Miami to Key West Day Trip with Glass Bottom Boat Cruise
Take a Florida Keys road trip on the amazing Overseas Highway then explore the rich sea life around Key West aboard a modern, eco-friendly glass-bottom boat.
- Arrange free pickup from most Miami Beach & Downtown Miami hotels
- Ride the incredible Overseas Highway in a luxury touring coach
- Enjoy a narrated tour of the Florida Keys
- Spend an afternoon on the tropical island of Key West
- Explore the coral reef on a state-of-the-art glass-bottom boat
Combine a road trip along the scenic Florida Keys with a marine adventure aboard the best Key West glass-bottom boat on this exciting Miami to Key West Day Trip & Glass Bottom Boat Cruise Combo. Inside Key West invites you to experience sightseeing on the incredible Overseas Highway, then depart from Key West in the afternoon on a state-of-the-art glass-bottom boat to observe the amazing coral reefs and marine life of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. It’s a beautiful ride in air-conditioned comfort aboard a luxury touring coach, and you will arrive in Key West rested, enjoy an unforgettable day, then return to Miami refreshed at about 10:00 pm.
Take advantage of convenient free morning pickup service from most hotels in South Beach, Miami Beach, or Downtown Miami and transfer to the departure point to board the clean, modern touring coach. Soft, aircraft-style reclining seats are perfect for the 4-hour drive down the entire length of the Florida Keys. As the coach heads south from Downtown Miami, get ready for a thrilling ride through the Southern Everglades and across the narrow land bridge from the Mainland onto Key Largo, northernmost island in the Florida Keys chain.
Beginning in Key Largo, U.S. Highway 1 becomes the legendary Overseas Highway. As the coach follows this spectacular road southwest across both inhabited and uninhabited islands, you get a constant stream of superb views over the emerald and blue waters of the Florida Straits and the Gulf of Mexico. Listen to the narrated tour and enjoy the view, take photos, read a book, or simply relax and nap during the smooth, peaceful ride.
The coach traverses 31 islands separated by 43 bridges over open water as it travels down the Keys. The highlight of the trip is traveling over the renowned Seven Mile Bridge. Spanning 6.79 miles of open water, soaring high above the turquoise waves, this engineering marvel is famous for producing the sensation of flying low and fast over the sea. You might recognize some of the views because the bridge has been featured in many television shows and popular action movies including the Fast and Furious series.
The western end of the Seven Mile Bridge marks the beginning of the Lower Keys. Passing through open tropical bush lands and tiny seaside towns, running swiftly along white-sand shorelines and past marina harbors, the coach arrives in Key West around 12:00 noon. There is time to grab a bit of lunch and get ready for more adventure, then you will go aboard a sleek high-tech glass-bottom catamaran for a cruise out into the crystal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
The boat features sun deck seating, clean, spacious restrooms, a snack bar, and an air-conditioned enclosed viewing area specially designed to provide all passengers with an excellent look at the sea bottom passing under the boat. The visibility through the observation panels is good, similar to looking through a dive mask. It's easy to get a close-up perspective of one of the most biologically diverse marine eco-systems in the world.
A Key West glass-bottom boat tour is a great way for Key West visitors to enjoy the reef without damaging the unique coral ecosystem. You will learn a lot as a friendly guide presents a wealth of information about the living coral reef, home to over 400 species of fish and many other creatures. This Key West glass-bottom boat tour is great fun and very educational for nature lovers of all ages.
Put one of America’s top-ranked road trips, the Overseas Highway, together with a fantastic glass-bottom boat tour of the tropical waters that surround Key West. This Miami to Key West Day Trip is an easy way to get in a Key West tour during your Miami visit, and is sure to make lasting memories as a special part of any South Florida vacation. Reserve your seats now with a few taps on your smart phone and let the 100% secure online booking system and friendly customer service at Inside Key West help you get ready for an amazing Key West day trip!
- Reservations are REQUIRED for all bookings
- Book Your Package On-Line and Receive Your Confirmation
- Departure point: Detailed check-in instructions - including address, Google map, and parking information - will be included in your final confirmation email.
- Duration: 6 Hours in Key West
- Check-in time: Must be there by 7:15 am to check-in, boarding time will be at 7:40 am.
