Looking for a little fun in the sun and sea? Key West is the perfect place to find it! With local businesses offering everything from fishing charters and sailing cruises to kayak rentals and snorkeling tours, you're sure to find some excitement on the water when you visit this exciting vacation destination on the majestic Straits of Florida.
Snorkel into Key West's most popular attractions: the reef and crystal blue waters surrounding our island paradise. For almost three decades visitors and locals alike have been choosing Fury Catamaran for snorkeling Key West's nearby reef. We recommend Fury Water Adventures; they can be reached at:
Local - 305-294-8899, Toll Free - 1-877-994-8898
Situated in the calm, crystal clear blue waters of the Straits of Florida, Key West's stunning coral reefs are easy to reach and teeming with life. Explore this fascinating underwater with a special snorkeling or scuba diving tour offered by one of the many local charters. Popular Dive sites include:
Vandenberg Wreck -
Venture in and out of the accessible compartments of this magnificently preserved underwater WWII era Navy ship. The Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg, at 524 feet long and 10 stories high, is the second largest artificial reef in the world! Enjoy schools of fish, barracuda, and small sharks as you investigate the ins and outs of this deep sea jungle gym. Located only 7 miles offshore in 140 feet of water, with top areas of the ship only 40 feet deep, the Vandenberg Wreck is definitely the best diving in Key West for all skill levels.
Alexander's Wreck -
Alexander's Wreck is a 300-foot US Navy destroyer escort that was purchased from the Navy to form an artificial reef. The remains of this ship now lie in 25 feet of water five miles west of Key West. Divers occasionally will find military artifacts, and deck guns from its past military use are still visible. The area is also a thriving center for ocean-life and is known for its population of protected Goliath Grouper.
Ten-Fathom Bar -
This is one of the few mini-wall dives in Florida. The wall begins at 25 feet and drops quickly down to 130 feet. The water is generally clear and full of porcupine fish, eagle rays spiny lobster, and colorful tropical fish. This is a popular location for diving in Key West, and the fish are so friendly that grouper tend to approach divers for treats!
Sunset Sailing Tours
No trip to Key West is complete without a glimpse of its magical sunsets from the water. Whether you're in the mood for a lively dinner cruise or simply want to toast aboard a private charter, You'll find a variety of ways to enjoy the end of the day in beautiful Key West.
Deep Sea fishing
Fishing is one of the most popular activities in the Florida Keys. The rich ocean waters are teeming with big-game fish and there are many charter companies in town all ready to take you out for an exciting day of sport fishing on the water. Bonefish, tarpon, and permit are favored inshore species; jacks, Spanish mackerel and barracuda also abound, especially in the winter months. Burly grouper and snapper haunt the reef areas while acrobatic dolphin fish (mahi-mahi), billfish, tuna, and wahoo cruise offshore.
Back Country Flats fishing
Hop aboard for a day of serene back country fishing on a flats skiff, where you'll glide through shallow waters and try your luck at catching local t tarpon which are found throughout the Florida Keys from February through October. The annual tarpon migration is from April through June where the tarpon come from the west predominantly across the flats. Or try for, bonefish and permit throughout the late summer and fall months, while barracuda and cobia visit in the winter and spring..
Kayaking & Paddle Boarding
Key West's calm waters and pristine mangrove forests are a perfect place to explore nature aboard a Kayak or paddleboard and many local businesses offer guided eco-tours or day rental rates so you can explore on your own.
Get a completely different view of Key West when you take a solo or group flight, soaring 600 feet above the water on a parachute from the deck of a parasailing cruiser. Several local adventure companies offer visitors the chance to see Key West from the air so don't miss out!
Dry Tortugas National Park & Fort Jefferson
This remote island, 100-square mile park is located nearly 70 miles off shore from Key West and is home to a pre-Civil War era fort all surrounded by majestic ocean waters filled with coral reefs, shipwrecks and local marine life. Accessible only by boat (Or by daily ferry service where you'll have a little over 4 hours to explore Fort Jefferson and enjoy the beachs.) seaplane, the park is known the world over for its marine life, pirate legends, and sheer unspoiled beauty.