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Exclusive | Key West Introduction Part Two

Exclusive | Key West Introduction Part Two

You can fly to Key West on commuter aircraft from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa and Fort Myers via American, Continental, US Air, Delta Air Lines and Cape Air. The driving route is quite scenic, much of it along ocean causeway. It's about a three-hour drive from Miami, although traffic delays are common on weekends.

The drive loses its appeal the second time around, so we recommend driving one way and flying the other. Open-jaw airfares and rental cars without drop-off fees make this easy. It is also possible to arrive in Key West by boat, as long as you're not arriving from Cuba. Advance docking reservations are essential; visit for information.

As in most of Florida, high season here runs mid-December through mid-April, with school holidays being particularly busy. Summer can be beastly hot and humid, and tends to be more popular with Europeans. Spring and fall can be the most charming times to visit, with good weather and smaller crowds.

If you stay at a predominantly gay guesthouse, you're likely to be be provided several publications covering the scene. The Key West Business Guild (513 Truman Ave; 305/294-4603 or 800/535-7797) is the official gay and lesbian visitor center, open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and has extensive information about gay and gay-friendly businesses, Fantasy Fest and other events.

For September's WomenFest updates, point your server at The Florida Keys Tourism Council (800/352-5397) provides general trip-planning assistance.

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Key West: Where to Play/Meet
Key West: What to See and Do

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