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Key West [1] is an island in the Florida Keys.

Get in

Greyhound buses serve Key West with three departures per day to Miami and beyond, stopping at various points along the Keys en route. Non concession fares are $35 one way. Journey time is around four and a half hours.

Key West International Airport [2] is served by several airlines, though a short runway prevents big jets from landing. Direct flights are available from Atlanta, most major cities in Florida, and also some flights to the Bahamas. Fares tend to be quite high. A popular route to fly in is via Miami International Airport.

The Overseas Highway terminates in Key West, and links all the towns in the Keys with mainland Florida, which provides links into the US Interstate network, so driving to Key West is straightforward, though driving around town can be difficult and long-term parking may be expensive.

Get around

Driving around Key West is difficult and parking is expensive. Many visitors choose to rent motor scooters, bicycles, or explore on foot. There is a fairly comprehensive bus system with color-coded lines [3]. Unlimited travel tickets are available for periods between a day and a month and are good value.

Fares:


Single Trip: $1.00

1-Day $3.00/Unlimited Use (purchased from bus driver)

3-Day $6.00/Unlimited Use (purchased from bus driver)

7-Day $12.00/Unlimited Use

31-Day $25.00


Concessions are available for senior cititzens, students etc.

See

  • Key West AIDS Memorial, White Street and Atlantic Boulevard on the beach. The City of Key West has lost more than a thousand of its citizens to the AIDS epidemic. Some of their names are inscribed on a memorial near the White Street Pier. The memorial is embedded in the sidewalk near the ocean, and made of flat smooth granite. The memorial was dedicated on World AIDS Day in 1997, and funded entirely throug private sources. At the time of dedicatio, there were 730 names engraved on the memorial. There are spaces for 1,500 names, and each year more are added and dedicated in a ceremony, also on World AIDS Day in December. A group called Friends of the Key West AIDS Memorial takes care of the memorial.
  • Wildlife Rescue of the Florida Keys, Atlantic Boulevard and White Streets.
  • McCoy Indigenous Park is the setting for this rescue operation in Key West that has released more than 2,000 healed animals into the wild since 1993. They take care of any animal that needs attention, from sea birds to racoons, and at any given time you might see up to 100 creatures healing at the center. They come from all over, from the Seven Mile bridge to the Dry Tortugas. You can visit the patients any day from 9am to 5pm, and the park is open sunup to sundown. It's free, but they like donations and volunteers.

Do

  • Ghosts and Legends of Key West, 90 minute walking tour of Old Key West.[4] "Old Town Key West" Area. The most informative and historically correct versions of Key West ghostlore.
  • Dry Tortugas National Park, Offers daily trips to Fort Jeffersion and the Dry Tortugas National Park.[5]
  • Sebago Watersports, Reef Snorkeling, Sunset Sails and much more.[6] Waterfront Area. All things water. Sebago trips are always full of fun and a wonderful crew that will take good care of you. Sunset Sails, Parasailing, All Day adventures from the tame Island Ting to the active Power Adventure.
  • Dry Tortugas National Park, Details daily trips to Fort Jeffersion.[7] Ferry and seaplane information via Key West.
  • Swim With Dolphins, For ages 5 and older.[8] Key Largo / Key West Area.
  • Glass Bottom Boat, Snorkel, and Dolphin watch, For ages 5 and older.[9] Key West/ Key West Area.
  • Diving in Key West, Offering Daily Dive trips to the reefs near Key West. [10]
  • Key West Fishing Charters, Compare different fishing charters in Key West from light tackle, deep sea, and flats fishing. [11] Key West has some of the finest fishing in the US. Charter a boat for deep sea fishing or troll the backcountry for tarpon.
  • Key West Fishing, Offers charters, guides, and fishing information for Key West. [12] Includes private and group fishing charters.

Buy

  • Key Lime-N-More, 424 Greene Street, Next door to Captain Tony's Saloon, Phone: +1 305 296-9515, [13]. All things Key Lime. The only home made Key Lime pie on the island. Friendly shopkeepers that treat you as more than just another tourist. Hours vary.
  • Fairvilla Megastore, 520 Front Street, across from the Pier House, Phone: +1 305 292-0448, [14]. Intimate apparel, exotic fashions, sensual accessories, romantic gifts, playful novelties, passionate books and tantalizing movies! M-Sa 9AM-2AM, Su 10AM-2AM.
  • Fast Buck Freddie's, 500 Duval Street, Phone: +1 305 294-2007, [15]. The premier department store in Key West. Many items for sale are one of a kind or designed and built just for Fast Buck Freddie's. Also known for it's window displays.

Eat

Budget

  • El Siboney, 900 Catherine Street, +1 305 296 4184. This Cuban restaurant, tucked into a quiet residential intersection, flies well below the tourist radar. Delicious food at very reasonable prices. To sum it up, this is where the locals go for Cuban. Bring your appetite and leave amex at home because they don't accept credit cards.

Mid-range

  • Mangia-Mangia Pasta

Splurge

  • Square One

Drink

  • Captain Tony's Saloon, 428 Greene Street, [16]. Ernest Hemingway's old stomping grounds. Pirate's Punch in a 22 oz cup.

Sleep

  • Southern Cross Hotel, 326 Duval Street. 1-888-364-3200, [17]. A no-frills hotel with a great location. Located right on Duval Street between Eaton and Caroline. Just steps from everything that Key West has to offer.
  • Casa Marina Resort, 1-866-397-6342, [18]. A sophisticated resort with its own private beach.
  • Wyndham Reach Resort & Hotel, 1435 Simonton St. +1 305 296-5000. [19]. With the only natural beach on the island as a backyard, this hotel is located in charming Old Town, and Duval Street is just a block away.
  • Island City House Hotel, 411 William Street. +1 305 294-5702. [20]. This charming and historical hotel offers 24 suites for lodging near Old Town Key West.
  • Pier House Resort & Caribbean Spa, One Duval Street. +1 305 296-4600, +1 800 327-8340. [21]. A tropical resort retreat nestled in lush gardens - located at the corner of Key West's legendary Duval Street and on the Gulf of Mexico - a prime location in the heart of Old Town Key West.
  • Heron House Bed & Breakfast, 512 Simonton Street. +1 305 294-9227, +1 888 861-9066. [22]. In the heart of the historic district, this 23 room bed and breakfast is located near Duval Street. Complimentary breakfast is served in the mornings and a wine and cheese tasting each night.
  • Doubletree Grand Key Resort, 1-888-844-0454, [23]. The newest resort-style property among luxury Key West hotels.
  • The Reach Resort in Old Town Key West, 1435 Simonton St. 1-866-397-6427, [24]. An elegant choice for style and comfort.
  • Key West Bed and Breakfasts, 0 Duval St. 1-877-243-2378, [25]. Offering the largest selection of private inns in Key West. Located throughout the island for individuals, couples, or families.
  • Historic Key West Inns is a collection of six small historic hotels in Key West, Florida. Each inn has a prime location in the "Old Town" section of the island. Visitors can conveniently walk to the shopping and nightlife of Duval Street, stroll through the neighborhoods of the historic district, or reach the shoreline by walking, bicycling, or driving in any direction.

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