This Florida Destination is Listed Among World-Wide Destinations You Should Visit Off-Season Right Now

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Many popular destinations are equally as attractive off-season. There are still things to do, see, and enjoy, but there may be fewer crowds, cheaper hotel rates, and sometimes, better weather. In the case of Florida, off-season often means avoiding the heat and humidity of summer, a time when many families choose to travel to Florida.

The travel publication The Discoverer has named 5 off-season destinations to visit right now, and one Florida city made the cut.

The Destinations the Discoverer Recommended Off-Season: Before we get to the Florida destination, have a look at the other recommended destinations. Florida is in good company:

Venice, Italy

Botswana

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Napa Valley, California

Key West, Florida

Why the Discoverer Liked Key West: The publication first explained how hot and humid a Florida summer can be, and insisted it takes a specific type of traveler to enjoy that environment. But it called winter in Florida "absolute perfection," especially in a place like Key West with outdoor charms including quaint streets, Cuban cuisine, and beaches. If you get tired of the outdoors, there are always museums on the island where you can learn something new indoors.

Inexpensive Things to Do: Since going off-season can be a money-saving venture, here are some inexpensive things to do when visiting Key West off-season.

The Beach: No trip to Key West is complete without a trip to the beach. And in Florida, off-season can still be comfortable at the beach. Higgs Beach is pet-friendly with shower facilities, a boardwalk, and a playground. This is also a great place to see one of Key West's beautiful sunsets.

South Beach, (not in Miami,) is also a family-friendly option located on the southern end of Duval Street. It doesn't have as many amenities as Higgs Beach, but chair rentals are reasonably priced, and it's close to the Southernmost Point, another must-visit.

The Sunset Celebration: Every night, locals and visitors gather at Mallory Square to celebrate the sunset. This is always a free, well-attended event, but it has plenty of live entertainment, food carts, and vendors to make it an entertaining evening.

West Martello Tower: This old, unfinished Civil War fort is surrounded by beautiful plants and butterflies. It's open to the public and is free, although donations are accepted.

Fort Zachary Taylor State Park: If the Civil War fort at West Martello appeals to you, you might also enjoy a stop at this state park which features historic Fort Taylor with its armaments and demonstrations. For those who'd rather focus on nature, there are activities like swimming and snorkeling.

Self-Touring: It's not too difficult to take in Key West on your own. If you make a stop at the Key West Chamber of Commerce, you can get information about the Pelican Path, a trail through Key West with noteworthy stops identified by pelican signs. There are no less than 50 stops.

You can also take in the famous Duval Street and the Key West Cemetery. Both are free unless you choose to get some refreshments or souvenirs.

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