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Monday, February 21, 2011

Getting to the Keys: a Tip to Save on Flights

There’s still room on some of our March trips, but if you are checking airfares into Key West, you may get sticker shock! They were fairly low in January and early February, but now that Spring Break has kicked in, the fares have gone way up.

Here’s a tip that may help: Fly into Ft. Lauderdale, rent a car and drive down the Keys, and save up to half on your airfare. For example, we just did a quick search on and SouthWest Airlines, and round-trip flights from Washington Dulles to Key West in March are over $500. Dulles to Ft. Lauderdale round-trip flights are starting at about $230 (plus taxes and fees, of course).

US 1 is a recent designee as a Great All American Road and a spectacular drive across historic railroad bridges and Caribbean-blue waters. Leave enough time, as the speed limit is 45 most of the way, and you’ll want to stop off at some famous—and quirky—places, like the Caribbean Club in Key Largo and Robbie’s Marina in Islamorada, home of the giant tarpon. Our Lower Keys kayak trips start around milemarker 25 in the Big Pine Key area.

In a future blog post, we’ll list some of our favorites stops on a Road Trip to Paradise!


  1. We usually fly into Miami, but I hear Lauderdale is less expensive, so next time we'll do that. Also, we always stop at Shorty's on Dixie Highway in South Miami on the way to the Keys. The best BBQ on the planet.

  2. Thanks for the tip, Rus! We didn't know about Shorty's.


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