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How to Spend 1 Day in Key West

How to Spend 1 Day in Key West

From daiquiri-fueled parties to mangrove tunnels and coral reefs, Key West offers a lifetime of ways to kick back, explore nature, and enjoy some island sunshine. But since Key West highlights are often just a stone’s throw apart, you can take in the scene even if your time is limited. Here’s how to make the most out of one day in Key West.


Morning: Explore the Conch Republic

Check out the key areas of Key West, where Front Street bars lead to the waterfront and historic neighborhoods, on a flexible morning of exploring. Leaving your car parked saves you the considerable hassle of finding parking on narrow streets, and a hop-on, hop-off bus tour or trolley tour is an appealing alternative to fighting traffic. Since buses and trams are both open-sided, you can enjoy the sea breeze and snap photos of key landmarks as you cruise by.  

 

Afternoon: Sun, Sea, and Sand

Some of Key West’s most memorable experiences aren’t on land at all, so it’s worth leaving the island behind for some time at sea. Once you’re on the water, you’ll see dolphins, vibrant coral reefs, and mangroves that are home to colorful birds. Checking out the natural world in Key West can be as active or as laid-back as you want, with options that include guided paddling tours, snorkeling trips, and glass-bottom cruises to the coral reefs just offshore. For something that takes in the coast with a side of adrenaline, Jet Ski tours and parasailing are gorgeous ways to get your heart racing.

 

Night: Catch a Tropical Sunset

Catching the sunset in Key West is one of the island’s don’t-miss experiences—and locals and visitors alike make it an excuse to celebrate another day in the islands. Book early if you’re hoping to snag a spot on one of the sunset cruises that ply the shoreline, since the most popular boats can fill up well in advance. There are lots to choose from, and options range from party boats with free-flowing cocktails to schooner cruises where you can unwind to the sound of wind and waves.

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Key West Sunset Sail with Full Bar, Live Music & Hors D'oeuvres

Key West Sunset Sail with Full Bar, Live Music & Hors D'oeuvres

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Watch the sun set and the moon rise off the coast of Key West on this sunset cruise. Enjoy the scenery and peaceful calm of a late afternoon sail aboard a 70-foot catamaran with plenty of deck space to stretch out and enjoy the breathtaking view. Then watch a legendary Key West sunset as the sun glistens and gently settles into the water. Hearty appetizers plus champagne, wine, full liquor bar, ice-cold beer and soft drinks are included.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$63.00
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Key West Sunset Cruise with Live Island Music

Key West Sunset Cruise with Live Island Music

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Jam to island beats by live musicians, eat, drink, and watch the sunset on this classic party cruise from Key West. Unlimited drinks and appetizers included; multiple departure times available to suit your schedule.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$63.00
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Key West Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour

Key West Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour

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Explore the best that Key West has to offer on this narrated, hop-on hop-off trolley tour. Visit more than 100 points of interest among Key West’s top attractions, with an expert guide who takes you through the history of the city. Select from an unlimited 1- or 2-day pass to suit your schedule.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$47.20
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Key West Sunset Dinner Cruise with Tropical Buffet

Key West Sunset Dinner Cruise with Tropical Buffet

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Watch Key West's sunset — a main island attraction — on an evening dinner cruise. Feast on a tropical-themed buffet dinner and sip provided cocktails, beer, wine, and soft drinks as you take in views of the sea, the waterfront, and the sky's warm glow. Live music provides a festive atmosphere, and a cash bar is also available for premium drinks.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$67.65
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Key West Sunset Sail Aboard Schooner

Key West Sunset Sail Aboard Schooner

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Set sail on a replica of the 1851 Schooner America on a cruise from Key West. See the top sights of the city, including Fort Zachary, Mallory Square, and Sand Key Lighthouse from a unique perspective. Your cruise is accompanied by complimentary hors d’oeuvres along with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Allow yourself to truly unwind as the sun sinks into the Atlantic Ocean.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$103.20
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Key West Florida Reef Half-Day Snorkeling Excursion

Key West Florida Reef Half-Day Snorkeling Excursion

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Enjoy an afternoon of swimming and snorkeling on this cruise off the coast of Key West. Spend a relaxing afternoon on a 69-foot catamaran headed to North America's only living coral barrier reef for the adventure of a lifetime. Pass some of Key West’s top attractions on the way, then dive right in to see more than 600 species of colorful fish, coral, and other sea life. This cruise includes professional snorkeling gear and instruction plus beer, wine, and soft drinks.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.95
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Adults only Champagne Celebration Sunset Cruise from Key West

Adults only Champagne Celebration Sunset Cruise from Key West

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Escape to the still waters off the coast of Key West on this adults-only sunset champagne cruise. Enjoy the peaceful calm of a late afternoon sail on a comfortable catamaran limited to just 14 passengers. Enjoy house champagne, red or white wine, ice-cold beer, a soft drink or bottled spring water, and a gourmet cheese buffet. Then watch as the sun glistens and gently settles into the water, a perfect ending to a perfect cruise.
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  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$79.49
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Key West Mangrove Kayak Eco Tour

Key West Mangrove Kayak Eco Tour

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Paddle a kayak through mangrove creeks and shallow water on a Key West kayaking tour that offers an up-close look that this unique coastal environment. This guided tour is the perfect way to spot Florida wildlife in a natural habitat.
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  • 2 hours
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$50.00
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Key West Glass-Bottom Boat Tour with Sunset Option

Key West Glass-Bottom Boat Tour with Sunset Option

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For the aquatic adventure of a lifetime, take this cruise to North America's only living coral barrier reef. No need to go scuba diving or snorkeling for this great view — from the deck of a glass-bottom catamaran boat, see more than 600 species of tropical fish, sharks, turtles, lobsters and crabs, plus colorful coral and a vast collection of other sea life. Upgrade to a sunset cruise to enjoy Champagne and soft drinks as the sun settles into the Gulf of Mexico.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.77
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Key West Dolphin Watch and Snorkel Cruise

Key West Dolphin Watch and Snorkel Cruise

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Get ready for fun in the sun on this dolphin watch and snorkeling adventure off the coast of Key West. Cruise away from the island city of Key West and see dolphins swimming alongside the boat, then jump in for a shallow-water snorkel at the Key West National Wildlife Refuge with many different species of marine life. Relax, feel the warm sea breeze and select from a variety of refreshing beverages on board the boat.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$68.00
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Parasailing in Key West with Professional Guide

Parasailing in Key West with Professional Guide

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Get a bird’s-eye view of Key West from high above the crystal blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean on this parasailing tour. Experience the thrill of flying while watching the bustling activity along the coastline and the abundance of marine life below. See dolphins, turtles, fish, and more from 300 feet in the air. Enjoy gentle, dry takeoffs and landings.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.95
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Ultimate Jet Ski Tour of Key West

Ultimate Jet Ski Tour of Key West

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Experience Key West’s tropical blue waterways on this Jet Ski tour along the Atlantic Ocean and/or the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy panoramic island views and watch for dolphins, stingrays, sea turtles, manatees and more while gliding over warm ocean water. Bring a waterproof camera to capture this southernmost point in the continental United States.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$149.00
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Key West Conch Tour Train

Key West Conch Tour Train

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Explore the best that Key West has to offer on this narrated, Conch Tour Train excursion. Visit Key West’s top attractions and learn about the Conch Republic’s history and residents, past and present. See where Ernest Hemingway used to hang out and find out why Harry Truman used to spend so much time here. Get to know Old Town Key West, from the Front Street Depot to Mallory Square and everything in between, including live onboard commentary from a professional tour conductor. It’s Key West’s original sightseeing tour.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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