Florida Keys for Families a to z guideT
TRANSPORTATION WITHIN KEY WEST
Conch Commute - 3108 Riviera Drive, Key West and Lower Keys - 305-296-0131
This livery service provides transportation for children and seniors throughout Key West and the Lower Keys. Families that have driving limitations can arrange in advance for transportation of their children to sport practice and music lessons.
City Buses - City of Key West Transportation Department - 627 Palm Ave. , Key West - 305-292-8160
Local students ride for 35 cents provided they show their school ID card and children under 5 ride free. Adult charge is 75 cents. Green (Monday through Friday only) and blue routes service the Airport, Smathers Beach and South Roosevelt Blvd. where a number of large motels are located. Timetable and route available at City of Key West Transportation Department.
Bone Island Shuttle - Key West - 305-293-8710
The Bone Island follows a circular route every 15 minutes around the island which includes the Key West tourist attractions and many motel/hotel locations. Stops are made at Sheraton Suites, Radisson Key West, Quality Inn, Wyndham Casa Marina, Fairfield Inn and Ramada Inn. Other stop locations in Key West are Mallory Dock, Bahama Village Market, the Historic Key West Seaport and the Key West Welcome Center. Ticket cost $5 for unlimited use throughout the day between AM and 10 PM.
Old Town Trolley Tours of Key West - 3840 N. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West - 305-296-6688
Unlike the Conch Trains which will not let you get on an off , the Trolley Tour allows you to get on and off throughout the day and provides a 90 minute narrative about old Key West. The trolley follows a circular route and has convenient stops at the Holiday Inn La Concha on Duval Street, Wyndham Casa Marina, Sheraton Suites, Radisson Key West, Fairfield Inn, Key Ambassador, Ramada Inn, and Mallory Square. Other stops are the Southern Most Point Trolley Stop, Angela Street Depot, Key West Hand Printed fabrics, and Old Town Train Welcome Center. Children ages 3 and younger ride free, the fare for ages 4 through 12 is $9, teens and adults pay $18.
TRANSPORTATION TO THE KEYS - DRIVING
Travel south on Florida Turnpike to Florida City and the entrance to the Keys.
Little green numbered signs known as mile markers can be seen every mile along the roadway once your in the Keys.
Driving from Miami International Airport, from Auto rental take LeJeune Road south to 836 West. Then Florida Turnpike south toward the Keys and Key West. Florida Turnpike ends at US 1 in Florida City. Then take U.S. 1 south to your destination in the Keys
Driving from Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, exit the airport or Auto rental and look for signs to 595 West. Follow 595 to the Florida Turnpike to the end then US 1 to the Florida Keys and Key West.
If you are traveling from Florida's west coast, cross to the East Coast on 1-75 Alligator Alley east to the Miami exit, then travel south to the Florida Turnpike.
RENTAL CARS -
You may elect to fly to Miami or Fort Lauderdale and rent a car and drive to the Keys. Rental cars are available in Miami, and Fort Lauderdale, Use the car rental agency map to find the Florida Turnpike and steer south to the Keys. The chain of islands will become noticeable when you reach Key Largo and you have passed through the eastern edge of the Everglades. You'll notice some of the ever changing colors of the waters , milky green to blue and aqua, as you drive over many of the 42 bridges that links the islands of the Florida Keys.
Rental cars are also available in Key West and the Marathon Airport for those flying into Key West or Marathon.
Avis Rent A Car - Marathon - 305-745-5428
Budget Rental - Mararthon
Just Jeeps of the Keys - Local 305-367-1070 - Toll Free 866-JUST JEEPS (that's 866-587-8533). e-Mail: email@example.com - Just Jeeps promotes the spirit of the "Fabulous Florida Keys." They rent 2 door and Custom 4 door S T R E T C H E D Jeep Wranglers. Will deliver and picked up ANYWHERE in the Keys.
Road to the Florida Keys provides a audio tour for those driving their own automobile or a rented one..
Go to www.roadtothefloridakeys.com to find out how to acquire tour disc or tape cassette that will make your journey through the Florida Keys more interesting. Audio tour starts in Florida City and provides history and information on attractions and activities through the five main islands of Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, Big Pine Key and on to Key West.
COMMERCIAL MOTORCOACH OR VAN TRANSPORTATION -
1. Keys Shuttle - Connections to and from the Keys and Miami and Ft Lauderdale Airports -
Door-to-door service to Key Largo and other points in the Keys. Call 24-hours ahead.
