FINDING THE RIGHT PLACE TO STAY near Key West can
be a daunting task. A survey of rates in the Florida Keys
published by The Key West Citizen in October 2003 showed that
discount and economy hotels are plentiful in Florida City,
back on the mainland U.S.. But as soon as you cross the first
bridge into Key Largo, the first of the Florida Keys, the
rates go up! And as you cross each additional of the forty
odd bridges that link Key West to the mainland, the rates
increase even more.
It's simply supply and demand. Key West is an island located
over 100 miles out in the Atlantic Ocean. What open land is
available is highly protected by ROGO ("Rate of Growth
Ordinances") and other enviromental legislation.
But is staying on the mainland and daytripping down to the
Keys the only option? The survey pointed out that a vacationing
couple staying in Florida City could save at least $198.30
for a six-night, seven-day visit over the best Key Largo rate.
If they had planned to stay in Islamorada, they would save
closer to $300! But sitting in snarled traffic along the 20
mile stretch of highway that links Key Largo to the mainland
is not something anyone wants to do daily on their vacation!
And when the traffic is moving it is notoriously dangerous
as impatient drivers unfamiliar with the road try to pass
recreational drivers and those spellbound by their first view
of the awesome Florida Keys scenery!
There must be a way to enjoy your Florida Keys vacation without
staying in a discount motel or hotel in Florida City!
Key West and the rest of Florida Keys offer a wide variety
of lodging options: quaint hotels, charming bed & breakfasts,
cheap motels, rustic cabins, RV parks, campgrounds, there
is a style to suit every taste and every budget. With the
shortage of hotel rooms in the Keys, an increasingly popular
choice for vacations of seven days or more in a seasonal "Vacation
Rental". Let's face it. It's hard to feel your on vacation
when you're sharing a cramped hotel room with your children.
VACATION RENTALS provide two and three bedroom homes with
full living rooms and kitchens for about the same cost as
a single room at a nice hotel. And ammenities like washers
and dryers are often available with the vacation rental at
no extra charge.
These PRIVATE VACATION HOMES provide all the luxuries of
-- well "home". You're not crammed into a tiny hotel
room and typical the offer concierge style services - reservations,
boat rentals, and otehr services that the upscale hotels do.
But without an upscale price. If you plan to rent a vacation
home, be sure to ask: Are linens included? Some don't. Is
the cleaning fee included? Some aren't Is there a boat launch?
And parking for my boat? Some don't have the room! Whatever
lodging option you choose you are in for the vacation of a
If you would like more information about lodging and accomodations
in Key West or anywhere else in the Florida Keys, check out
for the latest sources of information. There you will find
some fine vacation home rentals that won't break your budget.
And you can spend more time enjoying your vacation in the
Florida Keys and less time stuck in traffic.