Welcome to the Cruise Port Guide Key West – USA. This small island is about 6,5 km / 4 mile long and 3 km / 2 mile wide. It is quite compact and easy to get around. You will find this is a dream destination when it comes to dining and shopping. You will find many opportunities for this in the cosy historical district of Key West close to the cruise terminals. Key West is a bit of an odd destination in the Caribbean. It has a fun mix of New Orleans and Caribbean styles. The best way to get a sense about this unique combination is to explore Key West’s wooden historical district. Key West is about 129 miles southwest of Miami and 90 miles north of Cuba. You will find many references to this geographical position throughout town. One of the most photographed places of the island is the Southernmost Marker that marks the most southern tip of the USA! This is not the only remarkable marker you will find on Key West. Because Key West is America’s southernmost city you will also find the U.S. Route 1 Mile Marker 0 here (find exact location in the map above). This highway runs 2369 miles from Key West to the Canadian border. The zero marker stand right in town! Find information what to see and do in Key West underneath.
Cruise Port Guide Key West – USA: docked
At Key West you will find 3 cruise docking locations:
- Mallory square dock: This dock is at Mallory square. It is the most convenient dock because the city centre is just across the street.
- Pier B: This dock is a few hundred yards from the island’s main street.
- U.S. Navy base’s Outer Mole: This dock is situated in a restricted area and it is prohibited to walk in port. The only way to get from the ship to the city centre and visa versa is by shuttle service. The shuttle is a free service provided by the city. The drop off location will be Mallory square.
You can check where your ship is going to dock at: http://www.cityofkeywest-fl.gov/department/calendar.php M = Mallory square dock B = Pier B OM = Outer Mole
Tourist information The official tourist information point is at the Greater Key West Chamber of Commerce. See its location marked in the map above. There are plenty of other facilities where you can get a map and advice.
Taxis on Key West Because Key West is so small most people don’t take a taxi for sightseeing although they do come in handy when going to the beaches. The meter starts at 2,75 dollar and charges 60 cents per mile.
Conch Tour Train This is a popular 90 minute narrated tour. It will take you past a lot of the local sites. It starts at Mallory Square and departs every 30 minutes. The price is around 29 dollars per person. Kids under 12 go free.
Bicycle If you would like to be active and burn some calories you’d might want to rent a bike. Cycling is a popular way to get around Key West. Rent your bicycles at one of the rental places, for example Island Safari Rentals (see location marked in the map above).
Beaches Key West does not provide the best beaches of the Caribbean. The best and closest beach in town is in Fort Zachary Taylor State Park (see map above for its exact location). Depending on where you dock it is about a 20 minute walk. None of the beaches on Key West are suitable for surfing.
A walk around town. Most sites and attractions are within walking distance on Key West. So why not go for a historic walk? Pick up the free walking guide Pelican Path. It is a walking tour with information about the history and architecture of Key West. Several attractions within walking distance are the Key West Museum of Art and History, Nancy Forrester’s Secret Garden, Truman Little White House, Butterfly and Nature Conservancy, Hemingway home, Aquarium and Shipwreck Museum. Find these and other attractions on the map above.
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