More details to help you prepare for your food tour in Key West
The three hour tours cover around 1.4 miles. However, we have frequent stops and walk no longer than 4 blocks in-between each stop. The island is flat, and we walk at a very moderate pace. We will be standing the majority of the tour, but we also will be seated for at least two of the tastings, about 30-45 minutes total for both.
If you’ve never been to Key West, we recommend first taking our signature tour, the Southernmost Food Tour– it’s a great introduction to the life and culture of the island. Stops include iconic ‘must-eat’ foods and drinks like Conch Fritters, local fish tacos, Rum-Runner cocktails, traditional Cuban cuisine, and Key Lime Pie!
If you are obsessed with trying all the fresh seafood Key West has to offer, then the Seafood Lover’s Tour is for you! Sample Mahi-Mahi, Caribbean Spiny Lobster, Key West Pink Shrimp and more!
**Please note that there will be seafood dishes on the signature Southernmost Food Tour, however we can substitute another dish if you do not eat seafood. (But we highly recommend that you try it- the ingredients are some of the freshest in the country!) On the Seafood Lover’s Tour, we ONLY accommodate shellfish allergies.**
We CAN provide substitutions for shellfish/nut allergies, pescatarians, and those who do not drink alcohol, but we CANNOT provide substitutions for any other allergies or dietary preferences. Allergies and preferences must be indicated in advance at the time of ticket purchase. Please note, this tour does not have gluten-free options available. Please note, substitute dishes will NOT be the iconic Key West dishes that regular participants on the tour will receive.
Our signature tour- The Southernmost Food Tour– is designed to accommodate virtually all food allergies, aversions or dietary needs- including guests who do not eat shellfish or seafood. While our Southernmost Food Tour does feature local seafood dishes (including shellfish), with advanced notice we can gladly provide tasty non-seafood or non-shellfish substitutions that you’ll enjoy instead.
For the Seafood Lover’s Tour, we ONLY accommodate shellfish allergies.
*Please be sure to indicate your specific dietary preferences or requirements when purchasing your tickets so we can best prepare to host you!
We CAN provide substitutions for vegetarians, pescatarians, gluten-free, those who do not drink alcohol, and shellfish/nut allergies. Allergies and preferences must be indicated in advance at the time of ticket purchase. Please note, substitute dishes will NOT be the iconic Key West dishes that regular participants on the tour will receive.
The food served on the tour is from mom and pops, ethnic cafes, and local restaurants. For more information on what types of eateries we will be visiting, a listing of the tasting locations can be found on the Southernmost Food Tour page, and the Seafood Lover’s Tour page.
Our tours serve enough food to be equivalent to a hearty lunch (for most people) that will not leave you hungry. With the combination of 6 food and drink tastings in addition to built in breaks for cultural, historical and architectural insight along the way, most participants are comfortably full after our food tours.
Please understand our food tours are not intended to replace breakfast and lunch or lunch and dinner combined, so please consider eating breakfast before or eating dinner after the tour.
Our tours are held rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather however, we will be able to go inside of all of the establishments on the tour. We also provide ponchos and/or umbrellas in case of sudden weather changes if you do not have your own umbrella. However, we advise you to check the weather conditions for your tour date and dress/prepare appropriately.
If severe weather (such as a hurricane or tropical storm) does prevent the tour from taking place, you will receive a full refund or a gift certificate to use on a date of your convenience.
We provide a waiting list. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at (305) 396-2224 to let us know what date you are interested in if you do not see availability.
Key West Food Tours does not include tour guide gratuities in the cost of our tours. If you enjoyed yourself, gratuities are greatly appreciated and accepted by your tour guide, although never mandatory. The standard gratuity for a tour guide in the service industry is 15%-20%.
Your ticket price includes the cost of the service fees, taxes and staff gratuities associated with your meal. If you’d like to offer an additional gratuity to your tour guide because you had an amazing time, you are welcome to do so but doing so is completely optional and at your discretion.
Our Southernmost Food Tour can accommodate guests with strollers, and guests requiring wheelchair assistance. However, the tour is not suitable for guests with severe mobility issues.
We can always offer a modified tour route but it goes without saying that some of the presentations throughout the tour will be missed and the overall experience will not be as complete for the tour participant in that case.
If you are planning to push a stroller, please let us know at least 24 hours before the tour begins to so that we can ensure you have the best tour experience possible.
We typically have multiple tour starting times running each day between 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM. Please take a look at our tour calendar to see our full listing of available tours for a particular day.
If one of the listed tour starting times does not fit your schedule, please contact us directly with a request for a special starting tour time and we’ll try to make it happen!
We understand that there are sometimes last minute changes made to a cruise ship schedule and on occasion, a ship that is scheduled to dock in Key West might arrive at a different time/date than listed or in rare cases, bypass the port altogether due to weather, an onboard medical emergency, etc.
We also understand that these changes are out of your control.
In cases where we can reschedule you to join one of our tours or cooking classes on another tour day or at another time- we will. In cases in which, this is not possible, we’ll issue you a gift certificate (with no expiration date) for the full value of your tickets that you’ll be able to use any time in the future. In special cases and when neither of these options is feasible, we’ll assess the possibility of issuing a refund.
