Key West Express, Fort Myers Beach

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If you are headed to Key West, travel aboard Key West Express. These high-speed ferries leave from Fort Myers Beach or Marco Island. Lounge on the boat's sundeck or relax in the air-conditioning and watch one of its big-screen TVs. Snacks and cocktails are sold onboard. To visit Key West Express and get the most from your holiday in Fort Myers Beach, create itinerary details personal to you using our Fort Myers Beach tour itinerary planner.
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  • The boat ride was a great way to get to Key West. Nice inside A/C rooms or outside area. The staff was great. I would do this trip again and recommend this.  more »
  • We took the boat down for the weekend for a bachelorette party. We loved how convenient the ride was, the clean bathrooms, bar options and movie choices. One thing that was concerning was the lack of ...  more »
  • Fast and convenient, the Key West Express is the way to go if you want to hit the Keys for a weekend trip! Great service combined with food and drink it is our preferred mode of travel!  more »
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  • The ferry to/from Key West was on time. Leaving Ft Myers was so cool as a pod of dolphins followed the boat out of the harbor for quite a distance and kept jumping out of the water as if putting on a show! The ride was comfortable. The food choices.....well, they need to be updated and, um, fresh. On the way to KW, the boat was so full that I ended up sitting on the floor....not my idea of comfort. All in all, though, it was a great experience and one I would definitely consider again. :)
  • First time on the key west express! It was a wonderful experience. The boat was clean, comfortable and on time, staff was friendly. Snacks were good. The only minor thing I can say about it was on the way back, although it says it leaves at 6 be there a few hours early. Not only did we leave closer to 5, but even when we got there at 3, the line was huge. Any later than that and we would have lily has to sit apart, if at all.
  • ***PLEASE READ THIS REVIEW*** There are a few things you need to know in order to make the most of your trip. If you follow these rules you will have a great time. 1. Arive early. The best seats are at tables and they go quickly. 2. Print your tickets before hand. They can be printed when you arrive but you will risk getting on the boat later and not getting a table seat. 3. Don't wait off the boat for your friends. Get on there as soon as you can so you can get good seating and hold the seats for your friends. 4. Bring cash. Credit cards do not work during the trip and you will have to wait in order to pay your tab. 5. They have decent food and drinks on board, no need to grab breakfast from Starbucks on your way in, use the time to get there early. 6. The upper decks are great to visit but you will roast if you sit up there the entire time. 7. Have a car rental reserved for your trip back. It's about $35 to rent a car from KW back to Ft. Myers. If weather gets bad they may cancel the boat and you will be scrambling to get a vehicle along with everyone else, play it safe and have one ready to go. 8. Do not show up super wasted, you will likely have the rocking get the best of you if you are super trashed. To the same extent, don't go too hard on the boat or by the last hour, you will be struggling to maintain.
  • Pleasant experience with regards to the crew and seating. What others have said about getting there early to get good seating stands true when we went on a Saturday in August (non-season). The boat ride was fun (less fun for some of my family who found out they didn't do well in rough water) but the trip took nearly 5 hours instead of it's quoted 3-3 1/2 and there was no communication to the passengers to this effect giving us a much more limited time in Key West than originally planned.
  • Very loud but thankful for them!! Had a wonderful long weekend in Key West without the grueling drive. Would do it again in a heartbeat! But get there early so you can get an indoor seat. Not as loud!
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