It's time for a vacation and you want to head to Margaritaville. Key West is a treasured vacation spot. The problem is how are you going to get there? Several airlines fly into Key West International Airport. However, since the runway is fairly short, the largest airplanes they dispatch are 19-30 seat turboprops stuffed to the gills with passengers and bags...yuck. No doubt the best and most convenient way is to charter a Key West seaplane.
Of course a Key West seaplane is going to cost a few more bucks. But hey, you're on vacation, why not go a little wild? Also, since the plane waits on you instead of you waiting on it, you spend less time in an airport and more time on the beach. The investment is well worth. In addition, a Key West seaplane can take fly you right into your private beach or any other remote area. You can't do that on commercial.
The Dry Tortugas are a prime attraction for diving and fishing. With a seaplane you can beat the crowds before the ferry arrives and have the park all by yourself. Besides, the boat ride from Key West is miserably long.
So let's start shopping for the right seaplane. Most seaplane operators are going to run out of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, or West Palm Beach. Doing a search for seaplane charter with the city name should yield several operators. Give them a call and see what their rates and availability are like. You can also ask them about their fleet age and safety record. Some may charge a flat fee per passenger, while others may charge per flight hour.
If they have a website you may be able to look at pictures of the planes and the interiors. The flights are not that long, but if you are paying good money for a charter seaplane it should be somewhat nice and luxurious.
Some charter companies offer extra services. Try to find a seaplane charter that includes concierge service that can book tours, adventures, dining, and ground transportation for you. This relieves the stress of having to plan all the details and most people think it's well worth it.
These quick and dirty tips should point you in the right direction towards finding a top notch Key West seaplane. Enjoy getting wasted away!