Shimmering turquoise water. Endless coral reefs. Colorful architecture. Iconic attractions. Key West is truly an epic place to live or visit. Get out and explore all our region has to offer this summer with these ideas for summer fun.
Go Dolphin Watching
It doesn’t get any better than hanging out with dolphins off the Key West coast. Catch an up-close look at these convivial creatures in their natural habitat. A number of local companies offer guided tours. Believe us. It’s worth the cost. They know all the cool dolphin hangouts. Many tours even provide opportunities for snorkeling, and some even serve up meals and beverages. It’s an awesome time out on the water. Make it happen with your fam.
Snorkel Bahia Honda State Park
This slice of tropical paradise is a great spot for the young ones to hone their snorkeling skills in calm, shallow, and impossibly blue waters. If your crew is filled with snorkeling pros, consider a trip to Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary. It’s about 12 miles from Bahia Honda and the park offers daily snorkeling tours that take you straight to the reef, which is filled with marine life – turtles, brightly colored fish, rays, colossal sea stars, and coral in all sorts of hues.
Not into the snorkeling thing? Chilling at the beach is perfectly acceptable at Bahia Honda, too. With towering palms in every direction, the highly photogenic Old Bahia Honda Bridge in the distance, and those crazy blue waters we mentioned earlier, it’s just that epic.
Explore Key West Via Bike
With relatively low speed limits for cars, a bunch of bike paths, and lots and lots of sights to explore, navigating Key West via bike is the way to go. Be sure to check out Old Town Key West’s awesome architecture, relaxing beaches, and, of course, the iconic Southernmost Point. Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, the Key West Historic Seaport, and Mallory Square should also be on your list. If you don’t have your own bike, no worries. There are plenty of companies around town that’ll rent them to you.
Dry Tortugas National Park
This unreal gem about 70 miles west of Key West spans seven small islands and features one of the nation’s largest 19th-century forts. There’s all sorts of fun to be had here. Break out the kayak and explore the region’s rich wildlife and amazing coastal landscape. Check out the sprawling coral reefs with your snorkel gear. Or just kick back and enjoy the sights. Getting to Dry Tortugas requires some extra effort – you can only travel there via boat or seaplane – but it’s well worth it.
Jet Ski Adventure
There are few more thrilling ways to explore the deep blue Key West waters than on a Jet Ski. Take in the breathtaking coastal terrain, diverse marine life, and iconic Key West attractions from atop these high-speed machines. Unless your family is full of seasoned skiers, a tour is definitely the way to go. A number of different operators offer a number of different excursions. Do your research and get out on the water.
Explore More With StorQuest
Need a place for your bikes, surfboards, Jet Skis, or other gear between Key West adventures? StorQuest Self Storage on Calle Tres has your back. We have the self storage unit and features you need to keep your gear always at the ready, because you never know when adventure might call.