Come to join the party crowd, watch ocean sunsets, and take in historical sites, then head offshore to see the Gulf of Mexico’s castaway islands and mangroves. Read on for our top tips for making the most of 3 days in Key West.
Key West Cruise Port
The Key West cruise port is the gateway to America’s southernmost city, where pristine nature meets quirky culture and history. The cruise terminal is walking distance from many top attractions in the compact center of Key West and is a convenient starting point for exploring the city’s neighborhoods, beaches, and nightlife.
Travelers docking at the Key West Cruise Terminal can choose from a wide range of shore excursions, from walking tours of downtown to kayak trips through mangrove forests. If you’re looking for more flexible tours, opt for a hop-on hop-off trolley that will take you to many of the island’s hot spots. Some full-day tours head farther afield, following the scenic Overseas Highway to other keys, where you can enjoy local culture and stunning beaches.
Things to Know Before You Go
Parking is extremely limited in central Key West—good alternatives to driving include trolley tours, bike rentals, and walking tours.
Don’t worry about dressing up, as local style is very casual—even high-end restaurants welcome diners in shorts and flip flops.
Sidewalk ramps and mostly flat terrain mean much of Key West is wheelchair accessible.
How to Get to Key West From the Key West Cruise Port
Getting to Key West from the Key West Cruise Port is easy, as bustling Duval Street is just a short walk away. Miami is also accessible from the Key West Cruise Port but requires advance planning and a flight from Key West International Airport, or a drive along the Overseas Highway through Florida's other keys.
Most major Caribbean cruise lines stop at Key West, where the centrally located pier is adjacent to Mallory Square. English is the main language on the island, and the local currency is the US dollar.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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