Going to the Florida Keys? Here are some visits to plan your trip
The Florida Keys are renowned for being one of the most stunning parts of Florida and one of the top destinations in the country. Florida is famous for its beach life and the Keys have beautiful seas and even more perfect beaches. But what else is there to do in the Florida Keys than laze on the beach? Even an ultimate 10-day trip to the Florida Keys might get a little boring if there aren’t any activities to do.
The Florida Keys are an archipelago of coral reefs and are the southernmost part of the continental United States. The westernmost of the islands is inhabited and at the other end is the uninhabited Dry Tortugas. The Florida Keys separate the Gulf of Mexico from the Atlantic Ocean and extend about 90 miles from Cuba.
Explore Dry Tortugas National Park
At the end of the Florida Keys is the Dry Tortugas National Park. It preserves seven breathtaking Dry Tortugas islands and most notably the historic and massive Fort Jefferson. The coral reefs on these islands are the least disturbed of the Florida Key reefs and are famous for their abundant marine life and scenic setting.
Also in the national park are legends of shipwrecks and sunken treasures and ghostly tails of the Civil War and the legacy of Caribbean pirates.
- Registered with UNSECO: Everglades and Dry Tortugas Biosphere Reserve Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1976
- Third largest American fort: Only Fort Monroe and Fort Adams are larger
Cost of the visit (including the ferry):
- Adult day trips: $190.00
- Child day trips: (4-16) $135.00
- Adult Travel Camping: $210.00
Some of the activities include exploring Fort Jefferson, snorkeling, bird watching, scuba diving, fishing, and kayaking. It is also possible to camp on the island near the fort and to get there you will have to take a ferry. Campsites operate on a first-come, first-served basis, but the National Park Service still guarantees a place to camp.
Navigate the Gulf
One of the main activities in the Florida Keys is sailing and Danger Charters is a travel company offering exciting sailing excursions. They offer a selection of sunset tours, day trips, and more.
Sail into the sunset on Danger Charter’s Wind & Wine Sunset Cruise while savoring fine wines (usually sides of 4 reds, 3 whites and a champenoise with Havarti Dill, Smoked Gouda and Summer Sausage, Caprese skewers, etc.), you’ll experience the spectacular Key West sunset while tasting fine wines, premium beers, and delicious appetizers. The cruise takes place on a 65ft bonito sailing schooner and offers a very romantic adventure ideal for couples.
- The boat: The Skipjack is a custom built schooner – Replica of the classic skipjack used by shipwrecks and fishermen of the Florida Keys in the 19th century
There are many other activities offered by Danger Charters. Choose from a range of activities such as scuba diving, kayaking, sailing, and more. Tours are half day, full day or private charter.
Shark and Eco-Wildlife Tours
Another option is to discover the magnificent marine wildlife around the Keys. Key West Extreme Adventures offers eco-tours to see sharks and other marine life. Their tours last two hours and the mighty sharks will be seen climbing up to the boat – lured by the smell. Watch them swarm and gorge on food tangled in the waters.
- Duration: Tours last 2 hours
- The main attraction: the Sharks
- Other fauna: Turtles, Rays, Seabirds, Dolphins
It’s not just sharks that can be seen, keep your eyes peeled for other forms of marine life like turtles, stingrays, birds and dolphins.
The boat captains have over 30 years of experience in the waters of the Florida Keys – so you’ll be in experienced and knowledgeable hands. The vessel is the “Tiger Cat” – a 34ft catamaran and the company claims to operate with sustainability and conversation in mind.
- Adults: $89.00
- Children: (6 years old – 16 years old) – $49.00
- Location: Pier B behind the Opal Key Resort
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