Visitors are always asking me what the best way to get around Key West is during their stay on our island Paradise. And I typically tell them to forget the rental car; take a cab. That is because driving and parking around Key West can be daunting. Maneuvering on some of the narrow lanes can be difficult and confusing, and parking is a real nightmare downtown. Most places do not even have parking on site, so you will most likely have to hoof it a good distance anyway even if you do have a car.
When I was driving around my big SUV or my husband’s huge pick up truck it was never more apparent that driving in Key West was just no fun. So I have traded in my unwieldy vehicle for a Jeep, and I have never been happier. Now I actually enjoy driving around downtown!
This is no Jeep advertisement, nor am I a car enthusiast or gear head, but I do appreciate a nice vehicle. My new Jeep is very comfortable inside, even for my husband who is a whopping 6’6″ in height (I am a mere 5’4″). And yes, I think it looks great too. Plus, driving my Jeep around is a pleasure. I love its flexibility from hard working SUV to fun loving convertible.
But the real winner here is the handling and mileage. I typically get around 18 miles to the gallon, which is great for city driving on this type of vehicle. My new Jeep is super going down the road, offering a stable ride and has some real pick up when needed.
Personally, I have never had a car easier to park, and that is my main beef with island driving. Parking is at such a premium on our tiny 2 x 4 mile island that sometimes one really needs to get into a tiny spot. This Jeep makes it easy.
In my opinion, the Jeep is the perfect island vehicle. If you have a Jeep, bring it on down to Key West. And if you don’t have a Jeep, you can now rent one at Key West Jeep Adventures. But make sure to do the Jeep wave when you see another Jeep going down the road!
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