The Best Boat Hire near Key West, Florida

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What to know about boat hires in Key West

Key West is a fabulous destination for boaters. The entire area of the Florida Keys is a designated National Marine Sanctuary, meaning that there are additional rules and regulations for boaters that are crucial to know to avoid breaking the law and getting fined. You can take a boat on your own to explore the reefs offshore, opt for a charter around the best spots for fishing, enjoy the sunset from a catamaran or go kayaking.

While boating in Key West, it’s important to pay attention to the backchannel depths and navigation markers. Inexperienced boaters can get themselves into trouble if they cruise too quickly or end up in shallow waters. Pay attention to the markings when navigating the channels and you’ll be just fine.

Embarking on a fishing charter while in Key West is sure to be an experience you’ll never forget. Travelers can head out on full-service charters and expect to catch snapper, grouper, tuna, and the occasional shark. The boats are fully-equipped and the crew of deep-sea charters are knowledgeable and provide an excellent experience.

Catamaran hires are popular in Key West thanks to the calm winds and water that provide a comfortable sailing experience. For visitors in need of an adrenaline rush, there are countless jet ski hire facilities as well as parasailing opportunities.

Chartering a yacht for a day of cruising, relaxing and watching the sunset is a popular choice for many travelers staying in Key West. Booking up your yacht charter early is recommended, as the island is very small and boats can be booked up during the busy season.

Boating Events in Key West

Key West is home to many sailing regattas, boat races and other waterfront events that take place throughout the year.

One of the most popular is the Key West Super Boat International Championships. This takes place over several days and includes exhibitions of race boats on display, launching and racing of boats, boat parades and other live entertainment and events during the week. The power boats that are showcased during this event are among the top in the world, and many people come to watch the offshore racing and enjoy the lively atmosphere.

The Key West Fishing Tournament attracts anglers of all ages, from seasoned fishing professionals to young novices trying their hand at making the best catch.

Other Things To Do in Key West

While on land, there is plenty to experience while in Key West. For literature lovers, a visit to Ernest Hemingway’s house is a must. Mallory Square is a hub for restaurants and shops on Key West and it provides a great view of the sunset. Duval Street is another great option if you’re looking to indulge in retail therapy or grab a bite to eat.

Marinas in the Keys

There are several marinas for boat hires and charters scattered throughout Key West. The majority of the marinas are on the northern side of the island, but they run from the east to western sides. Galleon Marina and Conch Harbor Marina are great choices. City Marina at Garrison Bight is noted for fishing boats and charters. The Key West Historic Seaport is another top-rated marina on this part of the island. On the south side, Casa Marina Beach House is a good option for boat hires.

About Key West

The Florida Keys are an archipelago of over 1500 islands stretching off the southern coast of Florida. Key West is one of the most popular for tourists and it’s also considered the southernmost city in the United States. It’s known for its laid-back beach culture, beautiful white sand beaches and for being a haven for rest and relaxation. While being known for its Floridian elegance, it is a very different Florida than Miami or Naples. It has a modest charm without the flashy money of some other Florida cities.

The best time to visit Key West is between March and May when the winter crowds have gone and prices drop. The weather is perfect at this time, between 20 and 26 °C, with minimal rainfall compared to the rest of the year. The summer months see far fewer tourists due to heavy rains and high humidity. If getting wet doesn’t scare you, booking in the summer will secure you a trip at a much lower rate, but at the risk of running into hurricane season.

Getting to Key West can be expensive. There is an airport in Key West that services several routes in the United States, but fares are typically steep due to its smaller size. A popular option for travelers going to Key West is to fly to Miami or Fort Lauderdale and then rent a car to drive down to Key West. This can be a more economical option and will allow you to visit other parts of the Keys as well. There are also express ferries and other boat options to get access to Key West by water.

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GetMyBoat customer reviews for boat rentals in Key West.

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    Kelsey
    Full Day Private Boat Charter

    Anthony was an awesome captain for our day trip! We met at a Marine with a fun little bar attached to it. Throughout the day he drove us around Key West and through the famous mangroves. We hungout at Snipes Sandbar and my husband and I drank lots off beer 😋 We saw dolphins sharks and a manatee! Anthony was very knowledgeable about boats and was great company for a fun day out on the water!

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    Roy
    Pro-line 23XP Fishing Boat for Rent in Stock Island, Florida

    Brett was awesome, Was always there to Help with information On the best spots , great boat very Dependable, Very clean, All in all just a great boat With a great owner . We come down twice a Year and Rent a boat From various places, but all be returning to Brett from now on.Thanks again for the awesome week

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    Sergio
    Choose your own adventure! Amazing Float Plans!

    Our family had a phenomenal experience! Austin was prompt in communication and professional; he was completely flexible with the itinerary which was great for us. Austin’s knowledge of the waters and the area allowed us to experience some great spots. I can’t recommend this experience enough!

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    Emma
    Captain included, Sandbar, BackCountry, SunSet Cruise, WaterSports, Key West

    Anthony was a fabulous host & took us to super cool spots! The boat was awesome & the water-mat was so fun! We were nervous to book, but getmyboat.com is reliable and Anthony had great communication. Would definitely recommend!! :-))

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    Rob
    Choose your own adventure! Amazing Float Plans!

    We had 4 people — me and my 16 year old, 18 year old and wife. I booked Austin because he said he’d tailor the trip to us. I wanted to do some fishing, my wife and daughter wanted to kayak, and my son wanted to chill. It was a perfect stress free day. Austin was top notch and fun to talk to.

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    Nancy
    18' Party Barge Pontoon for Rent in Cudjoe Key, Florida!!!

    My family had a great day on Mitch’s pontoon. He upgraded us to a larger one last minute which was great. It was so spacious we had a dance party on it! Mitch gave my father in law a great run down of how to navigate the pontoon and plugged in the coordinates to a small island on the gps for us and we were off to a fabulous day. We had no problems whatsoever with the boat. Mitch was so helpful and such a great guy. One thing I would advise is to bring water shoes for any island you visit, the beach is pretty rocky.