Day Trip from Fort Myers Beach to Key West

Why not make the most of your time in the Sunshine state? After a few days of hanging out at the pool and Tiki Bar, playing in the Gulf of Mexico, and exploring the entertainment and natural activities around Fort Myers Beach, whisk away to the southernmost city in the United States—Key West!

Located less than two miles away, head back over the Matanzas Pass bridge and take a left into the terminal for The Key West Express Catamaran, a leek, clean, modern, air-conditioned high-speed ferry that will transport you, your friends, and family directly into the heart of The Conch Republic. Traveling at 30 knots (Approx. 40 mph), enjoy sundecks, a snack bar, cocktails, and big-screen TVs while you glide over the glistening waters of the Gulf of Mexico and finally to Key West in just a few hours. The trip is more affordable than flying and much faster than driving the 5+ hours down to the island.

Spend the day exploring the famed arts and entertainment of Duval Street, world-class fishing, or the sunset celebration at Mallory Square. Ride the Conch Train, visit the Hemingway Home and Museum, Shipwreck Museum and more. Don’t forget to swing by Sloppy Joe’s or Captain Tony’s Saloon.  The best part? You’ll be back at Lighthouse Island Resort with enough time for cocktails at the Tiki Bar.

Passengers may bring 2 carry on size pieces of luggage and it is prohibited to bring aboard coolers, alcohol or anything contained in glass, as well as weapons, anything flammable or illicit drugs.

Round trip rates are as follows: Adults $169.00; Seniors $149.00; Juniors $119.00; Children $70.00. Boarding begins daily at 7:00 am and ends at 7:30 am for an 8:00 am departure. When returning from Key West, boarding begins at 4:30 pm and ends at 5:30 pm for a 6:00 pm departure.

Traveling with a large group? Group rates for parties of 15 or more and gift certificates are available.

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