How to waste a day in Key West

On our most recent trip to America, we rented a car and drove from rural Indiana, through the Smoky Mountains, out to Charleston and then all the way down the east coast to Key West.

We were lucky enough to get a weeks worth of free accomodation in Key West due to the generosity of a family friend, so had plenty of time to explore, relax and see everything Key West has to offer.

Here are a few suggestions for things to do if you ever find yourself there!

Fury Water Adventures
Confession: we wasted not one, but TWO days with Fury. We went on their ‘ultimate adventure’ which is an entire day of watersports including snorkelling at two locations, jet skiing, parasailing, kayaking, and a giant inflatable water park in the Gulf of Mexico.

Another day we sailed into the Gulf on a ‘double dip’ snorkelling trip which involved exploring the reef in two different locations. We saw turtles, rays, and plenty of colourful fish. A highlight was definitely the slowww trip home during sunset grooving to reggae music and drinking the free alcohol. Bliss.
 And just to prove how much we loved Fury we went on a ‘Sunset Booze Cruise’ with them another evening which involved a beautiful sail in the Gulf with more reggae and free alcohol than ever before.
Check out their website here.

parasailing for the first time

Parasailing for the first time ever!

floating water park

A floating water park.

sunset sailing

Sunset sailing.

Exploring by Bike
There are plenty of places to hire bikes, scooters etc. so the prices are really competitive.
I think we paid about $8 each to rent bikes for an entire day, and they delivered them to our condo. Key West is quite small, so everything is a short bike ride away and plus, its good exercise!


The Ernest Hemingway Home
“Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.” – Ernest Hemingway
What a wise man.
Very touristy, but an interesting piece of history. Why not?



The ‘Southernmost Point’ Landmark
Fun fact: Key West is only 90 miles from Cuba and they built a thing to let you know.
Another one of those touristy “look where I’ve been!” moments, but still a cool landmark.


Don’t count on Key West for the most beautiful beaches (especially if you live in Australia), as they are all man-made due to the barrier reef. They’re certainly still nice! There is cheap beach equipment for rent (snorkels, paddle boards etc.) and you won’t have to look far to find a friendly local selling fresh coconuts and pina coladas. If you want beautiful beaches check out some of the other Keys, but if you’re just looking to lay back and get some sun these will do the trick.




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