At the end of the rainbow, the island city of Key West sits at the very tip of US HWY 1. Joined tenuously to the mainland by a series of bridges, the city is as far south as you can get in the continental United States and is closer to Cuba than it is to Miami. Far enough away from the constraints of the mainland, Key West has been able to maintain its unique Caribbean flair and Bohemian style that make the island so popular. Although quite a jaunt to get here, there are numerous ways to travel to Key West and once you are here, you will see it is well worth the trip.
From Key West Airport to the Mermaid & The Alligator
From Miami Airport:
From Fort Lauderdale Airport:
**Do not take I-95 south toward Miami! This is the main commute corridor between Ft. Lauderdale and Miami and can add significant time.
Often a more affordable choice, many of our guests fly into Miami or Ft. Lauderdale Airport, rent a car and take a leisurely drive down scenic US Hwy 1. The Florida Keys Overseas Highway, from north of Key Largo to Key West, has been designated an All-American Road. The Keys highway is the only All-American Road in Florida. Only 30 other roadways in the nation have earned the prestigious title.
Rental Car Companies in Key West
Avis: 305-296-8744, at Airport
Budget: 305-294-8868, at Airport
Hertz: 305-294-1039, at Airport
National: 1-888-826-6890, 2516 North Roosevelt Blvd
Thrifty: 294-8644, at Airport
Dollar: 296-9921, at Airport
Most major airlines fly into the Key West International airport, although they do have to go through larger hub airports such as Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, Atlanta and Charlotte. Check with your favorite carrier for additional information. Some of the smaller airlines, such as Cape Air and private charters schedule direct flights from many cities in Florida and the Bahamas.
Airlines Flying into Key West
American Airlines: 1-800-433-7300
US Air: 1-800-428-4322
Continental Air: 1-800-523-3273
Air Tran: 1-800-247-8726
Partner Airlines that connect with the above listed airlines
American Eagle - contact via American Airlines
Smaller Charter Planes
Air Key West: 305-923-4033
Noble Air: 786-251-4345
Key West Express Ferry
Taking the Ferry Boat from Ft. Meyers Beach and Marco Island into Key West is a great option for those on the west coast of Florida. The Ferry is outfitted with large televisions and they have a snack bar and bar so you can sit back and just enjoy the ride. The trip is approximately 3 ½ hours and they dock at the Key West Bight, only a 15-minute walk to The Mermaid & The Alligator.
Key West Express Ferry: 1-877-243-2378 *check schedule before booking room
Let someone else do the driving. Sit back and enjoy the gorgeous view of tropical blue waters as you head to the last island at the end of the chain.
Keys Shuttle: provides door to door service between the Keys and the Miami and Ft. Lauderdale Airports. (305) 289-9997 or (888)-765-9997
Greyhound Bus: makes scheduled stops along the route between Miami Airport and Key West. 305-296-9072 or (800) 231-2222