Looking to escape to a tropical island without dealing with passports and customs? Key West — the former home of Ernest Hemingway and a favorite of relaxation king Jimmy Buffett — is an excellent alternative.
Travelers visiting the southernmost Florida Key will find a low-key, pastel-hued city with a spirited and quirky disposition. The little island is brimming with lively bars, seafood-forward restaurants, boutique shops, and breathtaking views.
But the world-class scenery and attractions mean a Key West vacation won't come cheap. Most quality hotels, like the Casa Marina Key West, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, run well north of $200 a night. (You can opt to rent a room on a boat instead, but that can be very hit or miss.)
Fortunately, Key West has no shortage of high-style, high-value Airbnbs. To help you find the best bang for your buck, we searched the house sharing site for entire apartments or homes, for two people over a long weekend in September.
If you're heading far, far south for the winter, consider making one of these great Airbnbs your home base.