men and women who bravely kept the light burning through the threats of war and weather. Visitors can walk up the 88 steps to the top of the light as well as explore the belongings, photographs, and words of the lighthouse Keepers and their families who lived here and served our community.

Key West Cemetery

Some of the subjects at rest here are iconic and familiar. Others are hidden in quiets corners or as fleeting as a cloud blowing before the sun. All are memorable. As you reflect on them, you will smile and maybe shed a tear, honoring those who have gone before to make Key West the unique place it has always been. Take a photo so you'll always remember how these epitaphs made you feel.

Eco-Discovery Center

First People/Indians, Pirates/Wreckers/Salvagers, Spanish Treasure Fleets, Legends of the Line, and a permanent model replica of Indian Key circa 1840. These are a few of our favorite things and you'll want them in your photos of Key West.

Martello Tower

Stroll the brick pathways through graceful, arched courtyards and lush, colorful foliage to discover a rare collection of seductive native and exotic plants that will have you blooming in smiles for your photos.

Fort Zachary Taylor

This is a natural beach area, as it's made of mainly ground coral. Guests love Fort Zachary Taylor for snorkeling and scuba to see turtles, dolphins, barracuda, goliath groupers, and tarpons. In addition to the fort tours, there are two natural trails for hiking and biking: the Sand Hog Trail and the Fort View Trail. Ready for your action and adventure photos?

Smathers Beach

At almost a mile long, Smathers Beach is Key West's largest public beach. It takes you right by the Atlantic Ocean along State Road A1A, starting at mile zero. Its mainly sandy shoreline makes it a favorite for families. The seas are calm and you can walk pretty far out into the water. It's a great place for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, parasailing, sunbathing and beach volleyball. Celebrate your family photos here.

Picture this.  Key West is your most dreamed about vacation getaway. As with all great adventures, the memories start with a premier vacation rental from our collection. Take lots of photos!