Who knew that Key West was a little slice of the Caribbean just 3 hours southwest of Miami? It makes sense considering it is an island in the middle of the ocean, but I never figured it was covered in pastel painted victorian era style homes, towering mahogany trees lining the sidewalks and boulevards, and friendly pedestrian and bicycle laden streets. Key West is a place where everyone is friendly and people stop for bicyclists, wave hello to passerbys, shout hello to their neighbors when they see them stepping outside to check the mail. Everyone is greeted with a warm smile. It’s a place where manners and congeniality extend beyond the obligatory excuses, and the warm sunshine makes everyone a little slower, a little calmer and a little sweeter. The Key Lime Pie helps for sure too!
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Disney Cruise Wonder
Port Stop: Key West, Florida
Excursion: Bike Rentals
Island Safari Rentals
408 Greene Street
Key West, Florida 33040
Hours: 8a – 6p
Prices: $10-14 per bike | All day rental
A few months before this trip, our friends recently visited Hilton Head and brought up how much they loved renting bikes as a family and strolling through town. We were enamored by the idea and because our stop in Key West was relatively short, we decided this would be the perfect way to explore the island.
We rented our bikes from Island Safari Rentals, in part because the original bike rental place we found online was sold out. They redirected us here, and it couldn’t have been a better choice! Island Safari Rentals is within a five minute walk from the port, and they had every kind of bike we needed. Island Safari Rentals is super convenient, with quality bikes offered at a great price.
We had booked in advance via email. We opted for an adult cruiser with a baby seat for me, a kids bike for Pie and a tandem bike – an adult cruiser with a tug a long for Widmore and Daddy. When we arrived, service was a little slow, but very friendly. They provided all the helmets and safety gear needed, plus a bike lock and a basket on one of the adult bikes for water bottles and extra hand held items.
Even better? They were located next to to the Key Lime Pie Bakery: Voted the best Key Lime Pie Bakery in all of Key West! We didn’t have to venture far to get our iconic and edible take home souvenir.
Our only complaint was that the tug a long wasn’t firmly attached to the adult cruiser, and after a few turns ended up becoming detached and poor little Widmore ended up taking a tumble. Gabriel got it all put back together, properly this time, and Widmore bravely dusted himself off to try again. The rest of the day was fall free.
We rode the full length and width of the Key West, all 7.24 square miles. We explored neighborhoods, candy shops, old town, the wharf, historic seaport, and the southernmost point buoy (thought we opted not to stand in the hour long line to take a photo). We bought some awful snow cones that we ended up throwing out, went swimming in South Beach, took a peek at the Southernmost Inn, and enjoyed as much of Key West as we were able in our short time.
And, because it was December we were able to see all the fun Caribbean Christmas decorations throughout the city as well! Santa hats on fence posts, wreaths on every street light, and beach Santa’s in every window!
Riding bikes around Key West is one of the best ways to see the island! While other excursions are available, most of which are out on the water and have nothing to do with Key West, Florida at all, we loved our experience on the island. We truly got a feel for the character of this tiny town, the people that reside here, and how beautiful the ocean and nature have shaped this little swath of land.
► For Kids: Our kids loved the experience they had riding bikes around Key West, Florida. Island Safari Rentals was a great choice for our port day excursion. Bikes offered our children independence while still playing together as part of a family adventure. They each took turns leading the bike train and choosing which direction we would explore next. We were able to tour leisurely, stop for water breaks and find shade when needed.
In all our travels, we’ve never ventured outside of city of Orlando during our trips to Florida. It was fun to see Key West and a different side of this state that wasn’t filled with amusement hysteria.
► Nap-Time Version: On our Disney Cruise port stop in Key West, Florida we enjoyed a leisurely day riding bikes from Island Safari Rentals; exploring neighborhoods, candy shops, old town, the wharf, historic seaport, the southernmost point buoy, swimming in South Beach, and more!