Is the only way to get to the beach from the cruise ships the trolley or is there other local transportation?
We are going to Florida in May and will spend some time in Pompano /Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Daytona. When in Pompano I was told I should make a drive to Keywest as it is not to be missed. I am thinking of staying there one night at Marreros Guest mansion which is about 1 mile or so from Higgs Beach. It looks like this beach is nice for snorkelling but not as good as just swimming or enjoying the beach and clear water per se.
I would like to go for a short snorkel but thought that the package deals may be expensive but also take too much time as we only have the afternoon and then then the next day before driving another 4 hours + back to Pompano. You mentioned to buy snorkel gear at kmart so I'm guessing this is cheaper than trying to hire some form the beach stands / shops?
Also, after a snorkel, do you recommend any nearby beaches that have Caribbean like - beautiful clear water / sandy beaches? We will have a car with us if that makes a difference...
P.S. Do you recommend any restaurants or ones to avoid in Key west?