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Fun Family Vacation Ideas for the Whole Crew

Oct 21, 2020 10:52:22 AM / by Key West Express posted in Museums, Water Activities, Attractions, Activities, Waterfront, Beaches, Fort Myers Beach, Marco Island, Outdoor, Fort Myers, Information, Beach, Kids

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126.1 million people visited Florida in 2018, making it one of the premier tourist destinations in the world.

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World's BEST Sea Shelling - Sanibel and Captiva Islands

Sep 4, 2020 9:00:00 AM / by Key West Express posted in Water Activities, Activities, Waterfront, Outdoor, Fort Myers, Beach, Kids

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Sanibel Island, located in Southwest Florida, off Fort Myers, has been crowned by experts as the best U.S. shelling spot, as well as one of the best in the world (according to Coastal Living). Collecting Sanibel seashells is a favorite pastime for beachgoers from around the world. Because of the abundance of seashells found on Sanibel and Captiva, they have rightfully earned the reputation as the "Shell Islands".

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Notable and Nautical: Family Vacation Ideas in Florida

Jan 6, 2020 1:48:02 PM / by Key West Express posted in Attractions, Activities, Beaches, Marco Island, Fort Myers, Kids

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The point of embarking on a family vacation is to get away from mundane daily rituals and devote time specifically for family bonding and making memories that will last a lifetime. So why not choose a journey as adventurous as the destination?

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Fort Myers Day Trips | Drive to Key West?

Dec 4, 2019 4:15:13 PM / by Key West Express posted in Insider, Waterfront, Fort Myers Beach, Marco Island, Fort Myers, Information

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Whether you are in Key West and want to take a trip to the historical Fort Myers for the day or you are in Fort Myers with other vacation ideas (like seeing Key West), you are only a ferry ride away!

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Your Most Burning Questions About The Roar Offshore Powerboat Races

Oct 31, 2019 4:51:54 PM / by Key West Express posted in Water Activities, Activities, Fort Myers Beach, Outdoor, Sports, Fort Myers, Events, Information, Beach

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Back after more than a dozen years, these uber amazing, high speed, powerboats are here to roar…. Oops, SOAR across the Gulf waters of Fort Myers Beach, where we are more than a little proud and hugely excited to have them for the National Championship Race Event. Part of the Offshore Powerboat Association (OPA), the events and sport itself have dramatically increased in popularity. The National Championship is the culmination of the entire OPA race season. The Roar Offshore APBA National Championship takes place on Fort Myers Beach, in the month of October. Racing enthusiasts descended upon Fort Myers Beach by the tens of thousands!

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Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery and Tours

Jun 13, 2018 5:45:01 PM / by Key West Express posted in Attractions, Shopping, Rum, Cape Coral, Distillery, Fort Myers

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Back in 2012 a few industrious and rum loving folks had the wondrous idea to make a new rum and distill it right here in southwest Florida, Cape Coral to be exact.  Utilizing Florida's very own sugar cane crops and other locally sourced ingredients, all of their rum is small batch, handcrafted using an American copper still pot.  Rums are then placed into American Kentucky whiskey barrels and aged anywhere from 3 to 14 years. Wicked Dolphin is one of the most awarded craft distilleries in the USA and it's right here in southwest Florida!

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How long does it take to get to Key West / How do I get to Key West?

Apr 4, 2018 4:31:00 PM / by Key West Express posted in Insider, Fort Myers Beach, Marco Island, Fort Myers, Information

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We get to answer a long list of questions from our guests. And the questions go from the mild to the wild!! Do we allow parrots?? (Yep) Can we take SCUBA Tanks? (Nope) Will the Captain marry us? (Sorry, but another no) The list goes on and on....

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Pirates and Wenches and Gold, Oh My!

Oct 17, 2017 10:00:00 AM / by Key West Express posted in Insider, Museums, Fort Myers

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Pirating in Florida

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Florida is well-known as a haven for pirates. The history behind Florida’s pirates is quite fascinating….

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Key West Welcomes Visitors Back After Hurricane Irma

Oct 13, 2017 10:37:43 AM / by Scott Schofield posted in Fort Myers Beach, Fort Myers

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It has been a few harrowing weeks in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.   Through the kindness of friends, strangers, neighbors, first responders & utility workers, everyone has united to make Key West whole again.  On October 1st, Key West officially reopened to welcome all to this island paradise.  

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Jet Blue Park at Fenway South - Here Come the Boston Red Sox

Mar 15, 2017 5:06:15 PM / by Key West Express posted in Attractions, Outdoor, Sports, Fort Myers

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Nothing says America like baseball and baseball at JetBlue Park, is like stepping back in time.

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