Sports and Outdoors
The Florida Keys have nine Florida Park Service units, including John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and Key Largo Hammock State Botanical Site on Key Largo, Windley Key State Geologic Site in the Upper Keys, Indian Key State Historic Site and Lignumvitae Key State Botanical Site in the Matecumbe Keys, Long Key State Recreation Area at Layton, Bahia Honda State Park on Bahia Honda Key, Shell Key State Preserve in the Lower Keys, and Fort Zachery Taylor State Historic Site at Key West. The parks are managed to preserve and protect land or areas that represent 'Original Natural Florida," (i.e. before the first Europeans arrived) while allowing only compatible recreation. Public access to Shell Key is prohibited, and access to Windley Key is by appointment only.
by Jeff Ripple, author, The Florida Keys - The Natural Wonders of an Island Paradise.
Bird Watching - Dry Tortugas
Located about 70 miles off the west coast of Key West is the Dry Tortugas, an island chain named for the heavy population of sea turtles who called it home when discovered in the 1500s. The island chain is now home to an abandoned military installation, an automated lighthouse, a National Park, and a diverse population of birds.
Rarely interrupted by man or machine, people vacationing in Key West have also enjoyed the National Park for its spectacular bird watching. Because the island chain is a protected area isolated from any population centers, the birds are able to fly around, nest, and play without any fear of being hunted or disturbed...read more »
Key West Boat Rental
Snorkeling and Scuba Diving
A variety of rental choices from pontoon cruisers to larger center consol fishing boats
Galleon Marina, Front St.
(305) 295-8748 or (305) 292-7745
Jet Ski Key West
Offers hourly rentals as well as half day guided tours that explore the beautiful backcountry of the Florida Keys
Historic Seaport at the end
of Williams St.
Flats and Back Country Fishing
Blue Water Charters
201 Front St.,
Hilton Resort and Marina
Historic Seaport off Caroline St.
Schooner Western Union
Historic Seaport at William St.
700 Front St. (A&B Marino)
Historic Seaport at the end of William St.
Galleon Resort - 617 Front Street