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“Seaplane Charter to Little Palm Island Resort” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Key West Seaplanes

Key West Seaplanes
3471 South Roosevelt Blvd., Key West, FL 33040
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Owner description: Key West Seaplanes offers exclusive private seaplane and airplane charter services direct to destinations such as Key West, Little Palm Island, Watson Island Seaplane Base, Miami/Ft Lauderdale, Orlando, Tampa, Naples, Islamorada, Marathon, Hawks Cay, Cheeca Lodge, all Bahamas and all Caribbean islandsand Beyond. Our seaplanes land on water as well as on land! We also offer half/full day private island seaplane adventures that include lunch, beverages and gear! Local Tours and custom tours start at just 30 and 50 minutes. Key West Seaplanes offers flights in our seaplanes as well as non-seaplane options. We have 30 years of local flight experience. Come Fly With Us!
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“Seaplane Charter to Little Palm Island Resort”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

This will be the second time I've chartered Keywest Seaplanes to get to and from Little Palm Island. Nick and Julie were prompt on our pick-up at Landmark Aviation at Miami International. We did a little site-seeing over Miami Beach then down the coast and Florida Keys to Little Palm Island. On our way down, we saw a pod of dolphins and were amazing at the beautiful waters of the keys which you can only see from an aircraft. The flight was almost an hour to LPI and with a very soft landing on water, we were greeted at the dock at Little Palm. I highly recommend this service to and from Little Palm. The seaplane we had was a newly renovated Cessna 206 amphibian - which means it has retractable gear in the floats so it can land at any conventional airport, as well as on water. Nick and Julie are very professional, and the charm of arriving and departing from a resort via seaplane is an experience in itself.

Visited March 2014
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Key-West-Seaplanes, Owner at Key West Seaplanes, responded to this review, July 27, 2014
Thank you for flying with us again! We always enjoy the flights just as much as you do...and enjoy sharing Paradise with you via one of our seaplanes.

We are thrilled to know you enjoying the sightseeing over Miami's South Beach...so gorgeous to see from the air. We also agree that there is no better way to arrive direct to Little Palm Island than by one of our private seaplane charters. No stress, direct to the island with no car or boat ride.

We look forward to flying you again and are certain you will love it just as much, if not even more the third and fourth time around!

Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences with others, Julie and Nikali
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Miami, Florida, United States
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“Another wonderful adventure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

It was one of those spur of the moment trips - My wife and I wanted to find a good way to waste a weekend. Julie and Nick pulled off the unimaginable - flew up to Miami just to get us down to Key West and gave us a huge surprise! Not only were they both there (completely unexpected) but we got to fly on "OJ" - only 50 hours on this 206 and it still has that "new plane smell". It was awesome and as always memorable. If there is only one thing you do in Key West, or you're thinking about a way to make your vacation that much better, you absolutely need to take a trip with this crew. The last time we went my son asked a million questions, and now wants to become a pilot! We have nothing but the best to say about them!!!

Visited March 2014
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Key-West-Seaplanes, Owner at Key West Seaplanes, responded to this review, March 19, 2014
We are so happy to know you enjoyed your flight and that last-minute getaway from Miami to Key West. We are thrilled to know you enjoyed flying in "OJ", the newest member of our seaplane fleet. This plane was the Reserve Grand Champion Seaplane of Sun N Fun 2013 and it's sister plane was the Grand Champion seaplane of Sun N Fun 2012 (the yellow seaplane). We are very proud of the fleet and were thrilled to offer your charter in this newest amazing aircraft. Yes, it still smells new!

We pride ourselves in being available for last-minute flights for our customers, and especially repeat fliers such as you and your wife (and your son-yes, we will make a pilot out of him yet). As you pointed out to us during your flight- you are the first people to fly in every single aircraft in our fleet. We really look forward to your next return trip to Key West! Thank you for your repeat business and for taking the time to share your positive experiences with others, Julie and Nikali
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“What an incredible experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014 via mobile

Took a 30 minute tour around Key West early in the morning. It was amazing! Key Wesr Seaplane folks give you a wonderful experience during the tour with sightseeing, island history, fish viewing, water splash and take offs as well as a water landing. Wonderful experience floating on the water and the water take off. A once in a life time event. A Must do for the adventurous!

Visited February 2014
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Key-West-Seaplanes, Owner at Key West Seaplanes, responded to this review, March 19, 2014
It was a pleasure flying you on that gorgeous morning! It's really a special time to fly...the mornings when the air is so calm and no one else is up and about yet! Of course, it also gives great opportunities to see wildlife in the water. We are thrilled to know you enjoyed it so much- and yes, we agree, floating around on the water in a seaplane and then water take-offs and landings sure are awesome. We look forward to seeing you again- maybe a longer flight next time? We certainly will welcome you! Julie and Nikali
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Miami, Florida, United States
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“Perfection Elevated”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

Words simply can not summarize my gratefulness to Julie and Nick for the absolute perfection of their service. My wife and I have had the pleasure of traveling to Key West in the past with them, and our latest experience was not a single drop short of perfection. My 11 y.o. son Memphis recently expressed his desire to be a pilot for the USAF, and at the drop of a hat, Julie and Nick came to mind - what a way to spend my birthday than letting my son learn a bit about what moves him around the country. Our second flight with Key West Seaplanes, and I'm already planning my third - their team is AWESOME!

