Start 2022 in Key West – January Island Happenings

Winter is the best time of year to travel south. What better destination than Key West? Why come to Key West in January? The truth is that January is one of the best times to visit Key West for a number of reasons. The holidays have passed and Key West begins to slow down for awhile. January is the slowest of our winter months. Come down to escape the cold and beat the crowds! The sun sets just after 6:00 p.m. leaving plenty of time to enjoy the night life. The average air temperature is between 65 – 75 degrees (Fahrenheit). The water averages 69 degrees (F), but if you have a vacation rental with a heated pool you’re set for swimming! For fishing enthusiasts, January is best for cobia, king mackerel and sailfish, but also good for amberjack, bonefish, grouper, redfish, tarpon and wahoo. In true Key West fashion, there are plenty of events occurring in January to make your stay more exciting. We’ll cover a few, but make sure to check the calendar of events at for a complete listing.

Bookworms and literature lovers are sure to enjoy the Annual Key West Literary Seminar. This non-profit organization celebrates American writers by exploring new themes year after year.

Explore this year’s topic, titled “The Dark Side”, by exploring mystery, crime and thriller. The seminar holds two sessions of four day events including lectures, panels and readings at the historic San Carlos Institute on Duval Street. Be sure to check out all of the seminar’s offerings and more details on their website at Book a private home rental for the literary seminar to enjoy peace and quiet to reflect on the event’s takeaways.

Sunglasses and flip flops, hot sunshine and palm trees, cold fruity drinks and…seafood, of course! The Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen’s Association knows how to celebrate seafood! Join in for the Annual Florida Keys Seafood Festival at Bayview Park on January 15th & 16th. The all day family friendly event (11 a.m. – 8 p.m.) features fresh seafood served by local fishermen, live music and more!

Continue feasting on delicious local cuisine for the second annual Key West Food & Wine Festival. Fresh seafood and local ingredients combine for a Key West-style party. Events include food tastings at sunset and educational seminars covering food and wine. Learn about our rich local food and drink heritage. Choose from a number of different events including the “Kick off your Flip Flops” Beach Party, Grand Tasting, Shrimp Boil, Duval UNCORKED, and so much more! Varieties of seminars are offered throughout the festival and fill up fast, so head on over to their website and register to get a seat!

Ask us at Rent Key West Vacations how you can purchase your VIP ticket and pick it up when you check in! The Key West Craft Show is a favorite event that brings people from all regions to our wonderful island, and has even gained repeat attention from the Sunshine Artists’ Magazine for being one of the top 200 in the nation. Art and craft vendors sprawl out along Whitehead and Caroline Streets for several blocks to showcase their handmade works of pottery, fabric, glass wood, jewelry and other creations.

 It’s easy to see why the beginning of the year is the perfect time to visit us here at Rent Key West Vacations! Call us today to book your perfect vacation rental and start your year off right!