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How to travel to Key West
Airline tickets, car rentals, and ferries.
Key West is an island that lies miles off Florida's south coast. The tiny island measures 2 miles by 4 miles and is actually closer to Havana, Cuba than to Miami, Florida. To get to Key West, visitors have the choice of air, land and sea transportation.
Flights to Key West: Daily flights by a handful of major airlines bring in many passengers from all over the world. The airlines that service Key West are Delta, American, US Air, Cape Air, and Continental. For most every air traveler, you will change to a smaller plane in South Florida, for the final leg to Key West. Since our airport is small, expect your connection flight to Key West to be on a small plane. Almost all of these flights originate from either: Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, or Orlando. The one airline offering an out-of-state flight is Delta's Atlanta-Key West route...a route that is especially desirable for those in the Peachtree State. If you fly during daylight, the view of the Florida Keys is breathtaking.
Rental Cars & Driving to Key West Key West is the westernmost island among the Florida Keys that you can drive to, and is one of the most scenic roads in North America. A series of bridges and islands extend nearly 90 miles off the mainland until it's end at U.S. Highway 1 mile marker zero: Key West.
Along the drive, you can check what the rest of the Keys look and feel like. But it is the bridges, sloping above the blue green water, that steal the show. The longest, the Seven Mile Bridge, gives drivers the truest sense that they are heading out to sea.
From Miami, the drive will take around 3 hours, from Ft. Lauderdale a little closer to 4 hours. Take your time on this drive. The speed limits are strictly enforced, especially in the 14 mile Key Deer zone where the speed is 35 at night and 45 during the day.
Once in Key West, you will not be using that rental car much. If you are staying in Old Town, the historic quarter, most everything is within a short, charming walk. Many guests return their car at the airport, and pick another one back up at the end of their week.
Ferry to Key West
Ferries are available to Key West from Ft.Meyers. These trips are full day with overnight options available.
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Key West is not a huge city and the Old Town area, where most visitors spend their time, is a large part of it, so it is quite easy to get around. Duval Street, often called the longest street in the world (because it starts at the Atlantic Ocean and ends at the Gulf of Mexico) is only about a mile long. A walking tour of Old Town is a very pleasant and interesting thing to do, so people who like walking will not be displeased.
Unless you plan to stay in the newer areas of town, where the hotels and stores have their own parking lots, keeping a car in Key West may be more of a hindrance than a help. Many hotels and guesthouses in the Old Town area do not have off street parking so, when you make your reservations, ask about it.
Metered spaces are available downtown. At 300 Grinnell Street you will find a Park and Ride garage. Parking is relatively inexpensive and you can ride a regularly operating shuttle to your destination. In addition, there are several privately owned parking lots all around the area, and the cost varies.
Key West also has several unmetered parking spaces outside the main commercial area. But be aware that about half of the spaces are marked "residential parking" and if your car doesn't have Monroe County plates or a residential sticker issued by the City, you will be ticketed there.
Taxi service is available citywide and Charter Limo service is also easy to obtain.
About 15% of Key West's natives use bicycles to get around town. The island is pretty small and doesn't have any hills. Some guesthouses and hotels provide bike rentals to their guests and rental shops are plentiful. Bicycle paths are becoming more prevalent, and where they are not available, you are permitted to use the sidewalk. But, remember, pedestrians always have the right of way and riders need to follow all traffic laws as if they were driving a car. You will be ticketed for running a red light or stop sign, or for riding at night without a light on your bike.
And, of course, where there is an island, there are mopeds and scooters, and Key West is no exception. Many times you will be able to rent them from the same shops that rent bicycles. But, please be careful. Ambulances respond to around 300 moped accidents each year and tourists are involved in about three-quarters of them; many of which are alcohol related. Most of the accidents are not serious. You must be at least eighteen years old and a licensed driver with a credit card in order to rent a moped or scooter. Helmets are available upon request.