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The Key West Express Part 3: Paradise porters.
So here we are, right in the heart fabulous Key West with so much to see and do and it' s only lunch time, the majority of people cannot check in to their accommodation until 3 or 4 pm so what do you do with your bags? Do you waste time taking a trip to your accommodation to leave your bags, only having to return later and check in or do you haul your luggage to a bar and restaurant spending the time there until check in?
This is where the great idea of Paradise Porters comes into play. For just $10 a bag they will take your luggage from you at the ferry terminal and deliver it to your accommodation so it is waiting for you when you check in, that way you can get on with enjoying your time in Key West from the minute you leave the ferry. They will also do the same in reverse on the day of your departure, simply check out of your accommodation and leave your luggage for collection by Paradise Porters, and then you can enjoy a full, final day in Key West without having to worry about returning to your accommodation and collecting your luggage.
Our return journey from Key West was much the same as our outbound journey, we had been told that boarding would start at 5pm and that people would start forming a line from about 4. 45 in order to board first and secure specific seats. We were at the ferry terminal by about 4. 15 and already a line had started to form. As there was very limited seating on the outside of the building where the line was forming, and we weren' t bothered about particular seats, we simply collected our bags from Paradise Porters and took a seat inside the ferry terminal building. The line got increasingly longer until it was eventually closed and people then had no option other than to come inside where eventually a second line began to form at the gate. The outside line boarded first followed by the line from inside the terminal. Once again we opted to sit outside as it was a gloriously warm and sunny evening although we thought a move to the inside may be required once the sun went down. In the event it was actually warmer out on the deck than it was inside where the air conditioning seemed particularly fierce and we stayed put for the whole of the evening. We were in a great position to see the sunset and although people gravitated to the edge of the boat to watch, it never got particularly crowded. When the sun finally dipped below the horizon it earned the obligatory round of applause for its performance.
The journey home was uneventful, the services were much the same as our journey from Fort Myers and once again we were treated to a very smooth trip. Disembarking was painless and straightforward and we were quickly back in our car, on the road and back in our Orlando villa at half past midnight. Having travelled on The Key West Express I think that will be our preferred choice of transport for any future trips to Key West and I would thoroughly recommend it.
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