The big question on everyone’s mind when they drive down to Key West is, “Where do I park?”
If you’re staying in Old Town, you’ll probably be within walking distance to all the attractions and restaurants making a car unnecessary. So where do you store it during your stay? When you stay at one of the historic properties around the island, it is unlikely that they will have a parking lot on site. Many of the buildings were built before cars even existed, after all! Well, look no further. To help you start your vacation right, without stress, we’ve explained the best places for parking in Key West!
Old Town Parking Garage
300 Grinnell Street
Located next to the Historic Seaport, this place is just 4 blocks away from Duval Street. This garage is city owned and operated, and a space here will cost you $32 per day. If you’re a guest at Old Town Manor, we provide a limited number of passes for this garage at just $15 per day! You can catch a Duval Loop Bus back to Old Town Manor from the Parking Garage. There’s a stop right outside and it’s free. If you go to kwtransit.com and go to the Loop stops, you will get real-time info on when the next bus is due.
Key West Post Office
400 Whitehead Street
Since many island locals choose to walk or bike to the local post office, spaces in its parking lot are rented out for $30 per day. The cost may be high but the location cannot be beat! It’s just one block away from Duval and three blocks from Mallory Square. You can also park until 11 the next morning, no matter when you arrive.
Privately Owned Lots
624 Whitehead Street and 240 Whitehead
These parking lots are conveniently located in the heart Old Town! The lot on Whitehead has no attendant, but someone readily answers the phone at 305 292 2246, the number written on their sign. The cost is $20 per day until 10 am the next morning. They say that they are negotiable as to departure time and size of vehicle. The lot on Simonton is not paved but they are very negotiable as to price and departure time. In the offseason, they are $20 per day, but that can go up to $30 in Season and even $40 on New Year’s Eve and Fantasy Fest. You can stay overnight but departure time is 9 am unless you negotiate for later. They can park large vehicles including boats, but you might have to pay extra. No RVs are allowed. Both these lots are perfect walking distance from everything downtown. These lots are convenient and affordable, especially for those who are only visiting Key West for the day.
South of Simonton Street
Street parking in Key West is available all over town! The pay to park spaces are located from Simonton to Whitehead and cost $4/hour. Just pay the black box conveniently located on every block. You can program up to 10 hours in advance and the space is free between midnight and 8 am!
North of Elizabeth Street, between Eaton and Southard
If you are very lucky, you may find free parking in the residential area of Old Town. Driving through the neighborhoods, you will see many spaces with “Residential Parking” written on them. The blank spaces are free! Keep in mind that many people who commute to work on the island park in these spaces so they are hard to come by. Look out for signs that say “Loading Zone” or “15 minute parking” to avoid getting any tickets!
Parking in Key West can be a challenge but luckily you’ll only need to park once! The best way to explore the island is truly to just walk around or rent bikes. You don’t want to miss our amazing architecture, beautiful flowers, and friendly locals by being stuck in a car trying to find somewhere to park. So find a parking space, leave the car there for your whole stay, and enjoy being in paradise.
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