Flying to EYW

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  1. viguera
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    I'm thinking of heading out to Key West at the end of the summer but I can't find any direct flights... my guess is the airport can only handle relatively small regional jets?

    I've seen some airlines that operate ATR 72s out of MIA. Any comments on these things? It should be myself, the wife plus an infant, so I don't know if it could get tricky with luggage and what-not.

    Driving is out of the question since I don't feel like driving several hundred miles on the overseas highway after a 3 1/2 hour flight, and most of the air taxis in the area cost as much as a flight from NYC to Florida. :)

    I'm flying from the NYC area. Any ideas/suggestions would be welcome.
     
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    My suggestion would be to stay overnight somewhere near MIA and then drive to Key West. The drive is spectacular and not to be missed. It would also be handy to have the car if you decide to explore any other islands while in Key West. My only hesitation would be if your destination is one of the resort hotels on its own island, where cars presumably are forbidden.
     
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    Well I'm all for road trips, having just come back this weekend from a 300 mile trek and a trip to DC two weeks ago. Still, vacation for me means vacation and not a 200 mile drive after I get off the plane... or to get back to the plane. :)

    But we'll see. The wife is partially opposed to it since we'd be on the road with our 1 year old, but we're already exploring the possibility of flying into FLL or MIA and sitting it out for a day, then take the drive out.
     
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    FL has a daily MCO-EYW on the schedule. DL has 3x daily ATL-EYW, with the first two on mainline and the last on a CRJ. CO (via Gulfstream) has FLL/TPA-EYW as well though rumor has many of those Gulfstream flights disappearing. And AA has MIA-EYW. Cape Air also has RSW-EYW on Cesnas.

    Lots of options for flying. I've done the drive and it is beautiful so long as you don't end up in the middle of a traffic jam which makes it both beautiful and maddeningly slow.
     
  5. viguera
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    Thanks for the replies... I'm still working the air but booked the Cheeca Lodge in Islamorada for a few days in late August through SniqueAway today.

    I guess the plan will be to fly into the area, stay around FLL/MIA overnight then drive down the following day.
     
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    I'll tell you what's awesomely cool about visiting Key West, viguera, is to take the seaplane to Fort Jefferson.
     
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    I'm sure... We used to fly into MIA and charter a 40 foot catamaran and hang around the intercoastal all day. Alas, that was the "pre baby" era. Nowadays I think I'll have to wait a few years before we can enjoy those types of activities again. No idea how fun / not fun it would be with a 15 month old in a sea plane. :)
     

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