Car Rental, Key West
OK, if you're here because you Googled "Go Topless", you are now busted. (pun intended) I'm talking about convertibles. If/when you rent a car in Key West, I absolutely suggest that you book ahead and get yourself a convertible. This is the perfect town to cruise around topless, talking to the folks along the street.
And if you get a chance, you might want to motor up the Keys toward mainland Florida along US 1 with the top down, too. It's all part of the lifestyle.
Most of the rental companies have convertible options in Key West...usually you'll get a Chrysler Sebring or PT Cruiser convertible model. There are some BMWs and such, too. But, as you'd guess, they are popular. Book ahead of time, and you'll be paying about $15 a day more. But again, it's Key West. This is no place to be riding around in a hard-top Impala, folks.
Drop the top and let 'er rip!
Electric cars can be rented in Key West. They are more expensive than renting a regular car though. The main office is at 500 Truman. The top of the office with the sign is inset at the top of the photo
The battery-powered “cruisers” are environmentally friendly and have a pedestrian-friendly top speed of 25 miles per hour. Locally they are known as “Conch Cruisers.” Two or four seat models are available with hard or soft tops.
$29 per hour 2 hour minimum
$89 per half day 4 hours maximum
$119 per full day 8 hour maximum
$119 per night for 2 nights
$99 per night for 3 or more nights
Four Seaters also available
Because this was not our first time in Key West, we decided to take the long way into the Keys. We flew into Miami, rented a car, and drove the rest of the way, over the long beautiful bridges overlooking the blue ocean. This was a long drive, about 3 hours, but well worth it. When you get to Key West, there is not a whole lot of parking available. If you are going to stay in the Historical area, I would advise parking in a parking structure. We were able to squeeze our car into this little area behind the back fence of the house.
There is a parking garage on Front Street.
BUDGET car & truck rental usually has the the best prices & service, & a great selection; convertibles, any size car, SUV's, mini vans, etc. You can call their nationwide number at 800-527- 0700 to reserve it, or the local Budget number at 305-294-8868 at Key West Airport. For holidays, high season & special events such as Fantasy Fest in October it's best to reserve ahead of time! Otherwise you can do a walk up rental at Key West Airport, at 3495 South Roosevelt Blvd., & the staff are friendly!
We rented a car, then rarely used it. If you stay anywhere around the Old Town areas, you can pretty much walk to everything. If you're dressing up for a dinner and don't want to walk, take a cab...there are plenty...and it will cut down on some of the traffic congestion.
The best way to go here is by car.
Here is the Buick Regal we rent at Alamo-rent-a-car at Ft Lauderdale.
You simply must have your own transportation. There are too many things to see that you wouldn't if you didn't just 'by chance' run into it or find on your own.