flymia wrote:Seaplane ride to Fort Jefferson? It isn't cheap, but it's certainly an adventure. Key West is small, so I wouldn't worry about location to much unless water views are your concern.
ryan78 wrote:1) By the time you land, get off the plane, pick-up your bag (unless you're taking a carry-on) and get outside in a taxi and to the hotel its probably almost 12:30ish. In my experience most hotels if they have open rooms will get you in a room, even before the posted check-in time. If the room is not ready then I'm sure there is a place for them to hold you bag so you can walk around for a while before your room is ready. I've never spotted when in Key West but just looking on Google Earth, there is a small road that runs parallel to the first 1000ft of runway just North of the airport, the fence looks to be about 450ft from the center-line, right in the touchdown zone, streetview shows a clear view as well.
2,3,4) I've never stayed there but just looking on tripadvisor it's ranked #14 out of 50 hotels in Key West. It will be just fine but the location looks to be really good. You're about a 5 min walk to the beach, 10 min walk to the "Southernmost Point in the US" monument, 15-20 mins from Fort Taylor and just 2 blocks away from Duval St. When I was in Key West I spend most of my time in and around Mallory Square on the North West side of the island, about a 1 mile walk straight down Duval St from your hotel. Lots to see an do, lots of bars etc. Don't miss the sunsets in Mallory Square and check-out the Key West Harbor Front at night, lots of live entertainment & great seafood. If you have no problems walking Key West is really easy and safe to see on foot.
Also as flymia suggested, checkout Key West Seaplane Tours and the trip to Fort Jefferson, Dry Tortugas Islands. I've done it and highly recommend doing the half-day trip (4hrs) with an afternoon departure. It's $260 per person and includes flights, park entrance, a lunch with soft drinks and snorkel equipment. When I went we took an afternoon departure and left on our return as the sun was setting. The pilot slowed it down and banked the plane back and forth so that pax on both sides could watch the sunset and take pictures, we had about 20 mins extra flight time! Also when you go to board the plane ask the pilot if you can sit in the cockpit, there is a seat up there where all the instruments and yoke/pedals are removed to seat an extra passenger. Was really cool to sit up there, to me it was well worth the $260 and I would definitely do it again with someone who has never been. Check out keywestseaplanecharters.com
evank516 wrote:I'll look into the spotting area for sure. EYW is a unique airport so I want to kind of absorb it like the Avgeek I am lol. I definitely plan to explore Duval Street and I'm hoping there's a good nightlife while I'm there. It seems like there is. Any good places to eat that you could recommend (I should mention I'm celiac). Do most places take credit cards or are there a lot of cash only restaurants?
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