The Florida Keys are well-known for world-class sportfishing and diving as well as being home to North America’s last living coral reef. It’s no surprise that travelers come from all over the world to experience what the island chain has to offer. Whether you prefer your leisure under or above water, renting a boat can make for an afternoon well spent. With so many activities to choose from, you’ll never run out of things to do during your time on the ocean, Florida Bay, or Gulf of Mexico.
You might find it hard to leave the property grounds as many of our Florida Keys vacation rentals include access to luxurious amenities where you can comfortably tan poolside. Still, you’ll want to be sure to take the time to enjoy the surrounding waters too! During your time on the boat, take a visit to some of the local uninhabited islands such as Indian Key. This historic site just off of Islamorada is an isolated paradise where visitors enjoy sunbathing, swimming, sightseeing, and more. To note, many of the surrounding islands are conservation sites. You should always verify that you’re not trespassing so as to not harm the environment we cherish.
If fishing is your forte, it’s going to be essential that you rent a boat. Fortunately, many of our Florida Keys vacation homes include dockage just steps from your deck. Spend less time trailering your boat up and down the Keys. Within just minutes from your private home, find yourself fishing for snapper in the mangroves or mahi-mahi in deep water.
For those in search of picturesque underwater scenery, Alligator Reef is an Instagram hotspot! This beautiful locale hosts a lighthouse built in 1873 sitting atop a crescent-shaped reef with a diverse number of colorful species inhabiting the area. For snorkeling at Alligator Reef, rent a boat or reserve your spot on a local charter (we recommend Robbie’s Marina).
Check out our Activities Guide for more recommendations on what to do and where to eat during your visit to the Florida Keys.