- Round trip transportation from Miami
- 6 hours in Key West A narrated tour of the Florida Keys
- State-of-the-Art Catamaran Glass Bottom Boat
- Air Conditioned Enclosed Viewing Area, Seated Sundeck
- Expert Tour Guides
What To Bring
- Confirmation Voucher (printed or mobile)
- Any required or suggested items listed on your confirmation email.
- A Smile!
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
Likely To Sell Out
Spaces are extremely limited this time of year so book early to ensure the date you want.
Voucher Confirmation Info
This tour accepts both printed and electronic vouchers (e-vouchers). You can either print the voucher and present a paper copy on the day of travel. Or, if you travel with a mobile device, simply show your Photo ID and present your voucher on your Smartphone or tablet on the day of travel.
Local Operator Information
Complete operator information, including local telephone number, will be included on your Confirmation Voucher.
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
- For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
- If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
- Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
- Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
- This tour requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
Frequently Asked QuestionsFAQ
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given to travelers by the Inside Key West customer support team.
What is there to see in Key West?
You’ll have approximately 6 hours to explore Key West. Famous for its history, this tropical island is home to famous landmarks such as the Southernmost Point in the United States, Mel Fisher’s Treasure Hunting Museum, Ernest Hemingway’s House with the 6-toed cats, Fort Zachary Taylor, and a spooky above ground cemetery just to name a few. There’s also fun water activities, like snorkeling, a glass bottom boat ride, jet ski tours, and parasailing.
Are there beaches in Key West?
There are several beaches in Key West, with the most popular being located at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park. Key West is a great watersports destination, so bring a bathing suit and sunscreen, if you plan to get wet.
Can I bring luggage on the bus?
Yes, you may bring one piece of luggage and one carry on bag, per person.
Do we stop on the way to Key West?
It depends. If passengers wish to take a break, we will stop at the McDonalds in Tavernier at approximately 9:00 AM. There is also a convince store and a grocery store in the same vicinity.
How do people dress in Key West?
Key West is super casual. A sundress for ladies and khaki shorts for the gets is as dressed up as anyone usually gets.
How long does it take to drive to Key West?
The road trip takes about 4 hours. Driving the Overseas Highway is a one-of-a-kind experience. You will see some of the most spectacular scenery in the State. You will literally be driving right over the ocean and across a thin chain of islands and bridges, including the famous 7-Mile Bridge. These bridges connect 34 islands that make up the Florida Keys.
How much free time do we have in Key West?
You’ll have approximately 6 hours to explore Key West at your leisure.
What are some good items to bring on the drive to Key West?
Here are some good things to bring to keep you comfortable on the trip: a smartphone, tablet computer, MP3 player, books, magazines, camera, snacks, sleeping shades, and a travel pillow.
What happens if only my activity in Key West is cancelled?
On occasion, the activities in Key West will be canceled for bad weather. In those cases, you will be given a refund for the canceled part of your trip. Those refunds are as follows:
- If Glass Bottom Boat Cruise is canceled due to weather you will be issued a $29 refund.
- If Snorkeling Trip is canceled due to weather you will be issued a $29 refund.
- If Parasailing is canceled due to weather you will be issued a $39 refund.
- If Trolley is canceled due to weather you will be issued a $25 refund.
Will you pick me up from my hotel?
Yes. Free pick-up is available from all hotels in South Beach, Miami Beach, and Downtown Miami.
Will you take me back to my hotel after the tour?
Yes, after the tour, we will return you back to the hotel that we picked you up from. Inside Key West offers complimentary drop-off service to all hotels in Miami Beach and Downtown Miami.
Will I get seasick on Miami to Key West Day Trip & Glass Bottom Boat Cruise Combo?
If you have any doubts about becoming seasick on the water, we recommend taking a Dramamine® Motion Sickness Relief tablet the night before your trip. Some people recommend taking it the night before your cruise and then again that morning so you will not feel so drowsy.
What is the weather cancellation policy?
If the Miami to Key West Day Trip with Glass Bottom Boat Cruise must be canceled due to bad weather, and you cannot go on another day or time, you will be issued a refund by Inside Key West.
Where can I park my car?
If required, parking instructions for the Miami to Key West Day Trip with Glass Bottom Boat Cruise will be included in your confirmation email.
Where is the meeting point for this activity?
Detailed check-in instructions – including meeting point address, Google map, and parking information – for Miami to Key West Day Trip with Glass Bottom Boat Cruise will be included in your confirmation email from Inside Key West. Please be sure to double and triple check your email address is correct at checkout so this important email makes its way to you!
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