My name is Bruce Nielsen and I sell things to do on the island of Key West, Florida. For an island that only measures 2 by 4 miles, there is a fair amount to do here. I do have a website, http://www.keywestadventurestoday.com where you can see options and prices.
On the water, Key West has America's largest living coral reef. In the early days, the coral reef was a source of profit of sorts for the people who lived here. You see, ships would pass through here and get stuck on the reef, making them useless as a traveling vessel. The locals would pull the ships out, however the price was whatever was on the boat. Not exactly pirates but not exactly on the "up and up" either!
These days the reef is a source of entertainment in a different way. You can take trips out in the morning, mid day and afternoon snorkeling the reef. These trips can be basic snorkel trips or trips that involve other activities such as sailing, kayaking or an incredible island meal.
Another way to see the reef is on a glass bottom boat. These two hour rides are available for $40 adult and $20 kids.
In addition to seeing the reef when you visit Key West you can go fishing. This can be done one of a few ways. You can charter your own boat, for $650 to $700 for the whole boat. You can get a seat on a charter for as little as $165. Or you can fish on a "party boat", which means a boat with 15-20 people or more for $55-$65. The disadvantage of doing it this way is that there are more people on these boats so the chances of catching fish is lower.
A unique way to see the sunset is on one of our beautiful boats. A sunset sail can be done from $45 to $125.
One activity that is popular is a "do it all" type activity which passengers can parasail, jetski, water ski, kayak, snorkel, play on a water slide and water trampoline, and do other activities for one price, usually $109-$149. This is often chosen by people who have families and are staying for a short time.
Speaking of jetskiing, one popular activity is 1 1/2 tour of the island on jetskis. These tours are done by knowledgeable guides who know the island, and will stop to give background on the different parts of our island paradise.
Getting out of the water, another activity is riding on a small bi plane around the island. These trips leave from the airport and range from $85 to $384 depending on the length of time and the type of tour you want. It can either be a in air tour of the island, a sunset tour or an exhilarating aerobatic tour.
On the land, a lot of the bars here have culture and history. Ernest Hemingway used to frequent Captain Tony's and Sloppy Joes. Kelly's was the original Pan Am headquarters in Key West, and the bars are actually made of plane wings. Built in 1909, Pepes is the oldest eatery in Key West.
For a tour of the island you can go on the Conch Tour Train or Old Town Trolley, or go on the less expensive City View Trolley. As previously mentioned, you can go to our site at keywestadventurestoday.com or call at 305/432-1220.
Key West is an island that is rich in history. It was actually owned by the Spanish and was bought by the U.S. for $4000. Originally called Cayo Hueso (Spanish pronunciation:
On April 23, 1982 the two lane bridge that went into Key West was constantly being blocked, and citizens of Key West were getting tired of it so they decided to break off from the United States and form their own country, and named it "The Conch Republic". this lasted for less than a day. April 23 is still known as "Independence Day" and celebrated very much.
So in summary, Key West has lots to see and do in many different ways, and something for everyone.