January, a good month to spend a few days in Key West, Florida. But how to get there? AA flies into Miami, about 170 miles from the island. The solution becomes the tour bus from Miami to Key West. And what a deal!
Not quite. Fill out the form, providing Miami/Miami Beach pickup location and dates, and the price goes to $60 each. Still a good deal. We took it.
The blue bus arrived in front of the Waldorf Towers hotel at 860 Ocean Drive at 7 a.m. We were waiting at the curb with all our baggage. Baggage got loaded, and we settled in. Briefly. There was a short jaunt to a collection station where we (and our baggage) were placed on the bus that was actually going to Key West.
Another stop. I have no idea where this place is, but it’s a regional visitors center, and we were let off for about 45 minutes to find the toilet and to grab some breakfast at a small shop. Then it was a comfortable ride to Key West.
170 miles translates to over three hours on the bus, and the company would like you to do only number 1 in the toilet at the back of the bus. Be prepared. Our trip was sunny, with lots of opportunity to see the sights, especially along more than 100 miles of trans-oceanic highway and countless quaint islands.
Drop off point, see the photo, is on Caroline Street, maybe four blocks from our hotel. We got there before noon, too early to check in, but the Heron House stored our bags while we hunted down some lunch.
The following Thursday, shortly after 5 p.m., we trudged back to Caroline Street and met the bus to Miami, already boarding. The sun goes down early in January, so there’s not much to see on the way back. The bus is not allowed to drop off on Ocean Drive in the evening. Traffic is too intense. We were let off at the intersection of 9th and Washington, a two-block walk back to the Waldorf Towers.
Recommended? Totally yes.