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ON THE WATER Danger Charters, 245 Front St.; (305) 304-7999; Daily cruises set sail to the outislands of the Key West National Wildlife Refuge. Enjoy snorkeling, swimming and kayaking off the boat, with complimentary snacks, fresh fruit and refreshments. Dive Key West , 3128 N. Roosevelt Blvd.; (305) 2963823; Dive Key West, a veteran shop of 44 years, has a friendly, professional staff who provide scuba diving tours, equipment and instruction. It’s the largest full-service dive facility in the Keys. There’s snorkeling as well. Dolphin Safari Charters, Banana Bay Resort & Marina, 2319 N. Roosevelt Blvd., (305) 7470453; Capt. Gary leads dolphin-watching, snorkeling and sandbar trips to the backcountry, as well as providing lots of local lore about the waters around Key West.

Florida Yacht Charters and Sales, 6003 Peninsular Ave.;

Schooner Hindu, 201

William St.; (305) 509-1771; This restored historic schooner sails out of Key West in the winter and spring, with a morning mimosa sail that shows off Key West Harbor and guests are served baked goods, coffee and, of course, refreshing mimosas. On the sunset sail excursion, try fine wines, craft beers and gourmet cheese—and take a turn at the wheel or help the crew when they hoist the sails.

Schooner Jolly II Rover,

Elizabeth St.; (305) 304-2235; This classic, square-rigged, topsail 80-foot schooner provides daily, sunset and charter trips. Its red square sails make it look like a real pirate ship from a bygone era.

Schooner Spirit of Independence, 202 William

St.; (305) 849-4032; schoonerspiritofindependence. com The Spirit of Independence’s two-hour sunset tour provides prime views of Sunset Key, Mallory Square, the old U.S. Customs House and Fort Zachary Taylor in the goldenhour light. It includes mimosas, Champagne, beer, wine, focaccia sandwiches and fresh fruit.

(305) 293-0800; floridayacht. com Florida Yacht Group Key Captain Finbar Gittelman (above left) officiated at Angela Anderson's (right) wedding to West has a fleet of sail and husband Jesse on a spectacular Key West sunset cruise on board the Schooner Hindu. motor yachts for rent or sale, plus tours to various destinations in Ocean Vue Adventures, 201 William St.; Sebago Watersports, 205 Elizabeth St., comprises oceanfront suites, beachside the Gulf or Caribbean, including Cuba. (877) 243-2378; oceanvueadventures. Unit 1; (800) 507-9955; keywestsebago. dining, a clubhouse, sauna, fitness You can hire a crew or go bareboat for com Board the futuristic Ocean com Sebago sells sailing, snorkeling center and pool. your charter trip. Vue, a hydrofoil glass-bottom boat and sunset Champagne cruises to Floridays, Hyatt Resort & Spa, 601 Key West Sail and Power Squadron, with a 6-by-9 foot viewing area, for large groups aboard custom-built Front St.; (305) 744-8335; floridays. 5205 College Road, Stock Island; snorkeling, glass-bottom boat and catamarans that set sail several times org Locals go on the Floridays for the (305) 294-0096; dolphin encounter combo tours. Spy a day. Beer, wine and soft drinks are unhurried, unhassled and uncrowded keywest This is a unit of the U.S. Power on thousands of tropical reef fish and included with a charter trip. twice-daily snorkel cruises to the reef, Squadrons, the largest nonprofit, dolphins in their natural habitat. SNUBA of Key West, Garrison Bight and the sunset harbor cruises on the all-volunteer boating education Sail Florida Adventures, 617 Front St.; Marina, 711 Eisenhower Drive; (305) 60-foot yacht. Gear and refreshments group in the world. Boating courses, (305) 587-9158; 292-4616; A familyare included. certifications and seminars are Navy-trained owner and operator friendly hybrid of snorkeling and scuba available. Fury Catamarans, (multiple departure Capt. James now shares his passion for diving, SNUBA allows novices as young Key West Seaplane Adventures, Key points); (888) 976-0899; the sea on a variety of trips: Charters as eight to breathe while underwater. West International Airport, 3471 S. Fury Water Adventures is the largest include overnight trips, island getaways, The fee includes all equipment and Roosevelt Blvd.; (305) 293-9300; watersports company in the Florida snorkeling and day excursions and instruction. Key West Keys. It sells an array of experiences in, sunset cruises. Southpoint Divers 606 Front St.; Seaplane Adventures has the only air on and above the water. Choose from Schooner America 2.0, 202 William (305) 292-9778 or (800) 891-DIVE; service to the Dry Tortugas National parasailing, snorkeling, live-music St.; (305) 293-7245; Daily trips to Park. Enjoy touring Fort Jefferson, sunset sails, personal watercrafts browse-by-boat/schooner-america-2-0 wrecks and the reef on our custom sightseeing, snorkeling and birdtours, dolphin-watching excursions This is the newest, biggest, fastest, 46-foot dive boat, Phoenix. Scuba-Inwatching there. and more. most eco-friendly vessel ever designed A-Day courses for new divers. PADI Harmony Yacht Vacations, 7009 Lion’s Paw Life Sailing Charters, Key for Classic Harbor Line. It’s modeled Five Star Dive Center and Platinum Shrimp Road; (888) 542-2667; West Harbour; (850) 545-4958; after the winner of the first America’s SCUBAPRO dealer. Harmony The Lion’s Paw is a Cup competition, in 1851: the Sunset Watersports, 2801 N. has yachts available to charter for 45-foot sailboat with a raised deck, schooner America. Day, sunset, full Roosevelt Blvd., (855) 378-6386; weekly and daily rates. The company forward and aft cabins with fullmoon and private sails are available. Key provides trips to Cuba and the Bahamas size beds and private access to two The Champagne Sunset sail has free West’s largest watersports company as well as to Miami. Try a seven-day allbathrooms, and even Wi-Fi. Half-day, Champagne, wine, beer and other offers sunset cruises, island tours, inclusive vacation package—bareboat full-day and overnight sails with a beverages as well as shrimp cocktail parasailing, water skiing and as well as crewed charters are available. captain and mate are available. and cheese and crackers. snorkeling—plus Hobie Cats, Sunfish, Harmony Marine Center also provides Lost Reef Adventures, 261 Margaret St.; Schooner Appledore, 201 William St.; banana boats, windsurfers, kayaks, repairs, maintenance and upscale (305) 296-9737; (800) 507-9955; The WaveRunners, beach chairs and concierge services. Scuba diving, snorkeling and daily charming 86-foot wooden Appledore is umbrellas for rent. Stock Island Resort & Marina, 6000 charters to surrounding reefs and large enough for weddings, parties and Sunset Sail Key West, 202 William St.; Peninsular Ave.; (305) 292-3121; wrecks are available aboard Lost Reef ’s family reunions. Available for charter (305) 587-4488; Known as “America’s Southernmost 40-foot custom dive boat, the Dream. November through May, the Appledore Sunset Sail Key West has custom Marina,” Stock Island Resort & Instruction is also included for novices, departs from and returns to the Key charters as well as sunrise, snorkel, day, Marina is right off the Atlantic Ocean and you can rent scuba diving and West Historic Seaport, at the foot of sunset and starlight sails. and Boca Chica Inlet. The property snorkeling equipment. William Street.

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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...

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...