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All aborad: Worry free island hopping on the Key West Express

July 29, 2016
By ANITA FORCE MARSHALL ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Have you ever dreamt of just leaving your life behind for the weekend? We all think about it, daydreaming can conjure up some fabulous getaways. Key West is the easy-to-get-to island just south of us that we all want to visit to re-invent ourselves and throw our cares to the balmy breezes.

With the Key West Express, all your dreams can come true even easier. Travel worry free, rather than driving several hours with wild traffic, and smoothly ride atop the Gulf waves on a fast ferry headed south. The Key West Express is faster than driving and less expensive than flying? it's the simplest way to travel to Key West. Relax, sit back, and let the seaworthy crew get you to your next island getaway adventure destination.

You and your entourage will have time to enjoy the full service bar serving beer, wine, liquor and other spirits, and the galley is filled with sandwiches, burgers, hotdogs, and all kinds of tasty treats.

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Key West Express leaves Fort Myers Beach.

Enjoy the comfortable seating and open-air sun decks offering one-of-a-kind ever-changing gulf views.

If you're not watching the marine life then you can always enjoy a movie from one of the many large flat-screened TVs in the air-conditioned cabins.

Each guest may bring two pieces of carry-on luggage and pets are welcomed on board for a fee but must be contained in their carriers.

The travel time down from Fort Myers Beach to Key West is only about 3.5 hours, and the cost starts for adults at $125 round trip or less one way. Select your dates; you may go down and return any day you'd like.

The Key West Express offers two Southwest Florida hubs for travelers: docks off of Fort Myers Beach and Marco Island. Both locations have boarding times of 7 to 8 a.m., with departure at 8:30 a.m.

The return trip from Key West boarding times are 5 to 5:30 p.m., departing at 6 p.m., and Marco Island boarding times are 4 to 4:30 p.m., departing at 5 p.m.

The company has two state-of-the-art vessels. The 170-foot Key West Express catamaran is its flagship vessel that's based out of the Fort Myers Beach port of call. It's a jet drive-powered boat that cuts through the Gulf waters at an average cruising speed of 34 knots. Boasting three decks and comfortable indoor and outdoor seating, there are plenty of amenities to enjoy. The Big Cat Express, a 155-foot jet-powered catamaran boasts a shallow 4.5-foot draft, which makes it even more friendly to the marine environment and enables us to get in and out of shallow water ports like Marco Islands and Fort Myers Beach quicker.

Whether it's a day trip out or a weekend haven in your home away from home, think about booking your escape to find the perfect tropical sunset with the Key West Express. Visit



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