Nick, thanks for taking the time to explain everything to the little guy - you have the patience of a saint and fly like an angel. Julie, thanks for being patient with me, last minute arrangements always tend to be a pain (yes, this is my fault) but you were great.

If you want to go to Key West, and don't fly with them - you're really missing out. The single best experience of a lifetime and I hope to repeat it sooner than later. Words simply can not express my gratitude to both of you. "Perfection Elevated" as as close as I can get.

They have a great fleet - Cesna 172, 182, 206 - they're all perfect - and you're in the safest hands possible when you fly with this crew.

I would gladly endorse them to anyone - everyone that I know has already received their contact information - you can't let this pass you by!

Visited August 2013
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Key-West-Seaplanes, Owner at Key West Seaplanes, responded to this review, August 17, 2013
It was so great to see you and your wife again! And we really enjoyed meeting and flying your son this time, too!

Nikali really enjoyed all the questions he had about the 206 seaplane you all flew in this time from Key West to Miami. It's great that he had the opportunity to fly with us in a 182 down to Key West and as result and then a 206 seaplane back up. As a result he's had the experience of flying in two different planes! Neat!

We love flying kids which is why we have also been very involved in the EAA Young Eagles program that offers free flights for kids. We, as pilots have flown at least few hundred kids over the years and hope we have sparked a few kids to pursue a career in aviation!

We appreciate your kind words and we are always available to our customers (24/7!) to be sure you have the flying experience and the vacation experience of a lifetime every single time you fly with us in one of our seaplanes or airplane options.

We are happy you were able to pull this off last minute for your son....and we look forward to your next flight whether it be planned well in advance or last minute like this time. We will do whatever it takes to make your experience a phenomenal one!

Keep us updated as your son starts flying lessons and we look forward to hearing that he has joined the USAF to pursue a military flying career! Of course, we know we will see you again before that all happens- perhaps for your next family getaway!

Thanks again for taking the time to share your experience with the flying public and thank you for your kind words! Julie and Nikali
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“Intended just to save time - but got an incredibly fun adventure!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

Unbelievably great experience - traveling between Miami and Key West in less than an hour is awesome - and with Key West Seaplanes, we got amazing views and some fun commentary on the geography, too. Julie was fantastic to work with in planning the trip - talked through all the details and gave us great tips for finding great things to do while we were in the Keys. Nikali was a great pilot - solid, confident, made the trip easy.

Know in advance - these are small planes. They bounce around a little - sightseeing low along the islands made my wife a little seasick right as we got into Key West. Next time we'll be prepared with a motion sickness patch. We dodged around puff ball clouds. We got to hear the pilot talk with Air Traffic Control. And after awhile, the headsets started to squeeze our ears and brain a bit.

But its worth the expense and little issues. We booked the trip for a pragmatic reason, in order to skip the 5+ hour each way drive - and got an incredibly fun adventure in return. Will definitely do it again when we go back to Key West.

Visited May 2013

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Key-West-Seaplanes, Owner at Key West Seaplanes, responded to this review, June 8, 2013
It was a true pleasure working with you during the booking process and it was wonderful flying with you. We are thrilled to know that you enjoyed your private charter from Miami to Key West! Yes, it makes so much sense to fly it rather than driving it and we are so happy to know that you enjoyed the trip from the air rather than on the road embedded in traffic all the way down US 1.

We are always more than happy to recommend ideas about where to stay in Key West and all of the places we fly including The Keys all Florida and The Bahamas. We have been flying these areas for so long and want you to have a magnificent time on your flights and also during your entire trip! So glad you both so thoroughly enjoyed yourselves on your flight and your stay in Key West.

At Key West Seaplanes we do offer low-level aerial sightseeing with all of our flights but we are also happy to fly up high, or to find whatever altitude is calmest for your flight. Our flights are all about you and that's one of the greatest joys of your private seaplane or airplane charter with us- again, it's all about you.

We do have a fleet of planes and have aircraft that are larger than the one you chose for your private charter. Tips for flying in calm air include flying with us earlier in the day when the air often is calmer here in The Tropics, talking with your pilot throughout your flight and let him know if you are feeling even the slightest bit uncomfortable as we can often find an altitude that is most comfortable for you...and also keeping in mind we have a fleet of planes including ones larger than what you chose for your flight. Almost all people completely enjoy their flights and we are very happy to know your wife loved the experience, too!

As for our aviation headsets- we provide new, quality headsets for you to use during your flight as a courtesy to you. It is not a requirement for you or other passengers to wear them but most people like to wear them to add to their peaceful and comfortable flying experience. If you ever get tired of hearing all of that "cool ATC talk" we can also flip a switch that turns that off in your headset so you can enjoy a completely quiet ride while you chat privately with your travel companions. It's all up to you. Again, you tell us what makes you happy and we will accommodate you! Yes, some people find the headsets are a little "tight" but this is because we use all new equipment and the newer the headset, the tighter it will feel (it's not all stretched out from overuse quite yet!). Also, a tighter fit often adds to increased sound quality and a peaceful flight. Everything we do is for you and your safety and comfort.

We thank you for your kind words and we also offer them right back as we enjoyed flying with you and truly look forward to your next visit to The Keys, Key West or any of our other destinations. Take Care, Julie and Nikali
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