Originally Posted by Jane.Joy
So I'm actually IN Key West now so I wanted to add to my previous comment. A SLIP in Key West is pretty pricey, but you can get a mooring from the city in Garrison Bight for about $300/month. From the gate-protected dinghy dock it is a bit more than a mile to Old Town and about the same distance to supermarkets, etc. in the other direction. Bus stop is right by the dinghy dock, and buses run about an hour apart.
The mooring ball rental in Marathon and Key West are the same on a month by month basis, $300. The Key West dinghy ride is a bit long although you can dinghy right downtown and there's a free dinghy dock there. To go shopping dinghy past the Garrison Bight dinghy dock to a small creek which is almost across the street from the local Winn-Dixie and Home Depot. Lots to see and do in Key West.