Owned and operated by Raul and ana Cisneros, the Keys Shuttle offers door to door service from the airport to Big Pine, Marathon, DUCK KEY, Tavernier, Marathon, Islamorada, and Key Largo. Call for rates. Airport pickup times are 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 2:30 PM , 4:30 PM, 6:30 PM and 8:30 PM daily from Ft. Lauderdale Airport. 305-289-9997 or 1-888-765-9997 http://keysshuttle.50megs.com/ . Keys Shuttle operates 15 passenger vans, but limits occupancy to a maximum of seven paengers . Also offers special group rates and times.
2. Grey Hound Bus - Greyhound Keys Shuttle - leaves Marathon Airport North - Daily 7:05 and 9:50 AM, 12:35 and 6:50 PM, South arrives at Marathon Airport 7:10 and 9:40 AM, 3:40 and 10:10 PM -
(800) 231-2222 has three daily scheduled departures from the Miami & the Miami Airport to all areas in the Keys
Makes numerous scheduled stops between Miami International Airport and the Keys, including Key Largo. 1-800-231-2222
For Fare & Schedule Information call 1 (800) 229-9424 or visit them online at www.greyhound.com
+1 (402) 330-8552 (International areas without toll free access)
(800) 752-4841 (Assistance for passengers with disabilities)
(800) 345-3109 (TDD)
Calls above answered 24 hours daily
Calls in Spanish answered 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. (Central time) daily at (800) 531-5332 (en Español)
The Miami Airport location is a limited service bus stop. For location information, or to purchase a ticket departing from a limited service bus stop, call (800) 229-9424. No Greyhound ticketing is available at the Miami Airport location.
There are four departures each day from the Miami Airport. departures are scheduled to leave at 6:30 am, 12:45 pm, 4:00 pm, and 7:00 pm. Return trips from Key West leave at 6:00 am, 8:45 am, 11:30 am, and 5:45 pm. The trip between detinations takes about 4 hours and 15 minutes.
Besides Key West and Miami , stops are made at BOCA CHICA, BIG COPPITT, SUGAR LOAF SHORES, CUDJOE KEY, RAMROD KEY, BIG PINE KEY, MARATHON ARPT., MARATHON, LAYTON, ISLAMORADA, TAVERNIER, KEY LARGO, HOMESTEAD, MIAMI SOUTH, MIAMI ARPT.
Paradise Transportation Group Limo& Tours Inc.
Daily Airport service, Key West Day Trips for only $59 per person, Limousine rentals starting at $59 per hr., Tours from the keys to Hard Rock Casino, Gulfstream Park, Miccosukee Casino, Viscaya, South Beach and many more attractions.
TEL.(305) 451-0551 Toll free (866) 410-LIMO (5466) http://www.limoinparadise.com
4. Go Tour Airport Express - Miami, Ft. Lauderdale - call for rates - 800-689-3304
5. To 'N' Fro Transportation - Airport service - 305-852-4514, email: TO_N_FRO@iname.com,
van & car service at south Florida airports from Fort Lauderdale to Key West, 1 passenger up to 6 at same rate in our vans. Touring arrangements of Old Town Key West, Big Pine Key Deer Preserve, to the mainland. the Everglades, South Beach, shops
6. Luxury Limousine of the Keys - sedans, limos, vans, motor coaches 305-367-2329 http://www.luxurylimousineinc.com and Cadillac Jack of the Keys airport transportation - http://www.cadillacjackinc.com - 888-233-5550
7. Miami Key West Express - Limo service 305-743-0022
8. Miami Dade Transit Bus - fee $1.50 Florida City to Marathon with scheduled stops in Key Largo, Tavernier and Islamorada. Bus departs Publix Supermarket in Marathon going north7:50 AM, 3:30 PM, 5:30 PM, 9 PM and 11 PM. You can hail the bus anyplace along US 1. Information 305-770-3131
9. Just Jeeps of the Keys - Local 305-367-1070 - Toll Free 866-JUST JEEPS (that's 866-587-8533). listed under rental cars above also provide airport transportation between South Florida and the Keys.
10. Emerald Transportation (800) 524-7894
11. Action Express (305) 743-6800
12. Classy Coaches (305) 853-9500
13. Cadillac Jack - www.cadillacjackinc.com - (888) 233-5550 or (305) 853-5550
14. Executive Transportation Services (305) 453-3726 (cell: 305-394-2848)
15. The Airporter - 305-852-3413
16. Courtesy Transportation - 305-872-9314 - email : courtesyAA@aol.com
17 - Miami Key West Xpress Limo Service - 11400 Overseas Highway, Marathon Shores. call for airport rates 743-0022
Key West Limo Service - Miami to Key West Transporation take you to the southernmost point in US continental. - 786. 299. 2113
TRAIN - Amtrak takes you as far south as Fort Lauderdale. Then take Keys Shuttle bus Amtrak: 1-800-USARAIL.
