Backcountry Tours in Key West
The backcountry islands in Key West are a natural wonder that you do not want to miss. These lush waterways are filled with calm azure waters, uninhabited islands with mangrove trees, and shallow water zones where you can hang out on a sandbar when the tide is right.
As you can imagine, the backcountry is an amazing place for snorkeling, fishing, or boating and you can see an abundance of wildlife on any adventure you choose.
It never fails to make me smile when I’m out on a boat and a dolphin starts racing along doing jumps and dives. If you have never had a chance to see these majestic jokers in their element, do yourself a favor and book a Dolphin Safari with Captain Gary. He’s a treasure trove of information on dolphins and the marine animals you will see! Tours generally go out just before sunset from the Perry Hotel on nearby Stock Island. You can snorkel right off the boat and you won’t even have to share the view of the sunset as you cruise around looking for pods of dolphins and learn about the other marine life. They offer 3 trips daily and each one is 6 or less people.
Rates depend on season and number of passengers, generally, around $99/adult and private charters are available for $575+. They are located at 7001 Shrimp Road, Stock Island FL 33040. Their phone number is (305) 747-0453 or you can email them at email@example.com. As a bonus there is Free Parking on the left side of the hotel
Key West Boat Trips
If you want to disconnect and connect with nature then I highly recommend getting off the island and getting out on the water with this premier watersports operation. No touristy hype aboard, just great trips to beautiful places with knowledgeable captains. You can choose from tours as short as a few hours to a 4 hour trip to the Key West National Wildlife refuge or Snipe Point, which is a huge sandbar with a great beach area. They also have some paddleboard tours and kayaking tours if that is your thing, including a killer night time paddleboard/kayak adventure.
They also have an awesome night LED paddle trip. Here is the info straight from Capt Pawel:
"If you want an immersive and out of this world experience, join us after the sun goes down for our Night Kayaking. The LED lights will light up under the clear bottomed kayak to guide your way and it really feels like you’re in your own personal aquarium. If you prefer the idea of paddleboarding, you can combine with friends so some of you are paddling along as people kayak. We have something for everyone! Our guides know these islands like no one else, and they can guide you through the calm waters of Key West through mangrove tunnels where you will see amazing aquatic life. We know that this experience will be one of the best experiences you have here in Key West because people tell us that every single day"
These tours book up fast because they are privately chartered and have no set time, so book them before you plan to arrive so you are not disappointed.
Tours start at $350 per trip and they can be reached at (305) 304-4800 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. They are located at Hurricane Hole Marina, 5130 Overseas Hwy, Key West, FL 33040. Tell Capt. Pawel that I sent you! He always takes care of my couples and friends.
This charter is Key West fun in the sun done right. Rent this spacious 24-foot boat with up to 6 people to go out for a few hours all day. Hang out on sandbars, sun yourself and swim all around the Back country, they will design a cruise based on what you like to do.
Very family-friendly, and you can bring your own food and drink. You may even see a dolphin or two. Get away from the crowds and explore the Keys. Their sunset cruises are popular, so book early!
Half day: 4 hours $600 for 6 guests or $99 per guest from 2-5 people
Full day: 6 hours $800
Sunset: Private charter only for $300 for 2 hours. Up to 6 people
7009 Shrimp Rd
Key West, FL 33040