One of the conversations that I’ve been having with locals is that Key West is moving closer and closer to no longer a seasonal town. Traditionally summer (June-Sept) has been the “slow” time of year but I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that over the past 10 years the tide has started to change. I realized it this month when I was waiting for 10 minutes to cross the street in my car because of the steady stream of tourists. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining! I recognize that our economy is built on tourism so bring on the tourists!
July has become the 3rd busiest month in Key West (February & March being the first and second). Why July you ask? My theory has a lot of moving parts but I’ll break it down:
FACT: It is less expensive to rent a house for a month than for a few days or a week.
FACT: July is still considered “off season” in terms of the lodging/ hospitality calendar so the cost to rent a home in Key West for the month of July is less than ½ of the in season/ February/ March rate.
FACT: Key West is a major Florida destination for Independence Day Celebrations.
FACT: The summer is one of the best times of the year for fishing in The Keys. The water is calm and smooth as glass and the fish are plenty.
FACT: Mini Lobster Season is the last full week of July and is a period of 2 days where locals and tourists can go lobstering (limit 6 per person) before they open the waters to the commercial fishermen and regular lobster season on August 6th.
*This year the mini season falls on July 25th and 26th (make sure to always verify dates and regulations with Florida Fish and Wildlife). It begins at 12:01 am on Wednesday and ends at 12:00 midnight on Thursday. The regular 8-month lobster season is always August 6 through March 31.
Combine all those and you’ve got one hell of a reason to make Key West your July destination! And if you follow me on social media you know that one of my favorite hashtags is #livewhereyouvacation so let me get to work for you! If you’re looking to buy in the Florida Keys please give me a call or shoot me a text at 305.394.4073. I am a full time Realtor with Preferred Properties and am ready to help you find your Florida Keys Home.