If you're on a budget
, swing on the hook off Wisteria and pay the $80 a month for the dinghy
dock. Five minutes ride to Key West Bight and you're in the center of it all.
Garrison Bight is the next best bet, but there's a wait list for liveaboards - and it's not cheap.
Stock Island is your next best bet - but - with construction all over both Stock Island and Key West, you're looking at a half hour to 45 minutes to get from Stock Island to Old Town. My shop is on Stock Island and I live in Old Town, best commute is at dawn and it takes 15 minutes outbound against traffic.
Marathon? Fuggedaboutit. Hour and a half, maybe two hours during high season. It's 54 miles from mid Marathon to Key West at 30 MPH with gawkers taking pix on every bridge. No - I'm not making this up.
Oceanside Marina is the most reasonable (right now) but it is a bit removed. NAS Boca Chica is the absolute best deal, but you have to have put your time in the service
to get a spot there.
Nope - best deal is the hook about a quarter-mile off Mallory Square. Yes - it has its issues, but a good portion of the hospitality staff of Key West lives there and for good reason.