TRANSPORTATION TO THE KEYS - FLYING - Key West (airport code= EYW)
Array of Direct Flights or connecting Flights to Key West and Marathon.
St. Petersburg/ Clearwater
St. Pete/Clearwater(PIE) Charlotte NY/NJ
Air Tran Airways
US Airways Express
SESONAL? Key West (EYW)
Marathon(MTH) to/from Request only basis
Florida Coastal Air
Air Key West charters (305) 923-4033
Cape Air Key West
Charter Flights to Marathon
Air Key West
AirStar Executive Airways
305.395.6289 - Offering On-Demand Air Charter Service from the Marathon and Key West Airports to the 48 Contiguous States, the Caribbean and Mexico. Six and Eight passenger
Collins Aviation Air Taxi
Offers charter flights to Marathon from St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport on Florida's west coast.
American Airlines - Instead of flying to Miami or Fort Lauderdale as your end destination , another option is to take a flight which connects with Key West and renting a car there and driving to your final destination. American Airlines offers a connecting flight from Miami to Key West via American Eagle. It also connects from tTampa. When flying American and American Eagle for the entire flight with Key West as the final destination there is only a small additional fee. American Eagle (American Airlines), 800-433-7300
Delta Connection, - nonstop regional jet service between Key West and Atlanta and upgraded Key West-Orlando turboprop service starting in September. Atlanta round-trip flights twice a day departing at 8:30 a.m. and 2:25 p.m. Return flights are scheduled for 11:25 a.m. and 5:25 p.m. aboard 70-passenger Bombardier CRJ700 regional jets. Twice-daily Key West-Orlando turboprop service with 40-passenger Bombardier CRJ200 regional jet flights will depart at 7:35 a.m. and 6 p.m. with return flights at 9 a.m. and 7:35 p.m.
Delta Connection carrier Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA) will operate the new service between Key West and Atlanta, while Connection carrier Comair will operate flights between Key West and Orlando.ComAir (Delta), 800-354-9822
United Airlines -Toll Free: 1-800-241-6522, Flights to Key West
US Air Express - SEASONAL ? 1-800-428-4322, The smaller turbo-prop flights from Miami and Tampa will end as of January 8, 2004 and will be replaced with five 50 passenger regional jet flights from Ft. Lauderdale .
Gulfstream Int'l Airlines 1-800-992-8532 - Flights from Miami, Ft Lauderdale and Tampa.
Seacoast - 1-866-302-6278 or 813-477-3861- charter flights between Marathon/Key West and Tampa - 727-507-8582 * * Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cape Air -
Just minutes to Key West. Six hours by car, four hours by boat or 50 minutes by plane. The choice is yours. CapeAir gives you more time to enjoy the unique flavor of the Conch Republic. They've teamed up with Continental Airlines to provide access to worldwide destinations from Ft.Myers, Naples and Sarasota. Enjoy convenient connections with major carriers through Ft.Lauderdale, Ft.Myers, Tampa and Miami. CapeAir is an employee-owned company. They believe that top quality service comes before policies and forms to make your travel experience pleasant and personable. For reservations call us at 1-800-352-0714.
Service to and from Key West and Naples, Ft. Myers, and Ft. Lauderdale 800-352-0714, http://wwwflycapeair.com
U.S. & U.S.V.I. Phone - 800-352-0714 508-771-6944
B.V.I. Phone - 284-495-2100
RESERVATIONS Hours: MONDAY-FRIDAY.....6:00AM - 9:00PM, SATURDAY...6:00AM - 9:00PM, SUNDAY.....7:00AM - 9:00PM
SPANISH SPEAKING RESERVATIONS..866 745-2661
Air Key West - 305-923-4033 - Key West - Email: email@example.com - Charter Airline.direct to your destination
Information subject change without notice. Check with company to confirm all rates, times and details before planning your trip.
BY SEA - The ferry vendors and shedules have change many times making it difficult to keep current on this information.
Sea Key West Express - round trip service between Marco island, Ft. Meyers Beach and Key West - website - keywestshuttle.comphone numbers - 1-888-key-boat, (1-888-539-2628), 1-888-259-5700, (239-394-9700)
The Sea Key West Express boats are
1. brand-new 170' Key West Express Catamaran.
2. 130 foot "Whale Watcher"
3. the 155 ' "Big Cat Express" - Tel: 239 394-9700 Toll Free: 888/539-2628 -
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