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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

We know your time is valuable. So we’ve created this list of common questions along with detailed responses from our Customer Care team. In most cases you’ll find a quick and comprehensive answer to your question.

Inside Key West FAQ

Do I need to buy tickets in advance?
Yes, highly recommended. Due to the general popularity of Key West, trips regularly ‘sell-out’. Therefore, visitors are encouraged to Pre-book to insure a satisfying, worry-free vacation.

How do I book online?
On each page look for the button that says “Book Now”. Then, Click “Book Now”.

  1. Enter the number of in your party as well as your date of choice for the activity or tour you are interested. When space is available, an orange button will appear. Click it too.
  2. After clicking the button, you are taken to the Inside Key West shopping cart page. Here you’ll find your precise price quote for the tour you selected.
  3. From there, you proceed to the checkout to enter your traveler, payment and contact details and information.
  4. Finally, click the “Submit” button.

Is tip included?”
No. On most Key West tours and activities with guides, mates, captains, and assistance, tips are not included. Our general recommendation is 18-20% when you enjoy a quality service experience.

What happens after I book?”
Upon your booking being confirmed, Inside Key West will email you a voucher—check your email! This is your ticket as well as proof of purchase.

On the day of your event, present a paper copy or the electronic voucher (from smartphone or tablet) for your activity. Or, you can present the Lead Traveler’s picture ID. Each operator has your reservation on file and will only requires your proof of identity (valid photo ID for the Lead Traveler) on the day of your event, tour, ride or excursion.

What is the refund/cancellation policy?
Our policy is full-refund will be provided Travelers if the reservation is cancelled 24 hours before check-in time for the booked activity. (Please note: No refund will be issued if cancelled within 24 hours of activity check-in time.) Finally, if the tour operator cancels the activity for any reason the reservation will be fully refunded. To process a refund please call the vendor at the phone number listed on the confirmation email, or call +1 (866) 259-1333.

General Key West FAQ

Where is Key West?”
Key West is the last island southwest of Miami FL you can drive to. It is “the Southernmost Spot in the Continental United States.” Key West is SW of Miami by 159 miles and barely 90 miles above Havana. You can fly, drive, or boat into Key West. To get to Key West by car, take US1. Optionally, you can a fly into Key West International Airport (EYW). Hawaii, and American Territories America Samoas and Jarvis Island only US provinces further South than Key West.

How big is Key West?
Key West is approximately 3 miles x 4 miles, with about 2 miles x 3 miles of occupiable land space. It is an island. The water goes all the way around but not underneath (except for the occasional fresh water spring).

What is the population of Key West?
At its highpoint, Key West had almost twice as many residents. Currently, the number of Key West inhabitants is close to 25,000. Exception: Fantasy Fest, where the island population can go as high as 100,000.

What is the Conch Republic?
The Conch Republic was established by secession of the Florida Keys from the United States of America, on April 23rd, 1982 in response to a United States Border Patrol Blockade setup on highway U.S.1 at Florida City just to the north of the Florida Keys. This act effectively isolated Keys Citizens from the U.S. mainland since the blockade was on the only land artery to and from the mainland. So in true Key West tradition, Key West seceded from the US. This was immediately followed by surrender to the US and then request for “war reparations”. The secession and subsequent partying is a source of pride to most residents of Key West, i.e., The Conch Republic.

How do you get to Key West?
The 120-mile-long Florida Keys island chain is linked to mainland Florida by U.S. 1, the Overseas Highway. Visitors to Key West can take a flight into Miami International Airport (MIA) or Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and from there can reach the Key West by airport shuttle buses or rental cars. Of course, many visitors now prefer the convenience of flying directly into Key West’s International Airport (EYW) serviced by many fine airlines.