Warm waters all year long make for endless adventures.
With clear waters and tropical temperatures, you’ll find year-round opportunities to scuba dive, snorkel, parasail, jet ski, sail, kayak, kite surf, paddle board, fish…
No trip to Key West is complete without doing some underwater sight-seeing. Beneath the surface of our crystal blue waters are some amazing sights, like the only living coral reef in the continental US, several famous sunken ships, vibrantly colored tropical fish, lush coral gardens and fascinating plant life. There’s a whole world waiting to meet you under the blue waves, so grab your gear and dive in!
In 2009, a 1944 WWII warship was purposefully sunk, creating the world’s 2nd largest artificial reef – and making one of the world’s best dive sites. Swim with tropical fish, sea turtles, dolphins, and even a shark or two, as you navigate this deep-sea jungle-gym. Perfect for all skill levels, the USS Vandenberg sits 7 miles offshore. At its deepest, the ship sits in 140 feet of water while the top areas of the ship are in waters only 40 feet deep.
Alexander’s Wreck is a 300-foot Navy Destroyer escort which sank in 1972. The USS Amesbury was intended to serve as an artificial reef; however, she sank while en route to her planned destination. The Amesbury has become a home for an abundance of marine life. A popular and easy dive, this site offers a variety of aquatic life and the chance to explore deck guns and military artifacts.
Ten-Fathom Bar is one of the most dramatic dive sites in Key West. The drop begins at 25 feet and quickly drops to 130 feet, with the different depths showcasing a variety of marine life. The strong Gulf current around the drop off creates superb visibility, so have your waterproof camera ready – you’ll want to photograph the rare black coral and the giant, human-sized barrel sponges. The fish know this is a popular destination, so don’t be surprised if a friendly grouper approaches you for a treat!
Swim with Dolphins
The highly trained staff at the Dolphin Research Center on Grassy Key will guide you through your dolphin encounter. You can choose your level of interaction with the dolphins, ranging from a structured swim to swimming with them in their natural habitat.
Key West Fishing
Key West is known as a world-class fishing destination for good reason. Offering diverse options for both inshore and offshore fishing, you’ll have your choice of expert fishing guides and captains. An abundance of fish calls the Keys home, with tarpon, permit, and bonefish being the three major sport fish in the area.
Flats fishing in Key West is legendary and you should definitely try this! Where mere inches of water stand between you and your finned prey, stealth is the name of the game. Prepare yourself for a fun and challenging day as you cast your line, watching the fish swim by before you catch them.
Home to the largest living reef in the Continental United States, and third largest in the world, the waters of Key West have an abundance of impressive bottom dwellers. You’ll have non-stop fishing action as you drop your line and reel in grouper, snapper, mackerel, jacks, cobia, and other species from these bountiful waters.
Big Game Fishing
Skip your morning run and eat a hearty breakfast because you’ll be getting your workout by going head to head with big game fish. They always put up a fight and it makes for an exhilarating day. Marlin, sailfish and swordfish are ready to make you work for them, while the tuna, mahi-mahi, kingfish, wahoo and sharks are all determined to take your bait and swim away.
See Key West in a way usually reserved for only the birds. Delight in unparalleled panoramic views of the entire island while simultaneously seeing both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Gentle take-offs and landings ensure this is tranquil glide where you can fly solo or with family members or friends.
Whether you take a guided tour from our local experts or venture off on your own, you’re in for a real treat as you race from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico and back again. Stop at a sandbar and take a quick dip. Delight in a chance encounter with a friendly dolphin. Now you can explore Key West the way it was meant to be seen – from the water.
Boats of All Sizes
A vacation in Key West isn’t complete without a day on the ocean. Create your own adventure with boat rentals and private boat charters. Spend your day sunning and relaxing on a sandbar, exploring the marine life of our spectacular reefs, casting lines for your next great fish tale, or just sitting out on the open sea to see what exploits may await. Whatever you decide, there’s a boat waiting for you.
Explore Vibrant Key West
There’s always something to do in our historic paradise.