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Surf or Turf? An insider’s guide to finding the best Key West tours [UPDATED]

When looking for fun tours of Key West, the first thing to do is choose surf or turf. Of course, watersports are the island’s main attraction. The clear turquoise sea is safe and gentle, perfect for marine explorers of all ages. Go out for an afternoon of snorkeling, paddle a kayak among the mangroves, try some stand-up paddleboarding, or take in the scenery from high in the air under a parasail. Kick it into high gear on a jet ski or choose a relaxing cruise above the reef with a beverage in hand on a glass-bottom boat tour.

If you want real old-style Key West adventure, journey into the backcountry on a sailing schooner for a day of snorkeling, kayaking and beachcombing. Or head out to the blue water on the trail of the same trophy gamefish that brought Hemingway, Jack London and many other legendary sportsmen to Key West. For good family fun, try the ultimate watersports tour – a complete day afloat that includes snorkeling, kayaking, jet ski rides, parasailing, a water playground and more, along with complimentary snacks and beverages.

Back on land, ride the Conch Train or Trolley around the island for shopping, sightseeing, and visiting the many historic sites such as the Hemingway House, the Southernmost Point, and the Harry S. Truman Little White House. Or rent your own clean, quiet electric car to explore the beautiful beaches along the south shore of the island, Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, and the classic examples of Conch architecture on the back streets of Old Town. Try a scooter or bike if you are up for a little more excitement. And be sure to take in at least one of the famous Key West sunsets aboard a luxury sunset cruise complete with happy hour beverages, snacks, and music. Whether you want to go by land or by sea, you will find it all right here at Tours of Key West.

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