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Key West boat rentals and marina information

Key West boating

Key West boating is one of the best ways to experience the sites and scenery of Key West and the Florida Keys. With the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other, it's hard to resist. Whether it’s an offshore sports fishing trip, a sunset cruise, a catamaran snorkel adventure or a backcountry nature excursion, Key West boats make a unique and magical mode of transportation.

A boat charter can be found and arranged at most any Key West marina. Key West boats range from center consoles and flats boats to catamarans, sports fishing boats and mega yachts. Take a dolphin watching eco-tour or spend the day swimming and snorkeling among tropical fish and colorful coral. A relaxing sail aboard a state-of-the-art catamaran is a memorable way to witness the stunning FL Keys sunsets. Boating charters typically provide snorkel gear, beverages and other amenities.

Key West boat rentals are another option for adventurous visitors. Many Key West marinas offer runabouts and other types of boats for half and full day rental. This is a nice option because you won’t have to worry about finding public boat ramps. If you are trailering your own boat to the Keys, check with the local marinas to find the best public boat ramps.

The area surrounding the FL Keys is a National Marine Sanctuary, so be aware of speed and other laws and regulations if you are navigating a Key West boat on your own. Tidal channels in the Keys are not always well-marked, and water depths can go from very deep to very shallow very quickly. Charts, maps and other navigational equipment are highly recommended.

The best advice for boating in Key West is to sit back and enjoy the sun-kissed ambiance of turquoise tones, warm breezes and baby blue skies.

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