Naval Air Station Key West is a military airport and naval air station situated on Boca Chica Key, the second to the last key or chain of islands jutting out from Florida towards the Caribbean. The naval air station is a pilot training facility operated by the US Navy. It is a private airport and permission is required for any aircraft to land here. Though the naval air station does not have car rental desks, it is only four miles to the Key West central business district, the southernmost city in the US. Key West is a popular family-friendly destination in Florida where visitors can head to the beaches and engage in exciting water activities.
Who to Book With
Key West is a popular island getaway and therefore a number of car hire firms have offices here. Along North Roosevelt Boulevard, visitors will find National, Alamo, Enterprise and Adventure Rentals.
Need to Know Essentials
When retrieving the car you booked, you must show the following:
- Print-out of the booking confirmation (if possible)
- Identity documents (such as passport or utility bill)
- Credit card
- Driver's permit (International Driving Permit recommended)
More information is found in our FAQs.
Speed limits in the US vary by state. In Florida, the speed limit for expressways and interstate highways is 70mph. Outside built-up areas, it ranges from 55mph to 65mph. When driving around school zones, the limit is 10mph to 20mph. Limits are enforced strictly and violators are sanctioned with fines. Seatbelts are required for those in the front seats. Children under 18 years of age need to wear a seatbelt at all time. Parking is available in many areas of Key West but it can be expensive. There is free parking at the USS Mohawk Museum car park.
You can view our guide to driving in the US here.
Should you acquire the requisite permission to land into Naval Air Station Key West, you will need to arrange for your own transport to leave the airport. US Route 1 actually passes through immediately north of the naval air station. This section is particularly scenic, taking in the beautiful seascape of the Florida Keys. Head west on Route 1 and you reach Key West. Head east and you reach the mainland towards the rest of Florida.
The closest train station to Boca Chica Key is Florida's Fort Lauderdale Station, where you can arrive via Amtrak. From Fort Lauderdale, visitors can take a shuttle bus for around £58 covering of about 180 miles to Key West passing by Naval Air Station Key West on Boca Chica Key.
There are a number of taxi and limo services operating in the Key West area. Many can be easily arranged with just a phone call. One provider is Five 6s. Rates are about £2 for the first fifth of a mile and around £0.4 for every fifth of a mile from there.
Naval Air Station Key West to Key West is around £17
The quintessentially American Greyhound buses ply routes within Florida and make various stops within the Florida Keys, including Key West. From Miami, the fare is about £23. Public buses are also available in Key West covering many areas. A single-journey fare is about £1.
Naval Air Station Key West operates from sunrise to sunset. Prior permission is required before landing at this military facility. For the most part, the airport facility serves members of the US Armed Forces and their families. Various facilities are available at the naval air station for their use.
Prior arrangement may be necessary when parking at any of the parking spots at the naval air station. When an event such as the 2013 Southernmost Air Spectacular is held at the facility, the parking spots for visitors are free.
There is currently no information on the availability of Wi-Fi in the Naval Air Station. Otherwise, many of the hotels within Key West have high-speed internet and Wi-Fi.
There is currently no information on any public information desk or office at Naval Air Station. This military facility, however, does have an information hotline.
Information Hotline: +1 305 293 2425
There is currently no information on accessibility for persons with reduced mobility who are travelling through Naval Air Station Key West.
Restaurants and Bars
The lodging facilities within the naval air station will most likely have food services. The lodges here are Navy Lodge at Sigsbee Park and the Navy Gateway Inns & Suites.
While information on lounges for VIPs may not yet be available as of this time, the naval air station lodges Navy Lodge at Sigsbee Park and the Navy Gateway Inns & Suites offer a place to stay for people in transit.
Money and ATMs
There is currently no information on ATMs and money exchange facilities at the naval air station.
The on-base lodges Navy Lodge at Sigsbee Park and the Navy Gateway Inns & Suites will most likely provide whatever necessities you may need should you find yourself staying at Naval Air Station Key West.