Renowned for its buzzing nightlife, idyllic beaches, watersports opportunities and historical landmarks, the island city of Key West is one of the most popular destinations in this part of America.
Many of those who come to Key West choose to base themselves in Miami, where a wide number of tour companies offer to transport you on the 160 mile hop south of the mainland. We’ve picked out some of the best tours available.
FROM $550 PER PERSON
Travelling to Key West with Miami Seaplane Tours is as much about the journey as the destination. Flying across the South Florida waters aboard one of the company’s ultra-comfortable aircrafts is truly an exhilarating experience that will leave your mesmerised even before you set foot on dry land. Once there, you’ll find a huge range of things for you to see and do on this one-day tour, including incredible watersports, lively nightlife, pristine beaches and historic landmarks. Among the highlights will be the chance to wander along Duval Street, a vibrant strip lined with shops, bars and cafes. You’ll also get to walk in the footsteps of a literary icon by enjoying a drink in Sloppy Joe’s bar, a favourite hangout of novelist Ernest Hemingway. To wind down, you can enjoy a relaxing walk through some of the island’s most beautiful courtyards and gardens.
FROM $25 PER PERSON
When it comes to bus companies offering Key West excursions, Miami to Key West Bus Tours are as good as it gets. Their highly affordable service has received superb reviews from previous visitors, with daily transportation aboard a modern and comfortable charter bus, accompanied by a knowledgeable and friendly tour guide. Both one-way and round-trip tickets are available, while guests can also book themselves onto a variety of fun-packed activities for when they arrive in Key West, such as parasailing and glass bottomed boat tours. A whole range of on-board bus amenities, including video/DVD players with multi-monitors, reclining seats, large luggage space, restrooms and free WiFi, add to the sense of comfort and convenience.
FROM $119 PER PERSON
Fun in the sun is in ample supply on this action-packed day trip off the coast of Key West. Guests will be transported to the island from Miami where you’ll get to explore Key West’s myriad attractions. After that, you’ll sail away on a 2-hour cruise on board a 50-foot catamaran. Once you reach your destination, the boat will anchor out and you’ll be invited to jump into the water for a 1-hour snorkelling session above a coral reef dotted with some 600 stunning species of marina life. If you’re new to snorkelling, fear not as professional instruction will be provided.
FROM $68.99 PER PERSON
Starting with a Miami hotel pick-up, this day trip off the coast of Key West can be tailored to however you like to spend your time Take a hop-on hop-off trolley tour or climb aboard the famous Conch Tour Train to see the sites. Sail away on a glass-bottom boat, get the pulse racing with some parasailing or delve into the deep for a magical snorkelling session above a coral reef. Or if you prefer, just relax, soak up the unique Key West atmosphere with its street artists, outdoor cafes and restaurants, feel the warm sea breeze and enjoy the day before your return journey.
FROM $1,976 PER PERSON
You can experience the wonders of Florida from the saddle of a Harley-Davidson, the iconic American motorcycle, on this fabuluous 7-night self-guided tour from Miami. The 895-mile round-trip route from Miami to Key West takes in all the essential east and west coast cities, as well as legendary roads such as the Overseas Highway. The trip also includes overnight accommodation in 3-star, biker-friendly hotels in Miami, Key Largo, Key West, Florida City, Naples and Orlando. All that’s needed is a valid US motorcycle license, at least a year of motorcycle experience, and a sense of adventure as broad as the open roads you’ll traverse.