Key West Boats

The best Florida boating – rentals, fishing charters, and a ferry boat to Key West

This page about Key West boats is for everyone who, like us, loves being on the water. Every year, the NMMA (National Marine Manufacturing Association) ranks the top U.S. states for boating. It is no surprise that Florida ranks number one. The 2009 NMMA rankings revealed that $1.2 billion was spent in the boating industry in Florida.

Of course, the popularity of boating is seen everywhere in Key West. The beauty and charm of Key West and the history of the island as a sea port make this an ideal destination if you plan to boat to Key West from your home port or keep a boat at one of the Key West Marinas.

Our goal is to provide you helpful information to enjoy boating or learn more about boating on Key West with a variety of topics. Click on the links below to find more information on each. Be sure to visit us often as we will continue to add more boating information. We would also like to hear your Key West boating stories. Throw us a line and tell us about your favorite anchorages, marinas or anything else related to Key West Boats.

Key West Express

Boat to Key West:

Did you know that the Key West Express is a ferry that travels daily between Fort Myers and Key West? If you are travelling to the Keys and happen to find a great flight special to Fort Myers, you could catch the ferry and be in Key West in about 3 hours. The Key West Express arrives in port within walking distance to many Key West hotels and guesthouses.

Every boat lover wants to be on the water as much as possible. Especially in a place like Key West where boats and marinas are ever present. During the winter, if you don’t live in a warm weather climate, you can scratch the itch with a Key West boat rental. Enjoy renting a Hobie Cat at Higgs Beach, a jet boat from Fury Water adventures near Sunset pier or choose anything from a pontoon to a deck boat rental at the Hurricane Hole. If you are really serious about spending time on a boat, you can rent a sail boat or power boat for your Key West accommodations instead of a hotel. This is an excellent choice as we recently discovered with our stay on Premium Time at the Key West Harbour Yacht Club.

The boat we stayed on, “Premium Time” is a 36 ft. Luhrs fishing boat. I am not a fisherman, but our stay on the boat has made me want to go back and spend a day fishing. If you are looking for charter fishing, Key West offers many choices. You’ll find experienced Key West fishing guides at several locations around the island. Walking around any of the Key West Marinas, you will see boats and charter captains or signs and phone numbers to make reservations.

Our favorite Key West fishing guide is Captain Marlin Scott who also hosts a daily radio show and publishes the local Fish Monster magazine. The magazine features interviews with local Captains and information on Key West charter fishing and guides.

Another excellent way to spend your vacation time on the water is with a Key West sailing charter. We have not chartered a sail boat in Key West, but we have chartered sail boats in other locations and those days are some of our best vacation memories. You don’t have to know the bow from the stern – just leave it all to the charter captain. Most are thrilled to answer your sailing questions and you can usually be as active with the sails, lines and helm as you would like. Most charter captains are also more than happy to customize your time aboard and will talk with you before your time on the water about what you would like to do or see.


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