The Florida Keys are a coral cay archipelago of tropical islands. They form about 120 miles of the southernmost portion of the country between the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. With warm temperatures and sunny weather year round, they Keys are the perfect vacation destination anytime.
Key West is home to the third-largest barrier reef in the world. Adrenaline-seekers will find plenty of water adventures to embark on. Some of the famous water sport activities include scuba diving with living coral, snorkeling among vibrant marine species, and kayaking on calm waters.
Key West is also home to some of the best beaches in Florida. Many are located on the south side of the island facing the Atlantic Ocean.
When people think of Key West, crystal clear waters and beautiful beaches usually come to mind. There is no better way to experience life under their waters than on a snorkeling tour. It is the location of some of the best snorkeling sites in the world. For pristine snorkeling, take the ferry to Dry Tortugas National Park. Explore the wrecks, array of sea life, and patchy reef system surrounding the islands of the national park.
Go fishing out in the open ocean on a deep-sea fishing tour. Key West is a world-renowned paradise for anglers. Spike your adrenaline as you encounter big game species and fight hard. The best places to start looking for fish are by rocks, reefs, and wrecks.
Kayaking is one of the best ways to explore Key West. It’s a natural active adventure sport on the island. Embark on a guided kayak tour with Lazy Dog. Explore the shallow, calm, clear waters of the back country of Key West. You will have the opportunity to learn about the geological structure of the Keys, along with its wildlife.
Go for a dive with Dive Key West — the largest full-service dive facility in the Keys — and explore the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, which is home to the third-largest barrier reef in the world. Go on a coral reef dive — inner reef, outer reef, or night dive — to view plenty of marine life and beautiful coral formations.
Embark on the adrenaline rush of a lifetime by going skydiving in Key West. Capture views of the spectacular Florida Keys, the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean, and tons of gorgeous reefs. Skydive Florida Keys specializes in first-time jumps and takes pride in its impeccable safety record; the company uses the very best equipment available.
If you’re a thrill-seeker who has always wondered what it would be like to fly, look no further than a parasailing adventure in Key West. Soar above Key West for some of the most spectacular views of the island. Look out at the stunning horizon and down at the playful dolphins and rays in the clear waters below.
Biking around Key West is one of the best ways to explore the island. Key Lime Bike Tours takes you to top destinations like Ernest Hemingway’s house and Key West’s historic seaport. You will have the chance to travel down quiet, fruit-laced streets, learn about history, and even bike over to Jilly Buffett’s famous island — the inspiration for his hit song “Margaritaville.”
With Key West’s shallow and tranquil waters and tons of marine life to encounter, standup paddleboarding is the ultimate recreational activity. SUP Key West gives you the opportunity to view tons of wildlife like birds, pelicans, fish, small sharks and dolphins, just to name a few. A review on TripAdvisor said: “Fantastic adventure!! The only paddle boarding tour that goes through the mangrove trees. It's like nothing else that you'll ever do in your life! So much to see and discover.”
Dry Tortugas National Park is only accessible by boat or seaplane, and it consists of some of the best beaches in the country. It is best known for its coral reefs, beautiful turquoise waters, and famous Fort Jefferson. Divers, history buffs, and nature enthusiasts love this park. Go on a boat tour, or learn about nature by visiting the Key West Butterfly Conservatory.