Fastest Ways to Key West
The infamous movie Planes, Trains, and Automobiles nearly outlines the various ways to travel to Key West. Replace trains with boats and you have the three staple methods of travel to south Florida.
Driving is a limited option with only two client bases available for the road. Those nearby will have the leisurely cruise down US 1. If you are further away, but able to withstand long hours in the car, you’ll have the benefit of seeing the Florida landscapes on the travel down. It is not suggested that you opt for the drive unless you are 1) looking to save money or 2) willing to take your time on the ride to Key West. Bar hopping down the coast can make for a whole experience in itself, something those that fly will not be able to experience. The hours make for clear negatives, but driving can be one of the most enjoyable ways to travel.
Air travel has become the norm in this day and age. Earning miles through your credit card and all other marketing schemes have made it remarkably easy to earn flights. If you have not been lucky enough to earn a free flight or have been limited to certain destinations, flying can be a fairly expensive trip. In addition, pre-flight travel requirements can make for a strenuous day. Given the limited number of flights going in and out of Key West (compared to Orlando or Atlanta), you are likely to have at least one lay over. Despite the drawbacks, flying is the quickest option for non-locals an is the easiest form of travel once seated.
Taking to the seas is not your standard route of travel. Flights allow you to cross the country fairly easily and driving is a flexible option. Many ferries will be the last leg of your journey to Key West, though it can be the most enjoyable. With trips often starting in Fort Myers, passengers can enjoy a couple hours on the water before reaching their destination.
Travel has evolved into an experience where it is possible to focus more on enjoyment than the quickest option. You can take a number of different routes and methods to reach Key West. Depending on which route you choose, you can add a new wave of fun into your vacation.