Transportation in the Florida Keys

One of many means of transportation in the Florida Keys.

One of many means of transportation in the Florida Keys.

Transportation in the Florida Keys can be different from one Key to another.  For instance, the Florida Keys is home to two airports.  One is located in the Middle Keys, on Marathon Key.  It’s small, open to cargo and private pilots, but currently does not have any major airlines flying in or out of their facility.  The other airport is the Key West International airport which operates much like a larger facility of the same kind, only a much smaller version.

Many visitors choose to fly in to Miami International or Ft. Lauderdale airport, rent a car and drive down to the Keys.  This is a cost effective way and once in the Florida Keys, the drive is spectacular, crossing many bridges as you work your way down U.S. 1.  If you fly in to Key West and are staying in Key West, as you read on, you will learn that their is no need for a rental car on the island.

If you drove down on vacation, you have the ability ( as someone who rents a car) to traverse throughout the Florida Keys and perhaps experience other means of transportation in differing locations.

Lets begin in Key Largo, the northernmost point of the Florida Keys.  Here you will find a fascinating ride to our living coral reef aboard a glass bottom boat.  Or perhaps sit in the very seat once occupied by the great actor Humphrey Bogart.  Hop aboard the original steamboat, “The African Queen” and take a pleasure ride through the canals and waterways of Port Largo.  Stop for lunch overlooking a beautiful lagoon and try your skills at captaining the steamboat on the return trip to homeport.  You may also enjoy an afternoon sunset cruise on Key Largos Paddleboat, brought here from the Mississippi area.

Islamorada is home to a car turned boat, the floating pink Cadillac, which cruises the docks of the Lorelei.  Take a step back in time with a horse and carriage ride during events at Founders Park, or take to the water on a headboat out of Bud and Marys Marina for a day of group fishing.

Heading down to Key West you can plan to park your car and discover many different methods of getting from one place to another on the island.  Realizing that Key West is only 5 miles, you can see how a bicycle rental will work just fine.  And no need to worry about parking a car… which is not as easy as it may seem.  Key West is home to a trolley service and Conch Tour train, both perfect for learning about and seeing history in comfort.  You can also choose to rent scooters, electric cars and even motorcycles.

Most all of the Keys from Key Largo to Key West, and points in between, offer jet ski rentals, kayak and canoe rentals and powerboat rentals.  You will also find taxi and airport shuttle services that run to all major airports to and from the Florida Keys.  Take a look through Best of The Florida Keys Internet Guide to see what is available in the area you plan to visit.

So, you can see how parking your car and discovering transportation in the Florida Keys can be an adventure of it’s own.

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