The tours end just six short blocks away from the meeting location, about a 5-10 minute walk.
Yes, gift certificates are available for our Southernmost Food Tour and make a perfect gift for holidays, birthdays or any other occasion! To purchase or learn more about our gift certificates, please visit our Gift Certificates page or call us at: (305) 396-2224.
*NOTE- our gift certificates never expire!
Yes, Key West Private Group Food Tours are available for our Southernmost Food Tours. To set up a Private Tour or learn more, please visit our Private Group Tours page and submit a Private Group Tour Request Form. A member of Key West Food Tours team will respond within 48 hours to your inquiry!
Due to the pre-arranged timing of the tour stops, we kindly ask that you wait to shop until after the tour is completed so that we can stay on our food-tasting schedule and ensure that we arrive at our tour partner locations in a timely manner. Remaining on our scheduled route ensures that the food and beverages at each stop are freshly prepared for our tour participants. If you’d like to return to your favorite tasting locations after the tour to make purchases, your tour guide will be happy to direct you to that establishment. We will also provide you with a detailed map displaying our route so that you can return to any of the tasting locations at your leisure.
**We encourage cruise visitors wanting to shop to select an earlier tour time where possible so that they’ll have some time for shopping after the tour is completed before having to head back to the ship.**
We’re constantly making slight changes to our tours every few months. Many parts of the tour remain the same, but we do our best to improve upon and enhance the tour and ensure that it is representative of Key West.
Yes. You can always find parking in this area. There is street parking on Catherine street, and if you are unable to find a spot, a tour guide standing on the corner of the first location will assist you. Please DO NOT park at the spots reserved for the first restaurant as they are very limited. There is plenty of street parking nearby.
Our tours begin promptly at the scheduled starting time.
The first portion of our tour is a meet and greet introduction for about 10 minutes or so- this allows for any late comers. After that- the show must go on in order to ensure that we are able to arrive at all of our tasting locations on time.
If you are scheduled for a tour or cooking class and know you are running behind schedule, please call us at (305) 791-7290 to let us know before the tour begins so that we can give you directions on where to meet us en route.
*Please note that refunds are not given for latecomers!
We highly recommend taking our tour at the beginning of your visit, especially if you’ve never been to Key West before, so that you’ll learn the lay of the land early and will be able to navigate Key West’s delicious culinary landscape with confidence for the remainder of your trip. Of course, another reason we recommend taking our Southernmost Food Tour early on in your visit is so that you have an opportunity to head back to your favorite tasting locations from the Tour to redeem your Key West Food Tour Store Coupons (available to tour participants only).
We often host singles (both visitors and locals looking for something fun and different to do in Nassau) on on our Southernmost Food Tour. We have found that most people who take our tours are adventurous and sociable, excited about trying amazing food, and open to meeting new people (or even making new friends)! We like to think of each tour group as its own family, exploring Key West and sharing foodie moments together. If you are open to meeting new people and having a great time, you will have a wonderful time on our food tour.
Of course! We welcome young foodies on our Southernmost Food Tour but they must be accompanied by an adult.
However, the tours average 3 hours in length and do involve a fair degree of standing and walking so we ask that you consider whether your child would like to participate on a food tour. Parents, who know their children best, should assess the situation individually.
There will be a non-alcoholic beverage served to the children during the tasting.
Please note, there is a special Child Ticket Fare of $49 for children joining the tour, ages 4-12 who will be eating. Children under the age of 3 not participating in the tastings do not require a separate ticket.
Absolutely not! Our Southernmost Food Tour combines architectural commentary, historical facts, local culture and culinary insights into a unique a 3 hour experience. Imagine walking through old Key Wesr tasting our island’s most delicious foods while learning about the neighborhood from real locals.
Tickets must be purchased in advance. Purchasing tickets at the start of the tour would not give us enough time to secure food tastings that are prepared for you.
Tours usually sell out ahead of time. In order to get the day, time, and number of tickets you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can only be purchased with a Visa, AMEX, or MasterCard from our website or by calling 1-305-396-2224. Cash and/or walk-up traffic the day of the tours are not accepted.
Yes. There will be bathrooms at almost every tasting we have, and two of the stops will be designated bathroom breaks.
At this time, we do not offer tours in any other languages except English.
We absolutely do! We can accommodate a variety of special requests (family reunions, Birthday parties, out of town guests, corporate, conventions, festivals, parades, grand openings and more).
In addition to a healthy appetite, please bring along your e-ticket (electronic form is fine) to give to your tour guide at the tour starting point.
In terms of clothing, we suggest that you wear comfortable, light clothing and walking shoes. Summer months (May-September) in Key West can be very hot and humid and we recommend that you wear sun protection i.e. sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, etc.
Ice water will be provided at several of our tasting locations throughout the tour to help keep you hydrated. However, you might also like to bring your own bottle of water with you.
We also suggest you bring a camera to capture the memories you’ll create during the tour and lastly-gratuity for your tour guide if he/she impresses you!
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