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After arriving in Key West after a relaxing bus trip from Fort Lauderdale, we took a local narrated train-trolley trip (paid there) from the center of town to see and tour all around and hear about this very, very historical town. We also watched some of the marathon run going on that day. Since you can repeat the train-trolley trip at no charge, we took the ride with a different driver to hear and learn more! Overall this was "A" plus!
If this is the only way you can get to Key West for a one day visit, then it's a good plan. We grabbed our Ft Lauderdale shuttle at 5:45 am. I recommend bringing your own snacks and coffee. It was kind of cool driving through South Beach and Miami so early to see what it looks like when it's quiet. We stopped for 20 minutes in Key Largo for a bathroom break and to grab a quick snack at Dunk'n Doughnuts or the McDonalds it's not enough time, but it's understood there is a timeline. As other readers have said, there is a FREE hop on hop off bus running all day at the point where you are dropped off. The drivers were very good and upon our arrival back to Miami, they made sure we were the first ones dropped off to get our shuttle back to Ft. Lauderdale.
This trip was worth it! Be prepared for a long day. Good opportunity to visit key west without the stress of driving. 6 hours is a good amount of time to be there just make sure you have your day planned in advance to utilize the most of your time. Only thing is as far as the communication about the transportation from the morning to the evening was a little confusing. We had a shuttle (which was great) pick us up from our hotel in the morning to bring us to Miami to get on the shuttle bus. Where on the way back the shuttle bus is the one that brought us back (which we had to ask).
This is a very long day be prepared for that. I could see that the older people on the tour were very perky at 6am during pickup time but at 9pm as we were dropping off they were exhausted! It was fine for us being younger and more physically fit. It's a long bus journey but enjoyable and pretty....mostly looking out to sea and watching the various islands go by. The driver was the guide and spoke in English and Spanish...but I didn't always understand his strong accented English. What I did understand was mostly informative and interesting. He sold excursions on the journey to Key West and we decided to go on the Glass Bottom Boat tour. It was easy to find and quite enjoyable although the Captain gave us the chance to get a refund before we sailed as the water was quite cloudy and we may not be able to see much. We didn't take up the refund and we didn't see much! But it was a nice cruise. I'm glad we went because 6 hours in Key West is quite a while if you have no plans! This tour gives you the chance to stay overnight should you wish to and get the return journey the next day....maybe that would be a better idea if we had more time. With all this in mind...we had a good day out and it was ok value for money. I could recommend this tour. And thank you for picking up at a hotel not on your list xx
Key West was great the trip there was good but long.driver was good but could have narrated more .We started in Fort lauderdale and took almost 3 hours to pick up everyone before heading for key west and had to drop them off on way home the trip thru downtown Miami was great but that 3 hours dropping people off made a long day almost unbearable
I'd like to thank the previous reviews I read, because we knew just what to expect. This day excursion was Awesome. We were scheduled to be picked up at the Pelican Beach resort at 5:40 AM. We got there early and paid 14 for our car to be valet parked. While we were waiting, we sat on the deck outside the back of the Hotel. It was just amazing. The ocean waves sounded wonderful. We stayed on the deck for about 20 minutes, then we went back up front to the lobby area and sat on the rocking chairs, waiting on the driver. It was 5:45 when the driver picked us up. I was on the second digit to make the call because i was getting nervous, when he drove up. Great. We drove to Miami to pick up a few more folks, then we were on our way. Our driver was knowledgeable and courteous. Our bus had wi-fi, but you had to ask for the passwords. Everything worked out perfectly. Our driver pointed out the highlights in English and Spanish. Very nice guy with a sense of humor to boot!. We stopped for a quick 20 minute break, then we made our way to Key West and spent 5 hours touring the city which was narrated by a couple different guys, as we used the hop on hop off tour. All in, this was well worth the time and effort. We had a wonderful time!
Our driver was a little over enthusiastic and difficult to understand. His command of English was fair. Everything was repeated in Spanish which was annoying. The trip began with a very early pickup - 5:45 am and we were delivered to a larger bus in Miami - none of which had been communicated to us prior to getting on the smaller van or even throughout the first part of the journey. Then we spent the next two plus hours making multiple stops picking people up! Had we known there were so many pick up spots, we would not have booked this trip.