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Sunday, May 6, 2007

Up, Up and Away

It just got easier to get to Key West. On Saturday Delta Airlines launched a new route between Key West and Tampa, flying two trips on Saturdays only on a 50 passenger regional jet. Continental already offers daily service between Tampa and Key West on a smaller 19 passenger plane.

Delta already files three daily nonstop flights to Atlanta on a 65-passenger regional from Key West.

United, US Air, American, and Continental all fly into Key West daily from Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and other Florida locations. Instead of booking your flight through Miami, try one of the other large Florida cities such as Tampa, Orlando, Ft. Meyers, or Ft. Lauderdale. And if you feel you want to drive to Key West, start out in Ft. Lauderdale. That airport is much more user friendly. It is just as easy to drive to the Florida Turnpike and take a left to go to Key West. If you have ever driven to Key West from Miami you will agree that the extra 40 minutes in driving time is worth it.

The Florida Turnpike, Interstate 95 and U.S. 1 all converge and meet in Florida City. From there the drive is interesting—if you are not following a funmobile going 40 miles per hour. There is basically one lane in and one lane out of Key West. The drive is pretty, however. Try the drive once and fly the rest of the time.

Of course you could take a boat from Ft. Meyers or Marco Island. CLICK HERE for more information.

I have one plea: Please do not tease the Realtors. So many people come to Key West and toy with the notion of buying a second home here. Many folks are serious, but not all. I don't know how many hours I've logged driving would-be buyers around looking at homes or condos. The real estate market in Key West is in the dumps right now, so please don't waste a Realtor's time or gas by going on a sightseeing trip in his or her car. But you can see all current mls listings by CLICKING HERE. If you are really considering buying, please think about calling me at 1-305-766-2642.

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I first read about Key West in a magazine called "After Dark" sometime in the mid 1970's. But it wasn't until March 1984 that I made my first visit to the island that would become my home. I had two weeks for a vacation and reserved a room at Colours Guesthouse (now Marrero's Guest House) for one week. I thought that if I didn't like Key West, I could always go back to Miami or Ft. Lauderdale for the rest of my trip. But after a couple of days in Key West, that was no longer a consideration. But when I wanted to extend my stay for the extra week I found there was no room at the inn. The guesthouse owner did find me a room at LaTeDa, the infamous guesthouse/restaurant. That's a story I'll write another day. But those two weeks in Key West gave me the realization that I had found Paradise. Key West has been my home since 1993 and my only regret is that it took me so long to get here. I am a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties CRI. Let me help you find your new home or business in Paradise. Living in Paradise is not a slogan, it's a way of life.