Last Updated on March 31, 2024

If you’re planning a trip from Naples to Key West, you’ve come to the right place!

In this post, we’ll cover all the options (and best deals) available for getting from points A to B including by car, by plane, and by ferry.

Air travel is the least practical and most expensive method, but going by ferry boat can speed up the trip time and make the experience more unique.

Road trip fanatics will love the section on the best stops to make between Naples and Key West from swamp tours and visits to scenic piers to mouth-watering seafood restaurants you won’t want to miss.

Ready to find out which travel method works best for you?  Let’s dive in!



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Highway at a modern toll road turnpike

Is There A Shuttle That Takes People From Naples To Key West?

There is no shuttle from Naples to Key West, however, you can take the Key West Express Ferry from Marco Island.

The ferry ride only takes about 3.5 hours, making it the quickest of all the options.

It’s also cheaper than the flights I found when researching for this post.

Board the jet-powered catamaran at Marco Island and head to Key West for a one-day or multi-day trip.

Be sure to book your tickets well in advance because they sell out quickly.



tourists enjoying the sunset at the Naples pier in Florida

Naples Pier

Kick off your road trip to Key West with an obligatory stop at the historic Naples Pier.

This impressive pier/boardwalk offers gorgeous views of the Florida coastline and is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Naples area.  

Admire the pelicans floating through the air and seagulls flapping.

Catch the sunrise or sunset over the Gulf of Mexico or drop a line in and see which fish might be biting.

The beach near the pier is also a fun spot to make sand castles and swim.

A heron flying over the wetlands in Everglades Florida

Everglades Swamp Tours And Airboat Rides

Need a stretch break?  Head down to Everglades City and zoom through Everglades National Park on an airboat for a dose of adrenaline and a fun learning experience.

Nothing beats flying down narrow corridors between mangrove trees, sighting wildlife, and learning about this unique ecosystem from your entertaining guide. 

If an airboat isn’t your style, consider a buggy or kayak tour instead.

Move silently through the beauty, immersing yourself in the sounds of nature.

The national park is home to alligators, unique birds, and even bobcats.

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Enjoy a quick training session followed by two one-minute flights in the air tunnel for an unforgettable experience.

I-fly Indoor Skydiving In Fort Lauderdale

If you don’t mind taking a little detour along your route, consider heading to the Ifly Indoor Skydiving Experience in Fort Lauderdale.

Don your flight gear and enter a vertical wind tunnel with wall-to-wall airflow.

The sensation is just what you would feel free falling from 11,000 feet in the air. What a rush!

Enjoy a quick training session followed by two one-minute flights in the air tunnel for an unforgettable experience. It’s perfect for all ages.

When you’re done, you can also make a quick trip to the Atlantic Ocean before getting back on your journey to Key West! 



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mouthwatering food with chips, shrimp and vegan options in Buzzard's restaurant

The Buzzard’s Roost Restaurant

At this point in your trip, your belly might be rumbling for seafood.

Now that you hit the Florida Keys, The Buzzards Roost in Key Largo is a prime eatery to check out.

This waterfront restaurant serves lunches, dinners, kid menus, and weekly specials.

Come for the live music on Friday and Saturday nights or a steel drum spectacle during brunch (complete with complimentary mimosas) on Sundays.

The mouthwatering menu includes fish dip, crab cakes, cracked conch, mahi fingers, and more.

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Underwater scene in John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park with different corals and fish species

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

Watersports, here we come! Hop into a canoe or kayak for a fun paddling adventure through the beauties of John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo.

It’s also one of the best places to snorkel, scuba dive, or glimpse the undersea park from the comfort of a glass-bottom boat.

Fishing, walking trails, picnicking, swimming, and camping are additional fun activities to enjoy here.

A blue kayak in the shore of Coco Blum Beach

Coco Plum Beach

Ready for a stop in the Florida city of Marathon? If so, grab your towel and luxuriate in the tranquil solace of Coco Plum Beach.

Sand is rare on the Keys, so Coco Plum Beach is one of the most popular destinations among travelers and locals.

Relax, swim, sun tan, enjoy the high temperatures, and keep an eye out for nesting sea turtles.

Duval street scene in Key West Florida

Duval Street

Congrats on making it to Key West! No visit is complete without exploring downtown Duval Street.

This is the pulsing heart of the city and a great place to find shops, restaurants, pubs, and Ghosts & Gravestones Tours.

Food and cocktails at the Hogs Breath Saloon and incredible ceviche at Turtle Kraals Key West Restaurant are two great places to visit during your forays.

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Naples to Key West



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