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Key West is a vacationer’s paradise. With crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches, a subtropical climate, and average temperatures of 78°F, who wouldn’t want to get away from it all here? Key West offers guests a wealth of activities to enjoy including snorkeling, scuba diving, relaxing on the beach, Sportfishing, kayaking the mangroves, exploring historic sites, visiting art galleries, shopping unique local shops, or just enjoying some fresh local seafood and a relaxing drink at one of the many fine local restaurants and bars. Getting around Key West is easy, but getting here can be another story. Flying is complicated and driving is time-consuming (the drive from Miami across the Overseas Highway can be as long as four hours). However, Key West Express has the answer to this problem. Providing regular ferry service from Fort Myers and Marco Island saves time and expense. On Key West Express ferries, getting there is half the fun. Their fleet of four high-speed boats feature air conditioned interiors, outdoor sun decks, a full galley and bar, and flat screen televisions with satellite television. When you leave your car behind and ride the boat, you can start enjoying that relaxed way of life a little sooner.

Key West Express Ferry Boat

Express Ferry Boat
Key West Express welcomes you aboard, enjoy your trip and come back again!! All ships are fully staffed with qualified crews whose goal is to make your trip the most pleasant experience of your Florida stay. Departing from Ft Myers Beach, the M/V Big Cat Express is 155 feet long, featuring two enclosed cabins, sun deck, Satellite TV, slot machines and full galley and bar. Sailing only in season from the Marco River Marina in Marco Island, the M/V Whale Watcher is a 130' Super Cruiser, powered by 5 jet drives. It is the fastest trip to Key West. It features two enclosed, air conditioned cabins, sun deck, and full galley and bar. Plenty of parking is provided at our Marco Island and Ft Myers Beach locations!

The Key West Express fleet of high-speed ferry boats feature state-of-the-art navigation equipment and electronics, all aluminum construction, and turbo diesel engines with jet propulsion. All ships are certified by the U.S. Coast Guard. Travel on Key West Express ferries is flexible - whether you are just planning a day trip or a longer stay, simply indicate your date of departure and return when you make your reservation. Planning to get around by bike once you arrive? No problem - bicycles may be taken aboard the boat. Just provide your own tie-downs. The ferry is pet friendly too – simply reserve space for your pet when you make your own reservation. Handicapped guests can ride with ease and peace of mind. All ferries are handicapped accessible to the main deck and knowledgeable, friendly, and courteous crew members are ready and able to help if you need assistance. Standard-sized, single-person riding fixtures such as motorized scooters are permitted aboard

Boating in Key west can come in many forms. You can rent your own for a day with your party on the seas in private. You could rent a Key West boat complete with a captain and crew that will navigate as well as bait your hook for you. If your a novice boater I recommend the second option. It wasn't just years ago when galleons, vessels and ships ran a ground and sank. You are just as likely to hit a patch of sand or reef if you do not know where you are going. The third option is boating with large groups. like the ones listed below. These are guided tours of all sorts that will create a magnificent and stress less boating day for you and your loved ones. So know matter what you choose to reserve, or any combination of the above options, just remember the most important thing. You can not go to an Island and not taste the sea. Enjoy responsibly, you wont regret it.


My husband and I were visiting family in the Fort Myers / Cape Coral area and discussed taking the Express Ferry service to Key West for the day. After a little research, we decided to make it down the last day of our vacation. I searched for coupons all over the place because it wasn't cheap, especially last minute. I came across your site and did some research on places to stay and car rentals. It ended up being a lot more affordable to simply jump on the boat and enjoy the island for a day obviously. Considering the amount of time it takes to drive down from Fort Myers (7 hours each way), the cost of gas and a rental car, it ended up being much cheaper and just made sense to take the ferry.

For anyone who has experienced a ferry or small cruise ship, most are the same; old and fairly uncomfortable. Not to mention boring. The Express was a very different experience. It was like a luxury yacht! Big screen Tv's, full bar, well staffed, big cushy chairs and simply a far cry from what I've ever seen. Not only is this the easy way to see the Caribbean, it's an experience in itself!

We had plenty of time to see the island and get a taste. We know that we want to plan things a little better and go snorkeling, enjoy some nightlife, and experience a weekend there at the least. We both were extremely impressed with out little excursion and highly recommend it to anyone wanting to visit this tropical paradise in style!