What can we say, the weather here is mostly glorious year-round. With temps rarely dipping below 70 and rarely going above 90, it’s pretty temperate here. The difference is the humidity level.
Because of the tradewinds, Key West is generally not as humid as the Upper Keys. But when I say “not as humid,” take into account that Florida often has humidity levels as high as 95% on the mainland. So, even though we have an average of around 76 %, it’s still humid.
Hate the humidity? Then you may want to consider a wedding during our least humid part of the year, November-April. The downside? Much higher prices during peak season. However, it’s still warm enough to swim (even in January), and something is always blooming.
Hurricanes. Yep, we get them. It’s a concern, so be aware that technically our hurricane season starts June 1 and ends November 30. Historically though, most of our hurricanes have hit between August 15 and October 1.
If you plan a Florida Keys wedding in September/October, a heads up that some local businesses and restaurants shutter up for a few weeks during that time; it’s kind of unofficial summer vacation here.
Also, look into wedding insurance. Read the coverage thoroughly, though, because hurricanes are considered an “Act of God” by many insurers and are not covered. Your Florida Keys wedding venue might even offer it, or can connect you with someone who does.
UPPER KEYS: WEDDING VENUES FROM ISLAMORADA TO KEY LARGO
The Upper Keys have a diverse landscape of private homes and resorts for most types of destination weddings. You do have to take into account that the locals live in this neighborhoods, so unless the rental has a event license, you may want to be careful.
Because there are many more options than the Lower Keys to rent a vacation home or do a full buy-out of a resort, you and your guests won’t have to do as much shuttling around to be in one place.
If you’re considering having a large wedding (that’s anything over 150 people around here), then you might be hard-pressed to find a venue that offers a wedding package and lodging together for everyone in Key West. The Upper Keys have many more options for you in this regard.
Travel is easier for weddings in the upper keys; you can fly into Ft Lauderdale (FLL) or Miami (MIA); both are within a two-hour drive of the Upper Keys wedding venues. It’s easy to secure rental cars or shuttles in these airports, and parking is much less of an issue than the Lower Keys.
The vibe in the Upper Keys is one of a luxe, laid back, island feel. Its more bohemian. The wedding venues have more space than Key West, so you are able to throw the best event. Think of it like Miami’s more chilled out cousin. Still all the amenities and beauty, with a little less nightclubbin’.
If you’re also coming to Florida for destination fishing or diving, you’ll want to spend some time in the Mid to Upper Keys; it’s a fisherman’s paradise. Even if you’ve never put a snorkel to your face, you’re going to want to get out on that water and check it out. Just gorgeous!
There is still the option to take a quick day trip to Key West! Head down to the Southernmost City, visit Duvall Street, and experience all the wonder and weirdness of Key West.
Then, you can return to the more serene beauty of the Upper Keys in just a few hours on one of the prettiest drives in the world. Its more peaceful at night and the mornings are perfection. You also dont have to worry as much about early reception end times in the Upper Keys wedding venues too. Here are some of my favorite wedding venues in the Upper Keys.