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When to visit Key West:

Key West is beautiful and temperate all year round, but there are definitely better times to go than others.  The ideal time to visit is from October through June of every year.  The air temperatures average around 80º during the day, the water is cool but still comfortable, and there is absolutely no threat of frost, ice, or snow in the “winter” months.  During hurricane season, which runs June through November of every year, the weather tends to be hotter, wetter, and more humid.  Hotel rates are also at their cheapest in Key West during this time, so if you want to take the chance, you might get a great deal!

Getting to Key West:

Key West is not as inaccessible as one might think.  A lot of people fly into Miami International Airport, and either rent a car and drive three hours south to Key West, or hop on a commuter flight into Key West International Airport.  The Key West airport doesn’t service very many direct flights, and the ones they do are going to be very expensive.  Most flights to Key West are routed through Miami, anyway.  Another option is to hop on a Greyhound bus from Miami.  Greyhound serves Key West to and from Miami.  It is around a 5-hour ride, and costs around $40.

Another option is the Key West Express, which is a ferry service that operates from Fort Myers and Sanibel Island, which are on the western coast of Florida.  The ride is approximately 5 hours long, and the views are spectacular.

If you drive to Key West, it is highly recommended that you watch your speed along U.S.1 through the Keys.  Speed is strictly enforced in order to safeguard the Key deer population.

Getting Around Key West:

Driving on your own is not recommended in Key West.  This is mostly due to the parking headaches.  If you do drive to Key West and insist on driving around the city on your own, there is a municipal parking garage that you can use.

You can also rent a scooter or bicycle to get around Key West, which is a great way to see the sights.  There are rental shops all over Key West.  The best way to see Key West (and the cheapest) is simply by walking around on foot.

Miscellaneous tips:

Key West follows Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Hurricane season is from June through November of each year.

Key West is a casual city.  Even in the most upscale of restaurants, you can wear comfortable shorts.  No ties or jackets are ever required!

Don’t miss the nightly celebration of the sunset in Mallory Square.  It’s a Key West tradition!



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