GETTING TO KEY WEST - Key West Map.
FLYING TO KEY WEST
If you are driving to Key West from Miami, be sure to stop for lunch at the Morada Bay Beach Cafe (Mile Marker 81.6, Bayside in Islamorada) for a fish sandwich or shrimp po-boy.
Yes, Key West has an airport! The Key West International Airport is located about 4 miles from the historic district and across from Smather’s Beach. American Airlines, Continental Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Airlines and US Airways all offer service into Key West with a connection somewhere else in Florida. Delta Airlines also offers a connection to Key West from Atlanta aboard a small jet. There is also a great regional airline called Cape Air. They offer service from Ft. Myers and Naples airports, on the Gulf Coast and Fort Lauderdale airport on the East Coast. Flying into Key West usually increases the cost of your airline ticket but is more convenient. Upon arrival, you can take a taxi to your hotel. There is really no need for a rental car especially if you stay in the old town area. Getting around our 2 by 4 mile island is easy.
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Key West, FL 33040
DRIVING TO KEY WEST
Many people fly to either Miami or Fort Lauderdale airports, rent a car and drive down. Driving time from Miami is 4 hours. From Fort Lauderdale it's 5 hours. There is only one road in and it can be slow moving at times. Take your time and enjoy the scenery. The 7 Mile Grill is a cute place to stop for a bite to eat. It is located just before the 7 mile bridge, on the right at mile marker 47.5. You may want to check out Pigeon Key. This tiny five acre island, located under the old 7 mile bridge, once provided housing and headquarters for Henry Flagler’s railroad workers. Be sure to obey the speed limit, especially in Big Pine Key home of the endangered Key Deer.
NEW TOLL INFORMATION:
Officials with Florida's Turnpike Enterprise plan to introduce an all-electronic system Feb. 19 to collect tolls from motorists who travel Florida’s Turnpike between Exit 1 and Exit 47. That segment of the turnpike, known as the Homestead Extension, is a primary route on the way to the Florida Keys.
The new system affects four toll plazas between mile posts 0 in Florida City and 47 at the Miami-Hollywood/Fort Lauderdale line. It eliminates driver stops at booths to pay tolls and officials say electronic toll collection is safer, more efficient and seamless.
Tolls are to be collected only with SunPass, a prepaid toll program, or with TOLL-BY-PLATE, a system that photographs each vehicle’s license plate and mails a monthly bill for tolls, plus a $2.50 administrative fee, to the vehicle’s registered owner.
Vacationers traveling in their own cars can obtain a mini-SunPass sticker via mail before their trips for $4.99 and receive the cost back in toll credits. The pass also is available at many major Florida retailers and Turnpike service plazas. It works on all Florida toll roads and many bridges, said officials, adding that SunPass customers typically get a 25 cent discount at most toll plazas and exits on turnpike roads. For details on purchasing a mini-SunPass, visit www.sunpass.com or call 1-888-865-5352.
For visitors renting cars in Florida, most major rental companies have programs allowing customers to utilize the TOLL-BY-PLATE system. Tolls, plus varying service fees, are automatically charged to the credit card used to rent the vehicle. For details, including pricing options at participating rental car agencies, visit www.sunpass.com/rentalcar.
Officials caution motorists that under no circumstances should they attempt to stop in high-speed electronic tolling lanes.
Travelers can call 1-800-749-PIKE (7453) or visit www.FloridasTurnpike.com/all-electronictolling for more information about the all-electronic tolling on Florida's Turnpike.
Details on the new Florida Turnpike procedures also can be found on the Florida Keys & Key West website.
BY FERRY TO KEY WEST
If you are on the Southwest Coast of Florida, you could take the high speed ferry to Key West. It departs from Fort Myers Beach every morning and arrives in Key West around 12:30PM. There is also service in the winter only from Marco Island to Key West. The boats are very comfortable. Food and drinks are available for purchase from the snack bar.