What Key West Boat Tour Should You Take? [Top 4 Tours]

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Key West boat tours offer great views of the water

Top Four Key West Boat Tours

Key West is known for its nightlife, perfect weather, beaches, historical sites, and of course, watersports and boat tours!

Some say Key West is a boater’s paradise, with great fishing and impressive scenery…what is not to like? In fact, Key West is home to 100’s of different boating and water activities!

But with so much to do and see, how can you determine what to do?

First off, don’t fret! We have you covered!

Being a local Key West company, we have had an opportunity to work with and see all of the top boat tours in Key West over the years. While we might be slightly biased to our own Key West Party Boat – we have taken the time to review some of the other top-rated Key West boat tours that we know will show you a great time.

What type of Key West boat tour is right for you?

Before you decide on what boat tour company to take, first figure out what type of boat tour is right for you. There is a boat tour for everyone!

  1. Fishing Charters – Fishing charters are exactly what you think. They typically take you out in the open water for some of the best fishing in the United States. Depending on who you charter with, they can range from more of a party to more serious fishing.
  2. Party Boat Tours – Party boat tours (my favorite) takes the spirit of Key West and puts it on a boat. Depending on the tour, drinks can be either included or BYOB. Either way, you are going to have a great time with friends or new ones
  3. Eco / Wildlife Tour – Eco tours are great for families or people who want to see more of nature while in Key West. The great news is that these tours leave daily, and you can see some fantastic wildlife along the way.
  4. Sunset Cruise – You don’t come to Key West to miss the sunset! See it from a unique angle on a sunset cruise. 

What is there to see on a Key West boat tour?

There is so much to see and do on a boat tour in Key West. As mentioned above, there are a variety of things to see!

Some of the most popular things you can see on a tour include:

  • Dry Tortugas – a popular cruise to see one of the most incredible Forts in America 
  • Sunset – there is nothing like sunset while out on the water!
  • Wildlife – fish, coral reefs to dolphins, you are going to be able to see some amazing creatures!
  • Key West – The history of Key West is just as exciting as its parties. A boat tour can get you a great idea of how amazing Key West is!

What Should I Bring On My Key West Boat Tour?

Depending on the cruise and tour operator, you may or may not have to bring some items along with you. Be sure to reach out to the tour operator before you arrive to ensure you have everything you need.

Typical items include:

  • Drinks
  • Food
  • Sun Screen
  • Cash for tips or drinks
  • Comfortable clothes 
  • Waterproof phone case

The Top Four Key West Boat Tours

Lagerhead Cycleboats

Key West boat tours

Yes, of course, we are going to be a bit biased, but if we can’t recommend our own Key West party boat tour, then what are we in business for?

Lagerhead Cycleboats is the most unique party boat in Key West.

We can hold to 26 passengers on this 2.5 hour boat tour. With 12 cycle stations, you can choose to pedal or have our gas engine do all of the work – either way, it is a blast!

  • Cost
    • $59 Per Person or $1,200 for a private boat tour
  • What’s Included
    • Everything is included!
      • Drinks – alcoholic and non 
      • Music – play your own music on our iPad
      • Cups
      • Ice
      • Coolers
      • Captain and Crew
      • Bathroom
  • When it leaves
    • Leaves four times a day. Check out the departure times here.
    • Be sure to catch the sunset or night cruise for ultimate fun!

Dry Tortugas Ferry

Dry Tortugas is one of the most amazing and beautiful historical places in the United States. If you have one thing to do while in Key West for a few days – this is it!

Key West boat tours to Dry Tortugas

The ferry ride is easy and fun as well!

  • Cost
    • $180 Per Person 
  • What’s Included
    • Breakfast / lunch
    • Fully narrated tour
    • Snorkeling equipment 
    • Beach walk
    • Entrance to the fort
  • When it leaves
    • 7 am daily

Dolphin Watch and Snorkel Combo

With a 96% success rate, this tour is one of the best eco-tours you can take while in Key West. Take a catamaran out in the Gulf of Mexico’s backcountry for a chance to see some fantastic wildlife.

Oh and did we mention it comes with 1 hour of snorkeling as well!

  • Cost
    • $78 Per Person 
  • What’s Included
    • Everything is included!
      • Drinks – alcoholic and non 
      • Snorkel gear
      • Captain and Crew
  • When it leaves
    • Cruises leaving daily

Dream Catcher Charters

If you are coming to Key West to fish you are going to have a blast! But don’t just pick any fishing charter, choose the professionals at Dream Catchers!

With decades of experience, they will ensure that you not only catch some fantastic fish, but you have a blast while you do it.

Remember, you get what you pay for, and these guys are worth it. 

  • Cost
    • $450 for a private tour
  • What’s Included
    • Captain / Crew
    • Fishing Equipment
  • When it leaves

Book Your Key West Boat Tour Now

Be sure to plan and book accordingly before you come down to Key West.

While you might be able to catch a last-second trip on the tours we mentioned above, many times you won’t be able to book a seat last second for the time and date that you want.

So plan ahead and book now! See you in Key West!

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