Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will, it is always interesting. - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Exploring the gingerbread mansions and tin-roofed conch houses of Key West is like eating a box of decadent chocolates. The Conch Republic is famed for its quirky, spirited personality, for oddities like chickens roaming the streets and six-toed cats, and for its sunset celebrations and abundant nightlife.
But the Island has even more at hand. You might need an extra day—or two or three days, or a week– to enjoy all the luscious experiences it offers. Check out these three temptations. You’ll only find them in Key West.
Sink Your Teeth into Adventure
“Shark Whisperers” Captain Ken Harris and Captain Dave Harris will take you an eco tour of the backcountry waters of Key West for 2 ½ to three hours of shark and wildlife viewing. You’ll see sharks, circling and snapping at fish, so close to your catamaran you can hear the sound of their jaws. A scent is deployed to attract these apex predators right next to the boat. You’ll also see a variety of wildlife, including turtles, stingrays, birds and dolphins. Key West Eco Tours, 245 Front Street, Key West, FL 33040, ph: 305-508-1951, http://www.kwextremeadventures.com/
Delight to Dolphins
Escape to the “Dolphin Playground” on the Catamaran Echo to experience their “Wild Dolphin Sailing and Snorkeling Adventure.” You’ll watch wild dolphins in their natural habitat –swimming, hunting and feeding together, even courting and teaching their babies. The four hour escapade includes snorkeling shallow shipwrecks and reefs in the tropical waters around Key West. Catamaran Echo, end of Margaret Street and the Historic Seaport and Harbor Walk, Key West, FL 33040, ph: 305-292-5044, http://www.dolphinecho.com/dolphin.htm
Waves of Fun
Join Key West Water Tours for their “Ultimate Island Tour,” a 26 mile, two-hour guided tour via Waverunner around Key West and its neighboring islands. You’ll bounce across the surf, screaming and laughing on a Waverunner, and you’ll explore a mangrove creek, trying to spot wildlife such as jellyfish, stingrays and birds. Sops include Southernmost Point, the historic Key West Harbor, and the submarine pits. Key West Water Tours, Hurricane Hole Marina, 5130 US Highway 1, Key West, FL 33040, ph: 305-294-6790, http://www.keywestwatertours.com/tours.html
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