Sunset Key and Latitudes


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The History of Sunset Key

During the 19th century, sediment from repeated Navy dredging projects in Key West’s Harbor was deposited a few hundred yards off the northwestern corner of the island. One of the resulting new islands was designated a fueling station and named Tank Island.

In 1986, the US government sold the 27-acre Tank Island to a developer. Westin Resorts built an exclusive resort on the northwestern quadrant and the island became known (at least to tourists) as Sunset Key. Exclusive vacation properties, owned by celebrities and wealthy business owners such as Oprah Winfrey, span the other three-quarters.

A Sunset Key Property

A Sunset Key Property

Latitudes

Latitudes is the renowned Westin resort restaurant on Sunset Key. I mentioned this restaurant in a previous blog post about romantic dining options in Key West. If you’re interested in planning a romantic sunset dinner at this particular restaurant, I suggest you reserve well in advance. Determine the time of sunset for your selected evening and then book online through Open Table. Take into consideration that the reserve time is when you’re expected to be at the Sunset Key Ferry on the Key West side. There’s a ten-minute ride across the harbor.

The view from ferry of Sunset Key Westin Resort

The view from ferry of Sunset Key Westin Resort

Once you arrive at Sunset Key, you may stop at the outside bar for a drink or enter the restaurant directly for your table. On the evening we dined there, we were given the option of a patio table or inside. The view outside is breathtaking but beware the heat. The inside tables still allow for a beautiful view while providing a cooler, intimate setting. Diners are welcomed (even expected) to leave their tables as the sun makes it descent beneath the watery horizon.

View from an intimate inside table at Latitudes

View from an intimate inside table at Latitudes

Coconut Crusted Grouper

Coconut Crusted Grouper

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Citrus Marinated Salmon

The food at Latitudes is delightfully presented. I chose the seafood cocktail appetizer, the mixed greens salad, and coconut crusted grouper with baby bok choy and black beans. My honey had the lobster bisque and citrus marinated salmon with risotto and grilled asparagus. The service was fine, the wait staff attentive but not intrusive. A couple can enjoy an intimate conversation, a great meal, and an unforgettable sunset. After your meal, transport will be waiting at the end of a short walk to the launch.

We found our meal at Latitudes to be a beautiful start to another romantic evening on our Key West getaway.

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Sunset at Latitudes

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Sailing Past Sunset Key

A View from the Dock

A View from the Dock

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16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Marcia
    Nov 18, 2013 @ 22:56:12

    Beautiful pictures, Jolyse. Looks like a lovely place for romance and yummy food! Hope to get there one day.

    • Jolyse Barnett
      Nov 19, 2013 @ 16:29:39

      Hi Marcia! Thanks for stopping by. Latitudes is just one of many incredible romantic dining options in Key West. Yes, launching to an exclusive island is cool, but Key West is pretty cool all on its own. 🙂

  2. davidprosser
    Nov 19, 2013 @ 00:49:45

    Sounds fantastic. Roll on that Lottery win !
    xxx Cwtch xxx

  3. PJ Sharon
    Nov 19, 2013 @ 09:13:58

    Just what I needed on this chilly morning in the Berkshires, Jolyse! Thanks for warming up my day:-)

  4. jeffjesszachjeff Armstrong
    Nov 19, 2013 @ 17:33:56

    love the pictures you took. Beautiful!

  5. Jill Weatherholt
    Nov 19, 2013 @ 17:47:57

    So happy to see you had a great trip, Jolyse…and yummy food! 🙂

    • Jolyse Barnett
      Nov 19, 2013 @ 20:19:17

      Thanks, Jill. How’s the weather down your way? Yesterday was a beautiful 67 degree day and today we couldn’t get out of the forties. Yikes. Good news for us, unlike Alaska, we at least have daylight. Can you believe Alaskans have to tolerate darkness until January 22nd? Ick.

  6. Jeannie Moon
    Nov 21, 2013 @ 19:49:18

    Lovely, as always. Thanks for the escape on this cold day.

    • Jolyse Barnett
      Nov 22, 2013 @ 19:56:06

      Thanks for the kind words, Jeannie. I have a feeling it’s going to be a long winter. I’ll do my best to keep the warm settings coming your way. 🙂

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