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Sailing the Florida Keys: A Guide to the Best Sailing Tours and What to Expect

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The Florida Keys are a picturesque chain of coral islands stretching from Miami to Key West. They offer endless sun, surf, and sandy beaches with plenty of opportunities for exciting adventures and rest and relaxation. Although comprising nearly 900 islands, the Keys are largely unpopulated, and most can be accessed solely by sea, making them an ideal spot for sailing tours. Here’s what you need to know.

Sailing the Florida Keys

Most Florida Keys trips start in Miami with your first stop in Key Largo. Key Largo is a vibrant Key with a friendly atmosphere and plenty to do and see, including John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. At this underwater sanctuary and park, you can explore marine life via snorkeling, scuba, or glass-bottomed boat.

Continuing beyond Key Largo and through the Keys, you’ll find Dry Tortugas just west of Key West. This protected national park is largely water with a small campsite accessible primarily by water or air. Here you can explore everything from sponges and corals to bottlenose dolphins, frigate birds, and loggerhead turtles.

In between Key Largo and Key West is a universe of possibilities with fishing, shopping, art, music, and more. There’s so much to do and see, but one activity that keeps people coming back for more is sailing. With sailing, you can explore both land and water on your terms.

Check out the most popular sailing tours in the Florida Keys!

  1. Key West Dolphin Watch Cruise

This magical cruise offers you the chance to spot dolphins in their natural habitat, snorkel in the Key West National Wildlife Refuge, and watch the sunset from aboard a private sailboat while enjoying refreshments. The tour lasts an incredible three hours, and you’ll be rewarded with a lifetime of happy memories.

  1. Snorkeling and sailing

Climb aboard this sailing yacht in Key West to travel to North America’s only living coral reef, where you’ll be able to use snorkeling equipment to explore and spot tropical fish, turtles, dolphins, eels, urchins, anemones, and more.

  1. Romantic Sunset Sails

Romance is in the air whether you choose the champagne catamaran sunset sail, the dolphin watch sunset sail, or the schooner champagne sunset sail. Add live music to the mix, and you and your loved one can sit back and enjoy the splash of colors spreading across the horizon in style.

Whether you choose one sailing tour or all of them, you can spend your downtime on the water, too. At Mangrove Marina, our Aqua Villas are well-appointed with all the amenities you’d expect at a luxury resort but with the convenience of a full-service marina. Because we are a working marina, you’ll also have access to wet slips for your own boat for easy launching. You can even live aboard, if you prefer! Contact us today to find out more!


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