If you’re looking for someplace new and exciting to visit while on vacation, check out Key West. It offers a wide range of activities whether you’re a natural adventurer, passionate foodie or like to spend vacations just working on your tan. The Florida Keys are a convenient destination, and Key West itself is readily accessible by plane, boat or car. It’s even a common cruise ship stop. Whether you have a few days or just a few hours, here are a few of the best-loved activities in Key West that keep travelers coming back again and again.
Family Fishing Trip
One of the top attractions in Key West is fishing, and even if you have never been fishing before, this is an activity that’s accessible to you when you book a fishing charter with All In Fishing Charters. These trips are often half-day excursions, and you can choose from deep water, wreck or reef fishing or plan your trip according to the kind of fish you’d like to catch. Because of its location, the Keys are a great place to fish as species seasonally move around the region, so there is always at least one kind of fish in season. Go out for tarpon, snapper, grouper and even bigger fish, and enter your catch in one of the ongoing fishing tournaments Key West is known for. You can even get the fish you catch packed up and take them with you so you can order the cook-your-catch menu option at one of the many local restaurants and get your fish prepared family-style.
Eaton Street Seafood Market and Restaurant
If you’re looking for a delicious seafood meal but don’t want the hassle of making reservations and getting dressed up on your vacation, Eaton Street Seafood Market and Restaurant makes it easy. This casual restaurant located in Old Town Key West doubles as a seafood market so if you’re in a rental where you can prepare your own meals and want to flex your culinary muscle, you can buy your fresh-caught seafood here, from the local experts. Otherwise, check out their solid menu of popular dishes that includes grilled lobster, fish tacos, and conch ceviche. House-made accompaniments ensure this is a meal you’ll savor whether you’re dining al fresco at Eaton Street or taking your order to-go. It’s the ideal lunch or dinner spot when returning from your sandbar charter, fishing charter or trip to Dry Tortugas.
If you want to really get a feel for local living in Key West, put a sandbar charter on your to-do list. This exciting tour takes you to one of the many local hotspots where the sandbar is big enough for a private party. Swim, sunbathe, and snorkel for hours under the South Florida sun. Bluetooth speakers on the boat allow you to play your favorite music, and the tour includes your snorkeling gear, water floats, beach chairs, and umbrellas, too. In most cases, you can bring your own lunch and beverages although some sandbar charter companies include specialty lunch options, too, like freshly prepared seafood.
One of the best ways to see Key West is with a bike tour. The island is pretty small so biking around is often quicker than traveling by car. Many hotels, resorts and even bed and breakfasts offer bicycles for loan or rent; you can also rent your bike as part of a tour package. Explore the hidden gems in Old Town Key West, check out landmarks like Southernmost Point and Fort Zachary Taylor, or skip the tour and just cruise up and down Duval Street where the boutique shopping
Dry Tortugas National Park
Among the most well-known locations for snorkeling in the U.S., Dry Tortugas is perfect for even the most inexperienced snorkeler to have an exciting time. The water is relatively shallow and extremely clear so visibility is consistently high. The underwater landscape is dotted with coral reefs, shipwrecks, and even abandoned wood pilings that are flush with all kinds of sea life. For those who prefer to stay on top of the water, there’s kayaking around the smaller islands of the park where shorebirds make their home, as well as a small beach for swimming, and a historic fort you can explore. In the past, the park has offered specialty programming like historic reenactments, stargazing events, and nighttime snorkeling, so check out the park’s schedule when booking your ticket on the ferry from Key West.
Once you make your first visit to Key West, you’ll be eager to return to this relaxed wonderland of natural beauty, friendly locals, and the best seafood you could hope for. These are just some of the engaging excursions you can book during your Key West vacation, and putting them all together ensures that you and your traveling companions will have enough memories to carry you through until your next trip to Key West.
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