Visit Florida Keys
Best Time To Go
Peak tourist season in the Florida Keys begins in late December, right after the holidays, and the area remains busy through May. The number of visitors drops during the summer months, but for Florida residents and other travelers who don’t mind a bit of humidity, the summer months offer an opportunity to take advantage of thinned-out crowds and better deals on hotels. June 1 to November 30 is officially hurricane season in the Keys, though August, September, and November are the most vulnerable months.
Though there are regular shuttle services between both Fort Lauderdale and Miami International Airports and Key West, if you want to see more than just Key West, your best option is to rent a car. Once you arrive in Key West (which is usually the ultimate destination for anyone making the drive), you can get around pretty easily on your own two feet. Visitors who opt to park their vehicles at the town’s Park N Ride Garage (which costs $2 per hour or up to $13 per day) can utilize Key West Transit, the city’s bus system, for free. That same transit system operates between Key West and Marathon, with prices ranging from $2 for a one-way bus ticket around town to $25 for a weeklong pass to get you all around the Keys.
July is the hottest month, with an average high of 86°F (30°C). January is the coolest month, with an average temperature of 70°F (21°C).
Know Before You Go
The Florida Keys are home to dozens of annual events that have a tendency to attract big crowds and send hotel rates skyrocketing. If you’re planning to attend one of these events, such as Key West’s Fantasy Fest, in October, there’s really no way of getting around the increased tourism. If you’d rather avoid the crowds and price surges, check the Florida Keys Tourism Bureau’s website and plan your dates accordingly.
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