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Keys West Blu Q, 200 Margaret St.; (305)

923-7245; bluqkeywest.com Key West’s self-proclaimed gay sailing adventures charter service has been taking patrons on cruises for decades. There are snorkel and kayak, Sandbar Sundays and other all-male excursions, but also two-hour sunset and harbor tours that welcome all. Or book the Blu Q for a private event.

A Sunset Cruise with Cannons on the Side The Jolly II Rover is a unique cruising experience, with more than a little piracy on tap.

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ou may recognize this picture of the Schooner Jolly II Rover, with the schooner’s unforgettably distinctive red sails. Local newspapers feature the ship in their annual coverage of the Key West Civil War Heritage Festival's Sea Battle reenactment the first weekend of every February: The schooner traditionally plays the role of the Confederate blockade runner on the waters in front of Fort Zachary Taylor. Or, if you’re a sailing buff, you may have seen the ship on the covers of some of the world’s largest cruising magazines. You can’t miss those red sails. The Jolly II Rover's other notable feature is her channeling the seafaring ways of Carribean pirates, with a full load of booming cannons on deck. In fact, when she was based in Louisiana, she starred in the exhibition “The Pirates of Lake Ponchartrain.” Owner/Captain Bill Malone brought the ship to Key West as part of his work with the Boy Scouts’ National High Adventure Sea Base— Jolly II Rover at full sail off the shores of Key West. and here she stayed when Hurricane Katrina devastated her home port, Slidell, LA. Designed by naval architect veteran friendly and handicapped friendly. Meritt Walter, Jolly II Rover was built in “And we offer the Rover at no cost for 1994 by Bock Marine of Beaufort, North many local charity fundraising events, Carolina. Her steel hull is 80-feet long school groups and an annual outing with and with her trademark sails, topmast the U. S. Navy Air Station from their Boca and square rig flying, she is a magnificent Chica training base,” says Captain Malone. sight under sail. —Key West Magazine Staff The Rover gives deep discounts to locals, more than any other schooner in Operating out of Key West’s Historic Key West, we’re told. The operation is Seaport: Contact Jolly II Rover at welcoming and friendly—they are, for (305) 304-2235 or book online at example, pet friendly, family friendly, schoonerjollyrover.com.

Blue Ice Sailing Charters , 201 William St.; (305) 294-5856; blueicesailing. com Blue Ice hosts tours on its 47-foot sloop, one of Key West’s largest and fastest six-passenger sailing vessels. There are also snorkeling trips to the coral reef, as well as dolphin and sunset tours. Blue Planet Kayak Eco-Tours , Fort East Martello Museum & Gardens, 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd.; (305) 809-8110; blue-planet-kayak.com This environmentally conscious company offers full- or half-day kayak tours through the mangroves at Boca Chica and other parts of the wildlife refuge. Check out the starlight and full-moon tours as well as kayak rentals for catch-and-release fishing. Captain’s Corner Dive Center, 631 Greene St. (booth), 125 Ann St. (classroom); (305) 296-8865; captainscorner.com Established in 1985, Captain’s Corner is the longestrunning dive and snorkel center in Key West. It has daily reef, scuba and snorkel trips plus classes at its pool and training facility on Ann Street. Both novice and experienced divers are welcome. Catamaran Echo, 231 Margaret St.; (305) 292-5044; dolphinecho.com The company’s Sunset & Moet Adults Only cruise serves three different Moet & Chandon Champagnes and seven other premium wines, as well as domestic and imported beer, a gourmet cheese buffet with fresh berries and bread from a Key West bakery—and, of course, sunset views on the Gulf of Mexico. You can also book a dolphin-watching trip or a private charter. Coastal Sailing Adventures , Oceanside Marina, 5950 Peninsular Ave., Slip 697, Stock Island; (305) 304-5100; sailingkeywestflorida.com Learn to sail with professionals on group outings on the 74-foot steel schooner Dream Catcher, get hitched at sea, book a private charter or try a retreat package from Capt. John Duke, who's been sailing South Florida's waters for 40 years. He and his yoga-teaching daughter Natalia offer a yoga retreats. Dancing Dolphin Spirits Charters ,

5710 U.S. 1; (305) 745-9901; captainvictoria.com Enjoy half- and full-day wilderness excursions with Capt. Victoria Impallomeni. Enjoy dolphin, mangrove and beach tours, as well as snorkeling, kayaking and birding. Tours depart daily from Murray Marine on Stock Island.

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Key West Magazine Spring/Summer 2019 Issue  

Here's 565 Reasons You’ll Love It Here in Key West, including in-depth listings and reviews of our 31 Beaches, 296 Bars Cafés and Restauran...

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Here's 565 Reasons You’ll Love It Here in Key West, including in-depth listings and reviews of our 31 Beaches, 296 Bars Cafés and Restauran...

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