When you experience Key West from the water, you'll gain a new perspective on its rich nautical history and diverse ecosystem. The island is surrounded by a palette of blues, and you’ll easily heed the call that has lured many a pirate to sea. In fact, you can even play pirate on the regal wooden schooners Jolly II Rover and Classic Harbor Line.
Looking for a more relaxing sail? Champagne sunset cruises abound, and connoisseurs will relish the wine tasting on Danger Charters. For the consummate romantic cruise, how does dinner on Islescapes' private yacht sound?
Get up close and personal with the wide variety of sea life on excursions such as the Dolphin Safari and Key West Extreme Adventures’ heart-pumping shark tour.
Active types will find a smorgasbord of recreational activities available. Day cruises like Sebago Watersports' Power Adventure include snorkeling, jet skiing, parasailing, kayaking and paddle-boarding. Barefoot Billy's two-hour Island Jet Ski Tour takes riders on a high-octane sightseeing circuit around Key West.
The ultimate day trip is on the Yankee Freedom II to the isolated Dry Tortugas National Park 70 miles from Key West. The shallow waters surrounding the islands are perfect for snorkeling, and a history lesson awaits amid the ruins of Fort Jefferson.
No matter which of these day cruises you choose, you’ll love Key West even more once you’ve found your “sea legs.”