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Monday, September 26, 2016

Top 10 Money Saving Tips for Travel in the Florida Keys

Check out these tips for a fabulous Florida Keys getaway that won’t break the bank.

Don’t travel on holidays. Mid-week and low season offer the best hotel prices. Not only will you be getting the best value, the islands will be less crowded and more enjoyable.

Get a hotel room with a kitchen. Stop at the grocery store on your way into town for snacks, drinks and simple meals. This way, you won’t be at the mercy of a mini-bar or high-priced room service.

Utilize the Chambers of Commerce. They’ll mail you information for free, and their website has a calendar full of free or cheap festivals and events. At the visitor centers, they have a variety coupon books, and the people who work there are incredibly knowledgeable about the area.

Gas up in Key Largo. As soon as you hit Key Largo, fill up your tank. Gas goes up in price the further south you go.

Indulge at the seafood markets. Fresh stone crabs, Florida lobster and Key West pink shrimp are sold at a premium at the restaurants. Visit the Key Largo Fisheries, Keys Fisheries in Marathon or the Eaton Street Seafood Market in Key West to get these local delicacies straight from the boat and at a fraction of the price.

Take a picnic to the beach. Want inexpensive waterfront dining? Many of the beaches have grills and picnic tables. Head to Fort Zachary and cook up the goodies you bought at the market!

Try the upscale restaurants at lunch. If there’s an expensive restaurant that you are dying to try, see if they have a lunch menu. Often the prices are cheaper for the same items—usually in smaller portions.

Shop the discount stores. Beall’s Outlet often has souvenir t-shirts, and it’s a great place to shop for any hot-weather gear you may never wear again. The Dollar Tree is perfect for any toiletries or small items you many have forgotten, and Kmart has a nice selection of inexpensive snorkel gear and water toys.

Explore Cuban cuisine. Several Cuban restaurants like Denny’s in Key Largo and El Siboney, Sandy’s and Four Brother’s in Key West have delicious food at reasonable prices. Skip the Starbucks and get a cafĂ© con leche for half the price.

Take advantage of happy hour. Many of the restaurants and bars have amazing food and drink specials during happy hour. Have your fill, and then go watch the sunset for free at a park or Mallory Square.

Got any more money-saving tips? Share them in the comments below!


  1. Thanks for sharing this useful travel tips.

  2. If you need to leave your car at the airport for the duration of your trip, be sure to book your parking well in advance. Booking on the day is normally much more expensive

  3. I think the pressed cuban sandwiches at El Siboney are the best. Eating away from Duval is the most fun using bicycles to get there. The best recipes are tropical and cheap, so eating cuban style is the way to go in the Florida Keys.

    1. I agree! Some of the best eats can be found at the Cuban walk-up windows! Cuban Coffee Queen is one of my new faves.

    2. Love that diva in the picture

  4. This will definitely come in handy, thanks :)