Student Budget Trip: Florida Keys

One of our most sought-after student trip locations, the Florida Keys, provides guests with all the beachside bliss they can handle, the popular string of tropical islands stretching 120 miles off of the southern tip of Florida.

Florida Keys

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With both the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico water access, this is one of the U.S' top destinations for fishing, boating, and snorkeling, plus essential Florida food and fun.

Of course, planning a trip to the Keys on your own may prove to be a costly task, especially if you aren't exactly sure what the budget-friendly side of the city has to offer. This blog will give you the low down on all that is affordable and fun in the Florida Keys, ensuring your student group will have an excellent time and not break the bank while doing so!


There are going to be an overwhelming amount of lodging options paving the way along the Florida Keys, many of them overpriced and probably not what your group is looking for, both budget-wise and amenity wise. Try these locations first, all great options for student groups! 

  • Campground: Kings Kamp - This is a great campsite for a more woodsy Florida Keys stay, plus it won't break your budget!
    Leo's Campground - Leo's is a beach-based campsite, allowing you to be fully immersed in your tropical surroundings!
  • Motel: Conch on Inn - Quaint, clean, and affordable, the Conch on Inn will give your group a quiet place to lay your head and recharge for the next day. ($99) 
  • Hotel: Coconut Palm Inn - This 3-star hotel will give your group all the beachy charm the Florida Keys is known for, just at a much more reasonable price! ($149)
  • Resort: Caloosa Cove - Beachfront resorts aren't always the cheapest, but this one is actually quite modest in price in comparison to others ($425-750) in the area. Enjoy all the normal resort amenities, but for a fraction of the cost within the lush 10 acre setting of Caloosa Cove. ($225)


  • Public Transportation -
    The City of Key West Department of Transportation offers regular rides around 6 major routes, from Key West and Stock Island to Marathon and the Lower Keys. The system runs from 5:30 am to midnight daily, and the Key West Transit/Shuttle can be utilized for 1 full day for $4, one full week for $8. 

Admission Charging Attractions

  • Theater of the Sea - $$
    A marine mammal park that immerses you in local sea life. 
  • Key West Aquarium - $
    Learn about and observe sea critters from Florida and around the world. 
  • Harry S Truman Little White House - $
    Discover Truman's winter home from his presidency and learn more about him and his impact on local culture. 
  • Snorkel and Scuba - $$-$$$
    As one of the most popular recreational activities in the area, you will have plenty of options for companies and prices with any scuba or snorkel adventure. We suggest trying Key Dives! 

Free Attractions

Southernmost Point Florida Keys

Southernmost Point Florida Keys Pixabay Public Domain

One of the most fantastic things about visiting the Florida Keys is the sheer amount of natural attractions around the area. With mostly outdoor adventures to be had, there aren't many major local attractions that actually charge admission!

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