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Naval Air Station Key West Relocation Information



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Welcome to NAS Key West!

Naval Air Station Key West, FL, is the U.S. Navy's premier training station for tactical aviation squadrons. The location is known for its great weather and air space. Also located at the air station is the Naval Atlantic Meteorology and Oceanography Detachment. This detachment provides forecasting services seven days a week from 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. However, forecasting services become available around the clock if weather conditions warrant. 



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NAS Key West has a unique history dating back to 1823 when it served to stop pirates like Blackbeard and Captain John Kidd from pirating wealthy merchant ships in the area.

Frequently Asked Questions About NAS Key West


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1. How many people are stationed at NAS Key West?  


There are approximately 5,200 servicemembers, families, foreign dignitaries, civilian employees, and retirees located at NAS Key West.


2 Which of the Florida Keys is the NAS located on?  


NAS Key West is located on Boca Chica Key. It is the second to last major island in the Keys.  


3. How far is Key West from Miami? 


Key West is approximately 163 miles southwest of Miami, Florida.


4. What is Key West known for?  


Key West is known for its size, as it’s merely four miles long and two miles wide. It’s also the southernmost city in the continental U.S.


5. What is the zip code for NAS Key West? 


The zip code for NAS Key West  is 33040.


6.  What is BAH for NAS Key West? 


The BAH for NAS Key West ranges from $3,654 for E-1 to $4,959 for E-9 with dependents, and $3,879 for O-1 to $6,036 for O-7 with dependents. See housing section for more info.


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Base Location and Information

Official Site: Naval Air Station Key West



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NAS Key West is located in Boca Chica Key—the second to last major island in the Florida Keys. However, the naval station has a couple of annexes on Key West, a ten-minute drive from the base.  

While you’ll find gorgeous reefs and explore ocean life at the sanctuary, Islamorada, Marathon, and Key West serve as the best places to cast a line and catch fish. Miami sits 163 miles northeast of NAS Key West and is about an hour flight or three and a half-hour drive from Boca Chica, making it a fun destination for a weekend getaway trip.


Fun Fact: NAS Key West is located within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. 




As a state with one of the highest numbers of military installations, you’ll find a handful of military installations within a short drive from NAS Key West. 


Nearby military installations: 

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Arrival Lodging



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The Navy Lodge Key West accommodates incoming servicemembers and their families.


NAS Key West

Arthur Sawyer Road Bldg. V-4114

Key West, FL 33040



Phone: (305) 292-7556 


NAS Key West Housing


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On-base housing at NAS Key West is privatized and managed by Balfour Beatty Communities. Balfour Beatty offers four neighborhoods, playgrounds, basketball courts, and a community house complete with a playroom. Key West shopping and dining hot spots are a short drive from home when you live on base.


NAS Key West Housing Leasing and Community Management info:

800 Sigsbee Road, Bldg. V-4059

Key West FL 33040



Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

NAS Key West Off-Base Housing

Homes for sale and houses for rent near NAS Key West - NAS Key West Homes



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The cost of living in Key West is higher than the state's average. The price of homes is on the rise and averages $923,286 as of January 2022. 


Base Search: 

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NAS Key West BAH Information

The Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) is a U.S.-based allowance determined by geographic duty location, pay grade, and dependency status. It provides uniformed service members compensation based on housing costs in local civilian housing markets when government quarters are not provided. Learn more about your Basic Allowance for Housing.

NAS Key West is in Key West, FL with options to buy or rent. Some sample NAS Key West BAH rates for zip code 33040:


  • E-1 with dependents: $3,654
  • E-1 without dependents: $2,877
  • E-9 with dependents: $4,959
  • E-9 without dependents: $3,996
  • O-1 with dependents: $3,879
  • O-1 without dependents: $3,468
  • O-7 with dependents: $6,036
  • O-7 without dependents: $4,842

Area Weather & Climate


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What Key West lacks in seasons, it makes up for it with perfect, beautiful days all year round. The temperature typically rests at 75 to 80 degrees, and throughout the year, you’ll have periods of rain that last for a few minutes while passing through.


The biggest concerns in the Key West area are frequent flooding and hurricanes. Hurricane season stretches from June 1 through November 30. Learn more about hurricane preparedness here

NAS Key West Area Schools


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There are no schools located at NAS Key West. Families who live on or near the base will fall within the Monroe County Public School District. Get more info: Monroe County School District.


School Liaison Officer Contact Information: 

  • Sigsbee Community Center, Bldg. V-4205
  • Phone: 305-437-2633

Get information about private schools near NAS Key West: Private School ReviewHomeschooling families can learn how to comply with the Florida State Department of Education regarding students instructed at home.

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Support for Military & Families


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There are handful of higher education opportunities in the area, along with many volunteer programs to connect with. While the national unemployment rate sits at 4%, Key West is a little lower at 2.1% as of December 2021.

Higher education near NAS Key West: 

Some of the area’s top employers:

  • Monroe County School Board
  • U. S. Navy
  • Home Depot

Looking to volunteer? Try these organizations:

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Things to Do Near NAS Key West



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You’ll find lots of fun activities to keep you busy in the shining Florida sun. Snorkeling, kayaking, swimming, and fishing are a few of the favorites, and when you’re ready to grab a bite to eat or head inside, start with these local hot spots.


Harpoon Harry’s: Classic diner offering delicious breakfast plus a full-size bar and liquor store. 


Alonzo’s Oyster Bar: Tasty fish house located right on the water, offering all of your favorite seafood delicacies.  


Lazy Dog Kayak Rentals: Venture out on a kayak by yourself or sign up for one of the Key West eco-tour starting at $55.


Navigators Bar at Key West Marina: Full-size bar and Fly Away Cafe conveniently located on the water and right on base.


Geiger Key Marina: Campground, marina, and restaurant offer a fun, on-the-water atmosphere and serve fish plates, conch fritters, Carolina pulled pork, and more. 


Hanks Key West: Dog-friendly saloon serving a killer happy hour, Garbor’s food truck, and live music.


Hemingway Home: The home where Ernest Hemingway crafted many of his outstanding novels. The museum is open daily for walk-ins. 


Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum:  Ever wonder how Key West became the wealthiest city in the world in 1856? Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum has the answer to this and a 65-foot lookout tour.


Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory: Home to lush plants, vibrant birds, and over 50 species of butterflies from around the world.


Cuban Coffee QueenA favorite for locals. Along with a soul-warming cup of Cafe con Leche, they serve Cuban sandwiches, smoothies, and desserts.

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Base Address:

PO BOX 9037
Key West , 33040-9037