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Getting Around Key West

Getting Around Key West

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GETTING THERE

Your ship docks around noon right at the Westin Marina (Pier B), which is an easy five-minute walk to Mallory Square and Front Street. Tendering is not necessary, unless the ship is unable to dock (rare). All Ashore time varies between 7:30 am and Noon (check your Personal Navigator for going ashore details). The marina is on the northwest corner of the island, looking out to the Gulf of Mexico. For those exploring on foot, most of the major destinations are within easy reach of the marina. Check your Personal Navigator for the all-aboard time, usually 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

GETTING AROUND

This is one of the easiest ports to navigate, thanks to its small size and pedestrian-friendly streets. Most visitors here just walk, and even many of the residents don’t bother with cars. Almost all of Key West’s streets near the docks run on a grid, making it easy to get around with a map. If you’d rather not walk, try one of Key West’s famous tram tours. The Conch Tour Train (see page 331) is $32/adults, kids 12 and under free—board the tram near Mallory Square. If you’d rather get off and look around, the Old Town Trolley makes 12 stops (see page 331) for $32/adults, kids 12 and under ride free—board near the dock. Both tours offer discounted tickets online The Key West bus system is less expensive than the trams at just $2/adults and $1/kids and seniors (kids under 6 are free). There are always two buses running—one goes clockwise around the island, the other goes counterclockwise. Call 305-809-3910 for bus info. Taxis are also available—the meter starts at $2.95 and adds 70 cents per one-fifth mile. You can get taxis near the dock—if you need to call for one, try Five 6’s Taxi (305-296-6666). Need your own transportation? Try a scooter rental. Adventure Rentals (Cruise Ship Pier B, 305-293-8883, http://keywest-scooter.com) rents scooters for about $50/day for single riders, $75 for a two-seater.

STAYING SAFE

The “key” to staying safe in Key West is simple common sense. The biggest potential dangers here are overexposure to sun (bring that sunscreen and hat) and overindulgence at a local bar. Key West is very laid-back—we didn’t encounter any street hawkers on our visit and we felt secure walking around. If you rent a scooter, be sure to wear your helmet. If you swim, note the color-coded flags that indicate conditions at the beach: blue = safe, yellow = marginal, red = dangerous and prohibited, and purple = hazardous marine life. If you walk, wear comfortable, well-broken-in walking shoes. And bring a watch so you don’t lose track of time and miss the boat!

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