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#1 Bill

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 02:42 PM

I have my Amtrak trip planned out from Cincinnati Oh to Alexandria Va and then to Miami Fl my final destination..question.
I wanna do a supervised tour by bus or just thought of this..cruise to Key West FL for two handicapped,can still walk but stairs and any distance is not gonna happen.
I have ridden on Amtrak many a time to the west but this will be my first time east and south so that aspect is not a problem.
I have no interest in Miami but Key west looks interesting and am looking at third week of january to second week of february.
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Posted 18 December 2012 - 03:35 PM

Just a thought to throw gas on the fire! Silver Meteor or Star with the bus (very nice charter busses) to Fort Myers, then take the Key West Express to Key West???? ( Google Key West Express)
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Posted 18 December 2012 - 09:03 PM

Thanks Freak...
I will have to look into that a bit more,it was something I did not know existed but we are a bit handicapped in walking so I really make sure of our plans:-)
My traveling partner refuses to do the handicap room to go west as she likes the community dinning room as I do and we can do it on the single level cars on these routes so I will look into it more Freak,our options are open after january 10th...have to see if I get a new knee:-)

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 12:42 AM

Although I live in Key West, I don't have any mobility problems, so take this for what it's worth. Unless you want to use taxis a lot, I imagine it would be very difficult to get around town. Good parking near where most people want to go is expensive, if you can get it.

Just a thought to throw gas on the fire! Silver Meteor or Star with the bus (very nice charter busses) to Fort Myers, then take the Key West Express to Key West???? ( Google Key West Express)


I will have to look into that a bit more,it was something I did not know existed but we are a bit handicapped in walking so I really make sure of our plans:-)


When the ferry docks there is a big crowd of people getting off and with it a lot of confusion. At the terminal, there is an electric rental car place and pedi-cabs and with luck there might be a taxi. If you book a hotel with shuttle service and let them know about your mobility issues ahead of time, they may send the shuttle to pick you up. You could also call a cab as the boat is docking and they can send one.

There are several sightseeing operations, but your best choice would be one of the Trollies that allow you to get off and on all day. That cuts way down on the walking.

There is a Greyhound that comes down from Miami and terminates at the Key West Airport which has much better transportation options than the Ferry Terminal.

However, if you really want to see the Keys as opposed to merely traveling to Key West, your best bet is to rent a car and take a leisurely drive down the Keys. There is a lot to see along the trip and you have the flexibility of having a car once you get here.

By the way, the library in Key West has a wing dedicated to Key West History and there is an incredible amount of information about the Oversea Railroad to Key West. Tom Hambright is the historian there and is extremely helpful.

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 10:32 PM

Thanks Bud...I am looking into tour buses from Miami to Key West so I can really enjoy the area.I really don't want to drive around:-)
A cruise ship was just an after thought as I have never been on one...looking at a few hotel prices there...I don't think we can afford the night stay.
I still wanna see the place,I have heard it is beautiful especially the road going there...I am still in the planning stage but thanks for the info:-)

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 12:00 PM

Well it looks like we can't go till after the first week of february. My partner has to have the battery replaced in her pacemaker and then a checkup seven days later.We are going to Key west by bus,seems to be the way to go.We might stay the night if our travel agent can get us a motel within our budget:-)

Looking forward to this trip as it will be all new Amtrak miles to us. :)

I changed drugs for my knee and think I can push a wheel chair around now. :D


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