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Key West Express

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Address: 1200 Main St, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931-2906
Phone Number: +1 239-463-5733
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Get away to Key West, America's Caribbean Paradise, aboard Key West...

Get away to Key West, America's Caribbean Paradise, aboard Key West Express, where getting there is half the fun! What are you waiting for? Climb aboard our sleek, clean, modern, air-conditioned high-speed ferries - Features sundecks, snack bar, cocktails, and big-screen TVs - and we'll have you there in just a few hours!

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nice view of the sunset on return trip

We usually drive but decided to take the express. We had a long drive to arrive early and then hours to key west. Parking at Fort Meyers is 10$ a day free at Marco. Return trip... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Venice, Florida
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Venice, Florida
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9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We usually drive but decided to take the express. We had a long drive to arrive early and then hours to key west. Parking at Fort Meyers is 10$ a day free at Marco. Return trip arrived quit late. It was a nice trip but would not do it again. We would drive.

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Thank 980sharonj
KWE_Mgr, Manager at Key West Express, responded to this review

It is disappointing to hear that you don't intend to sail with us again. Most find our service to be an enjoyable component of their Key West vacation as we remove the hassle of driving and impossible parking in Key West from of the equation. Many choose to extend their stay for a few days rather than try to fit... More 

ball3@aol.com
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Friendly staff. Did not give us a hard time for our large suitcases. Ride was smooth. Only complaint was the air conditioning was too cold!

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Rochester, New York
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Easy no fuss travel! Great experience from ft Myers to key west! Highly recommended by my in laws. Did not disappoint!

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KWE_Mgr, Manager at Key West Express, responded to this review

We certainly appreciate your in-laws recommendation and your endorsement as well. It is truly gratifying to know we met your expectations. Thank you for sharing....and come back soon! More 

Indiana
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29 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It was a lot of fun and certainly the most care free way to get to Key West. Friendly staff, clean ship and don't forget to take a book. I did enjoyed some of the reviews about how bumpy a ride some of the whiny people experienced. Its a fast boat and your on the ocean people! We had to... More 

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KWE_Mgr, Manager at Key West Express, responded to this review

Your comments are fabulous! We are delighted you enjoyed your experience and are glad you read reviews prior to travel. Reading reviews, both positive and negative is an excellent way to learn what to expect and how to prepare for your trip. The power of the vessels can be exhilarating particularly on the top deck with the wind in your... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went down to Key West and spent the night. Now returning to FMB. I have taken this ferry repeatedly over the years. It is the only way i travel to Key West anymore. If i drive i wasted 2 days of my precious vacation time in the car. After reading a few other reviews i feel compelled to let... More 

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KWE_Mgr, Manager at Key West Express, responded to this review

We truly appreciate your very special review, particularly for recognizing our fabulous crew! We also love that you explained exactly what we do in providing fast, safe transportation in a clean professionally staffed high speed vessel. We offer food and beverage service on board as a convenience for our guests to enhance their transportation experience. It is delightful to receive... More 

Orlando, Florida
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101 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I traveled Sept 8 2016 for a day trip out of Ft Myers Beach to Key West on the Big Cat Express. I found it to be a great experience. It was easy access from Sanibel and ticketing/parking was great, bought online and even printed my boarding and parking passes out ahead of time. Boarding was easy....no lines to speak... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I went to Key West for for her birthday via the key west express. I would recommend this to anyone and everyone, before booking the trip I was a bit skeptical based on some of the reviews, but decided to do it anyway (who wants to drive from key west drunk). I'm sorry I didn't make the... More 

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Land O Lakes, Florida
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36 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The boat from Ft. Myers to KW leaves quite early and on time. If you live outside the area, consider staying somewhere overnight the night before. The boat is comfortable and can be quite enjoyable if traveling with a group. Bring cards, games or poker chips and the 4 hours will go by quick. Add in the availability of a... More 

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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took this for the first time. Great trip. Comfortable. Environment. Staff was helpful . Took about 4 hours to get from Ft. Myers to key west. Not sure what happens during high season but will try again for sure !

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KWE_Mgr, Manager at Key West Express, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. It is great to hear from first time guests who plan to sail with us again!! Please be sure to sign up for our newsletter for information on promotions and fun events happening in Key West. We hope to see you again soon! More 

Cape Coral, Florida
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17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you want to get down to key west in a hurry this is the ticket..Staff gets you checked in and on the boat very easily.Have a drink or just kick back and relax ,, always a great trip.

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KWE_Mgr, Manager at Key West Express, responded to this review

Yes! We want every guest to enjoy a relaxing, simple stress free way to our favorite island destination. We appreciate you sharing......thank you! More 

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