The Top 10 List of Things to do in Key West, Florida
Key West Coral Reefs / Key West Diving
Key West and the Florida Key's are the home to the worlds third largest collection of coral formations encompassing a series of over six thousand formations. It features many shallow water coral colonies that comprise some of the best snorkeling and Key West diving opportunities to be found anywhere.
Many of the living formations are over hundreds of years old and play host to a thriving diversity of aquatic life. You may want to consider purchasing an inexpensive waterproof camera that are specifically designed for taking underwater snap shots. There are a huge number of charter companies that specialize in snorkeling and diving trips out to reefs. When planning your next vacation in Key West be sure and include a trip out to the reefs. The Key West fish charters and dive charters are located just a stone skip away from out Key West lodging.
Key West Backcountry Tours
The surrounding Key West area is home to many remote pristine beaches and lush tropical exotic islands. Fortunately there are a large number of companies that specialize in accessing and exploring these beautiful remote areas. One of the best ways to experience firsthand these islands is by taking a Key West Eco Tour. Many of the Key West charter companies will have this as one of your options. Kayaks are able to maneuver the many shallow estuaries that you will encounter will touring these remote areas.
Most outfitters will also give you the option to snorkel and swim while touring the islands. While snorkeling at our Key West resort is a great option, nothing will rival the beauty of some of these more remote locations.
Key West Bars / Key West Nightlife
Key West is famous for it's unique atmosphere when it comes to it's bars and night life scene. Key West is rich in history and many of the Key West bars date back to when the island paradise was not a world famous tourist destination.
One of the famous Key West bars that is a must see is Sloppy Joe's. Sloppy Joe's just oozes history and days long gone by. It was the favorite hangout for the famous writer, Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway was a best friend of Sloppy Joe's founder, Joe Russell, a legendary rum runner and charter boat captain. It was none other than Hemingway himself that convinced Joe to name his bar Sloppy Joe's.
Key West Smather's Beach
Located right next door (steps away) from our Key West accommodation rental is the largest and best beach in Key West, Smathers Beach. Smathers offers every watersport activity that you can think of.
There are numerous rental companies that offer rentals for jet skiing, sail boating, wind surfing, snorkeling, parasailing, and kayaking. They also have private charters, sunset cruises and boat rentals available. There are many huts that offer food and beverages and beach umbrellas and beach chairs. One thing is for sure, you will never get bored at Smathers Beach.
Key West Fishing Charters
Key West, Florida is known for having some of the best fishing in the entire world. The warm waters of the gulf combine with the rich Atlantic waters to form one of the most ideal locations for an amazing diversity of fishing opportunities. It doesn't matter if you're a fishing expert or novice. There are many Key West fishing charters to choose from, and many will specialize in a certain species of fish.
The Key's have long been known for it's shallow water flats fishing where many of the fish are spotted by sight and then stalked. Anyone series about fly fishing has almost certainly spent some time in the Key's chasing the elusive bone fish. On the Atlantic side of the island there is world class deep water offshore fishing that's just a short boat ride away.
You can't throw a rock in Key West without hitting a charter boat captain, so you will have hundreds of options to choose from when deciding on a Key West fishing charter boat. Prices and fishing options can vary quite a bit so make sure you do your homework before heading to fish Key West.
Key West Sunset Cruises
No Key West vacation would be complete with out taking the time to set sail on one of the many Key West sunset cruise ships that are abundant in Key West. Your options are almost unlimited when deciding to choose which type of Key West cruise to go with.
You can choose between a Key West dinner cruise, Key West party boats or one of the sleek and modern vessels such as a historic replica of a 19th century schooner. Prices will vary depending on how elaborate of a trip you decide to go with.
Key West Dolphin Encounters / Key West Echo Tours
In the last few years Key West Echo Tours and Key West Dolphin Encounter Tours have become increasingly popular in Key West. There are many Key West charters boats that specialize in taking you out on the ocean to view dolphins and marine creatures in the natural habitat. Many of these Key West eco tours will let you snorkel the reef as part of your marine experience.
