Visiting Key West in October

October Tips, Weather, Events and Deals

October is a world-renowned month in Key West thanks to the famous and flamboyant Fantasy Fest which dominates the island during the latter part of the month (October 19 – 28, 2018). Guests looking for a peaceful vacation during fall can enjoy a more tranquil retreat during early to mid-October which is a popular time for couples to unwind on island time and make the most of some relaxation on powder soft sands. Columbus Day on October 8 is an ideal time in the month to escape for a long weekend in the tropical sunshine. Guests can take it easy around one of our six sparkling pools, explore the cultural hot spots in Old Town Key West, practice their skills on our nearby golf course, or just kick back and stroll around the resort in our unrivaled setting.

October weather in Key West

The heat of the summer has cooled down a few degrees by the time October begins, leaving the air comfortably warm with average highs of 84° F. Sun-seekers will still be in their element bathing beneath the golden rays on white sand beaches and by our swimming pools, and the chances of rain are very low during the month of October.

The Atlantic hurricane season, which can affect Florida Keys tourism begins June 1st and ends on November 30th. Traditionally, the highest potential for storms is between August 15 and October 15. 

  • Average High Air Temp 84° F (29° C)
  • Average Low Air Temp 76° F (24° C)
  • Average Water Temp 82° F (28° C)
  • Average Rainfall 4.4 inches (11.2 cm)
  • Average Sunset Time 7:13 p.m.

Top Tips for packing your bags in October

  • Sun protection: sun block, sun hat, sun glasses, after-sun cream
  • Light layers for cooler evenings and daytime boat trips
  • Beach clothing, including flip flops and swimwear

October 2018 Events and Holidays

Columbus Day on October 8 is a perfect opportunity for a long weekend escape to Key West while the island remains peaceful before the start of Fantasy Fest and Halloween celebrations. The island’s most popular events in October include: