With warm weather and gorgeous water as far as the eye can see, Key West is a natural destination for adventure lovers. Whether it’s zooming around the island on a jet ski or camping under the stars 70 miles offshore at the Dry Tortugas, there’s an outwards bound activity for every adventure lover.
With the world’s third largest barrier reef just seven miles offshore, snorkeling is the ultimate Key West activity for adventure lovers. Expect a canyon-like reef in 20 feet of crystal clear water teeming with subtropical marine life like yellowtail snapper, parrotfish, damselfish and loggerhead sea turtles. Fury Water Adventures departs three times daily to snorkel the reef, in addition to a wealth of combo trips that include snorkeling. This NOAA Blue Star operator has also partnered with Mote Marine Laboratory on intensive reef restoration projects ensuring that the natural beauty of Key West’s coral reefs will be preserved through the ages.
For a high-octane adventure, consider a 28-mile Jet Ski tour around the island complete with plenty of time to make waves in open water. These powerful machines zip through the water at top speeds for an adrenaline-pumping experience and an incredible way to see the island and its sights. Trips depart throughout the day at the Westin Marina, Galleon Marina, Marriott Beachside Hotel, Hyatt Centric Resort and Margaritaville Resort & Marina with Fury Water Adventures.
Go 70 Miles Farther Offshore
In Key West, you’re already 150 miles from mainland Florida and closer to Cuba than Miami, but did you know you can get even more remote? Schedule a day trip to Fort Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas National Park 70 miles west of Key West with Yankee Freedom III. You’ll traverse unspoiled aqua-green waters and multiple uninhabited mangrove islands on your journey to arrive at stunning Fort Jefferson. Tour this fascinating Civil War fort and snorkel in its crystal clear waters.
For the truly intrepid adventurer lover, you can even choose to camp overnight at Dry Tortugas. It takes some advance planning because there are no food vendors (or fresh water) on the island with its primitive campgrounds. For those up to the challenge, it’s an incredible experience and the stars at night are unreal. Yankee Freedom III can assist in arranging your overnight camping adventure and reserve your spot on their fast cat to and from the fort.
Self-Guided Bike Tour
The best way to traverse Key West’s charming historic Old Town is by bicycle. Many guesthouses offer bike rentals and Fury bike delivery, so it’s easy to hop on two wheels to set out and explore. Grab a map of the island, but plan on getting lost down charming streets lined with pastel conch cottages, bright riots of bougainvillea and tall palm trees swaying in the breeze. There’s so much to discover beyond Duval Street in this island paradise.
With Key West’s tranquil, shallow waters and plenty of marine life to discover, standup paddleboarding is an ideal recreational activity for adventure lovers and a great core workout that will improve your strength and balance. Visit Key West Eco Tours on Geiger Key for a guided tour through the mangroves in your choice of a kayak or a paddleboard. If you book a tour, a complimentary shuttle will pick you up from your location.
Key West, with both deep sea and flats fishing galore, is a world-renowned paradise for anglers. No matter what kind of day on the water you’re looking for, there’s a fishing guide on the island who can make it happen. Head to Charter Boat Row to inquire about full and half day fishing charters or speak with your concierge to make arrangements.