Some Key West charter boat outfitters will even have glass bottom boats that can really enhance your adventure. Prices will vary quite a bit based on your preferences and amenities you choose. Do your home work.
Key West Conch Train Tours
Since 1958 the conch train has been escorting tourists around the island of Key West. The tours is a great way to see the island up close and learn about it's rich history and folklore. The tours will give you great ideas on where to shop and which bars and restaurants you will need to visit to enhance your Key West experience. The tour is a relaxing way to see Key West and it usually lasts about 90 minutes. They also have boarding point that is very close to your Key West vacation weekly rentals condo.
When you vacation in Key West you will find there are loads of popular Key West attractions. There is something to offer for just about everyone. Many vacationers are more than satisfied to sit on the beach and enjoy the spectacular weather and panoramic ocean views. The Key West restaurants and Key West night life alone keep many or our Key West rental guests coming back for more. If you're the more adventurous type there is also an abundance of activities to make your trip a blast!
Key West is king when it comes to water sports. There are fantastic Key West scuba diving and Key West snorkeling adventures. There are numerous Key West reefs, shipwrecks and back country areas that can be explored. The Key's is also famous for it's world class fishing, including the best flats fishing (bonefish) on the planet and it's abundant Key West deep sea fishing opportunities.
Other popular activities include Key West kayaking in the remote mangroves and shallow back water areas. There are a large number of Key West charter boat companies to take you fishing or on a Key West eco tour or Key West dolphin encounter adventure.
Make sure when you plan your vacation in Key West to include any one of the Key West sunset cruises or Key West dinner cruises. Key West dolphin encounters have also gained in popularity in the last few years and are well worth the effort. The island has some incredible scenery for those tourists who may decide on a Key West boating excursion or a Key West Jet ski rental.
On the quieter side of things to do on this island paradise would be to tour the island with a Key West bike rental, that is in my opinion the only way to see island. There is also golfing in Key West at the fantastic Key West Golf Club, a golf course designed by world famous golf course architect, Reese Jones. A great resource to check out when traveling would be the popular website expedia.
TheTop Ten Things to do in Key West Fl & Key West Attractions
Key West Dry Tortugas & Fort Jefferson
The Dry Tourtugas National Park is a group of seven beautiful remote tropical
islands that are located approximately 70 miles due west of Key West, Florida.
The islands are known for their exquisite beauty, sparkling sand beaches,
exotic birds, and it's abundant diverse marine life. We highly recommend
that while staying at our Key West accommodation on the beach that you
take the time to go see these incredible islands.
The islands have a storied history of pirate folklore including sunken ships laden with riches and buried treasure. The waters surrounding the Tortugas are some of the best in the world for snorkeling and exploring coral formations and reefs. The main island is the location of historic Fort Jefferson which comprises the Dry Tortugas National Park. There are a variety of activities to be found at the Tortugas and numerous charter companies that make daily trips to the islands. The Sunny Days catamaran and Yankee Freedom catamaran are the two most popular high speed boats that make daily trips to the remote islands.
Make sure you also check out the Green Parrot, Hoggs Breath Saloon and Captain Tony's. You will want to check out any of the female impersonators Key West is famous for. Most of them are fantastic entertainers.
Key West Mallory Square
Key West's Mallory square is at the epicenter of Key Wests historic water front. Mallory Square is famous for it's nightly sunset festival. Thousands of people flock to the Square to watch the beautiful sunset and take part in the many attractions that this location has to offer. The Mallory is legendary for it's many street performers and psychics who perform on a nightly basis. Most of the performers are just incredible.
The Square also features many arts and crafts (shopaholics you have been warned!) vendors along with numerous food and beverage vendors. The Mallory Square sunset celebration is the circus and county fair all wrapped up into one package. It's definitely a must see!
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