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Just over three hours to Key West

We took this ferry to Key West in January with some friends. We stayed over for two nights but did... read more

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Key West

The only way to travel to Key West! Been on the Express twice and both experiences were great... read more

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Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

Very pleasant journey. Just don’t do one day. Make a reservation at a key West hotel for a night or two. Same day was the mistake we made. Not worth it.

Date of experience: April 2018
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KWE_Mgr, Manager at Key West Express, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2018

The trip itself can be super relaxing without being behind the wheel. Spending a night or two does allow visitors to really experience Key West however a day trip is just right for many. Island enthusiasts who visit frequently know just where they want to go for example lunching at Blue Heaven or Garbo's, picking up a new pair of Kino's at the sandal factory, checking out a gallery or two, libations at Sloppy Joe's and Irish Kevin's and maybe a dip in the pool at Dante's.

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Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

We took the Keywest Express on a day trip to the keys. They were very hospitable. It’s a great way to visit the keys! Our only regret was that it wasn’t enough time in the keys. I suggest staying at least three days.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank loriklatt
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KWE_Mgr, Manager at Key West Express, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2018

We appreciate your compliment of our hospitality and service. A day trip can be a lot of fun.....but a teaser as well. The island is loaded with history, attractions, activities, art and entertainment, shopping, dining, fun bars and more so spending a night or two are ideal to fully explore the charming destination! We hope you are able to do just that next time.

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Reviewed April 1, 2018

This is a great service to Key West. It takes 4 hours each way, with parking available at the dock. The crew were first class, and very helpful. The return fair did not seem expensive, and is 2 hours shorter than driving. This boat certainly packs a powerful punch, if your interested, 13,000bhp using 700 galls of fuel per hour and travelling at 40 mph.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank UkuleleBob
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KWE_Mgr, Manager at Key West Express, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2018

Thank you for your compliments of our crew and service. Many first time guests are amazed by the power of our vessels comparing them to a jet soaring across the water. We hope for the opportunity to welcome you back aboard. Best Regards, Key West Express

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Reviewed March 31, 2018

Because so much damage from Hurricane Irma remained along the Overseas Highway to Key West, we opted to take the Key West Express rather than deal with the lack of available services and miles of destruction remaining on the inter-connecting keys.

When adding in the time required to arrive early for boarding plus the return trip to our home an hour and a half away, we wondered if the round trip fare for three persons was worth the expense.

We certainly can't understand why anybody would make a trip down and back in the same day when it leaves so little time available to enjoy Key West. The trip each way plus travel time to the boat and back home, leaves very little time available for anything other than travel.

Our morning trip to Key West was very smooth although the air temp was too cool for comfortable topside seating once we were outside the Fort Myers Beach harbor and got up to cruising speed.

Unfortunately, all the inside seating area was occupied and we had to settle for what was left on the stern where we were subjected to back-flowing diesel exhaust fumes.

The return trip four days later was extremely rough but we planned ahead and arrived at the terminal two hours prior to our departure so we could be assured of getting more comfortable inside seating on the lower deck, near the stern bar area for a more stable and comfortable ride.

The first two hours of the return trip were exceptionally rough with seas cascading down the side of the boat and across our port side window and the crew was kept busy dealing with seasick passengers.

The third hour became more tolerable and the final hour hour was relatively calm.

Late into the second hour we were treated to a beautiful sunset, albeit, much of it was often blurred by the constant flow of water across our window.

The crew provided very good service in each direction, although, understandably, there was little traffic at the bar or food service areas on the return trip.

Maybe if we go to Key West again, we'll drive.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank jyates34
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KWE_Mgr, Manager at Key West Express, responded to this reviewResponded April 2, 2018

We appreciate your feedback, are glad you gave us a try and hope you reconsider traveling with us especially as your experience was overall positive. Both Fort Myers Beach and Marco Island are very popular vacation destinations therefore a large number of our guests are in the area and do not have a 1.5 hour commute therefore a day trip is a great way to get a taste of Key West. The island is quite small and very limited in parking for visitors which can render a vehicle cumbersome. Thank you for your compliments of our crew and taking the time to review.

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Reviewed March 29, 2018 via mobile

So impressed with the crew and accommodations of the Key West Express. During a trip to Sarasota I drove down to Fort Myers Beach to hop the Express to Key West for a couple days. Board early to get your seat selection of choice whether that be a group table, reclining chair in the movie viewing area or deck top to enjoy the sun and expansive views. If the weather is going to be windy, pick up your motion pills at the concession and enjoy the ride! While on board you can reserve your Conch Train tickets, a mini car to cruise the island, or pick up info to adventure out on your own. The Waterfront Brewery is right there by the dock for tasty microbrews or walk a couple blocks to Pepe’s Cafe, the oldest restaurant in Key West, and indulge in their baked oysters for lunch (highly recommend!) to fuel up for your time in the Keys. For the trip back to Fort Myers, consider boarding early to get a seat on the port side of the boat to get the best view of the sunset. Enjoy!

Date of experience: March 2018
5  Thank Tracy K
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KWE_Mgr, Manager at Key West Express, responded to this reviewResponded March 30, 2018

Tracy your review is full of good advice and suggestions to make the most of your Key West adventure. We appreciate your feedback as we are certain many will find helpful! We hope you will honor us with your presence for another island getaway!

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