Is the holiday hustle and bustle starting to wear you down? The traffic, the crowds at the mall, the endless search for parking? And all of that on top of your already hectic schedule?! Enough is enough.
We want to share with you the way we get around in Key West, and it doesn’t involve traffic, parking or even cars. If you’re planning a vacation to Key West during the holidays or the new year, we invite you to unwind and get around town island-style.
If you’re vacationing in Key West, you’re typically getting here one of three ways: by plane, by car on the Overseas Highway or by boat on the Key West Express from Fort Myers. I always recommend staying in Old Town because that’s where all of the attractions are and it’s easy to get around. If you drove into town, don’t pick up the keys to your car again until you leave.
In Key West, our preferred method of transportation is the bicycle. A close second and third? Scooters and skateboards. Of course, a nice stroll through town on foot is also pleasant. But if you really want to get around in Key West the way the locals do, I recommend renting bikes. Once you arrive, ask your concierge to help you with rentals or just take a walk outside. It won’t be long before you find a place to rent them.
Key West is an extremely bike-friendly island. For the first five years that I lived here, a bicycle was my only means of transportation. Bike riding is great because you can get anywhere you want to go in Old Town in about 5 to 10 minutes. For visitors, it’s an amazing way to get off the beaten path and explore all the beautiful conch cottages and side streets lined with bougainvillea and palm trees. You never have to worry about finding a place to park or missing your turn. You just get on your bike and pedal wherever the wind takes you! Of course, there are plenty of people who love renting scooters and making their way around the island with a little more speed, so that’s definitely another rental option.
I included the picture of the couple kayaking in Key West because I don’t want you to forget another amazing way to see the island: on the water! Be the captain of your own vessel on a kayak tour in the mangroves on our Island Adventure tour or on a jet ski in our tour around the island.
There are so many great ways to get around in Key West and none of them include traffic, gridlock, parking or stress! We hope to see you out and about on a bicycle during this holiday season or in the new year!
Shayne Benowitz is a freelance writer. Follow the fun on Twitter @FuryKeyWest.