Island getaways are supposed to be nothing but relaxing with lots of fun in the sun. So why go through the hassle of planning your transportation when all you want to do is get to your beach chair? Read our handy guide of the best ways to get around Key West. Forget sitting in traffic, looking for a parking spot or even the thought of a car all together.
Stay in Old Town
This neighborhood is where all the popular attractions are located and it’s an easy area to navigate. By staying close to the action, you won’t need a car until it’s time to head home. You’ll find a great selection of luxury hotels on or near the ocean as well as quaint B&B style inns with rustic Key West charm.
A Bike is Just Right
In Key West, our preferred method of transportation is the bicycle. It’s easy to operate, it allows you to travel the island and you can enjoy the ocean breeze at all times. It’s also an amazing way to get off the beaten path and explore the beautiful side streets lined with bougainvillea and palm trees. You’ll never worry about finding a place to park or missing your turn. You just get on your bike and pedal wherever the wind takes you! If you’re driving to Key West and have the space, pack your own. If that’s not an option, there are plenty of rental locations around the island. Once you check into your hotel, ask the concierge to help you secure a bike rental. If you’re on the north side of the island check out the Marriott Beachside on N Roosevelt Blvd and rent a bike with Fury. We offer adult unisex frames with all the accessories you’ll need, from a helmet and light to a lock and keys. Prices start at $20 for a 24-hour rental. If you’re in Old Town check out the Key West Info Center at 1200 Duval Street for a great selection of bike rentals and all the latest gear.
Cruising Around Town
Enjoy the sunny weather of Key West while conserving your energy by renting a scooter or moped. These modes of transportation will get you around the island quicker than a bicycle, however you’ll have to find appropriate parking when you decide to stop at an attraction, eatery or other point of interest. Since Key West isn’t a hustle and bustle kind of town, riding either a scooter or moped is a safe choice as long as you stay alert while driving. There are many companies around the island that offer daily and extended rental options.
Lace up Your Walking Shoes
It’s no surprise you’ll spend a lot of time eating fresh seafood and sipping sweet cocktails during your stay in Key West. And we don’t blame you; the phrase “it’s 5 o’clock somewhere” is like our unofficial motto. Embrace a few extra vacation calories without feeling so guilty by choosing to walk the island instead of driving. Key West is just over 5 square miles, making it a walk-friendly town. Stroll through Mallory Square, groove down Duval Street or gaze out to the sea at the Historic Seaport. Just like with a bicycle, by walking around the island you can take your time admiring the scenery and build your own daily schedule.
See Key West from a Different Angle
While exploring Key West on land is a must, why not get creative and see the island from a different angle? Spend a day at the beach swimming in the aquamarine waters or schedule a watersports adventure. Whether it’s a heart-pumping jet ski tour with views of the Southernmost Point, a calming kayak trip through the Key West backcountry, or a full-day boat rental, traveling Key West by water is sure to be a check off the bucket list.
Tour Key West Aboard the Trolley
Not sure which attractions you want to add to the daily itinerary? Or maybe you’ve never visited Key West before and want to see everything the island has to offer. Hop aboard the Old Town Trolley for an entertaining and educational sightseeing tour of the entire island. The trolley makes 13 stops around Key West including ones at the Key West Aquarium, Duval Street and the Southernmost Point. You can choose to stay aboard the trolley for the duration of the tour, which is about 90 minutes. This will allow you to get a lay of the land and decide which points of interest you’d like to go to. Or you can hop off at any of the stops, explore the nearby area and hop back on the next trolley when you’re ready to resume the fun. For those looking to explore just the Old Town neighborhood, consider the Conch Tour Train. This 90-minute tour makes three 10-minute stops along the way.
The Old Faithful
You can also choose a more traditional form of transportation by renting a car, either powered by gasoline or electricity, or driving your own personal vehicle. Keep in mind that parking is limited at many of the island’s most popular hangouts. Avoid this hassle while still enjoying the amenities of a vehicle by hailing one of Key West’s eye-catching pink taxis. You can also inquire about shuttle service at your hotel. This service will be limited to select drop-off and pick-up locations and hours of operation, but it will be convenient if you’re staying outside of the Old Town neighborhood.