Best Key West Water Activities


Your vacation on an island isn’t complete without a Key West water activity!

When it comes to hot summer days in Key West, cooling off isn’t just an option.  It’s necessary!  Our 4×2 mile island has plenty of places to soak up the sun, but the real fun is out on the water. Vacation is the perfect time to experience an adventure you’ll never forget. It’s time to dive in and cool off with our list of the top 5 Key West water activities!

Scuba diving:

The 120-mile Florida Keys island chain is home to the continental United States’ only living-coral barrier reef.  With average visibility of 50-80 feet, you’re sure to spot sea turtles, sharks, plenty of fish, coral heads and much more.  Don’t miss the most popular diving destination in Key West, Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg sunk in 2009.  Don’t know how to scuba dive?  No problem!  Learn to scuba for a day or extend your vacation and become certified in 4 days.


You don’t need to be a certified scuba diver to enjoy the beauty of the coral reef!  A catamaran or sailboat charter provide you with snorkeling equipment, safety vests and swim noodles (if needed).  This Key West water activity is the perfect fit for any level, beginner to expert.  Best of all, cocktails are free on your ride back!

Jet Ski Tours:

We’ve heard it a million times, some tourists tend to think this “tour” doesn’t sound like much fun.  Well, we beg to differ and are pretty sure you’ll agree once you try it out.  This hour and a half tour encourages you to go fast: the faster you go, the smoother ride.  Your guide makes about 5 stops along the route to gather the group and point out unique views of the Southernmost Point, Key Haven and beautiful sand bars. Ladies, no need to ride as a passenger … get your own and feel the rush!

Kayaking or Paddleboarding:

The perfect Key West water activity for both couples and families!  Explore the mangroves and backcountry at your own pace.  Hop aboard a tour that takes you out near the wildlife refuge or go out on your own right from a marina in Stock Island.  The sights and sounds will have you relaxing and enjoying your Key West vacation in no time!

Sunset Sails:

Not a fan of being IN the water?  We hear ya – it’s not for everyone.  But you don’t have to miss out – enjoy the ocean views from the safety of catamaran or sailboat!  Choose from a variety of amenities including dinner cruises, wine tastings with appetizers, free cocktails and more.  And don’t forget your camera!  You’re sure to capture one of our famous Key West sunsets.

Whether you’re comfortable in the ocean or not, or you’re on vacation for 1 night or for a week, there are plenty of Key West water activities to for everyone.  Contact our concierge today to start planning the perfect activity for you!

Summer isn’t over yet!  Check availability or view the event calendar and start planning your next Key West vacation today.