The island of Key Westis only about 4 miles long by 2 miles wide which is pretty small. It’s also flat, which makes cycling a very attractive way of getting around. Once you can recognize Duval Street you should easily be able to orient yourself with the route back to your hotel. Duval Street is the main street in Key West and is often called the longest street in the world because it starts at the Atlantic Ocean and ends in the Gulf of Mexico! It is however only a mile long. It’s usually easy to recognize because of all the bars and restaurants and busy activity all day (& night) long.
Unless you plan to stay in the newer areas of town where there are parking spaces at hotels and stores, having a car in Key West will probably end up being more of a pain than a pleasure. Most hotels and guesthouses in Old Town don’t have off-street parking. Be sure to check this when making your reservation.
Parking downtown is available for about $2.50 per hour (and more). There are some unmetered parking spaces outside the main commercial area in Key West, but about half of these spaces are marked as residential parking – so if your car doesn’t have local Monroe County plates or a City residential sticker, you won’t be able to park there.
With limited parking, no hills to climb, and a tiny island to get around, our recommendation for getting around in Key West is a combination of walking, cycling and taking cabs if it happens to be raining.