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Explore Boat Rental Options in Key West

Written by Boatsetter Team
December 5, 2017

Key West, Florida is perhaps the closest you can get to a true Caribbean location without ever leaving the United States. This self-proclaimed “Conch Republic” offers crystal clear water, warm waves, an island atmosphere and the bonus of access to both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. You don’t even need to purchase a passport.When you’re surrounded by all of the natural beauty, waterways and marinas of the Florida Keys, you can’t help but be drawn to the water. Boat rental in Key West is easier than ever and will not only add many memorable experiences to a South Florida vacation but allow you to see things that you just can’t get to with a boat.

Traditional Boat Rentals in the Florida Keys

Sport fishing

South Florida is one of the best sport fishing locations in the world. If reeling in that trophy sailfish or a record-breaking swordfish is your thing, look no further than the docks and marinas of the Florida Keys and Key West. Sport fishing boats come equipped with rod holders, fish boxes, high-powered outboard engines and high-tech electronics such as GPS and fish and depth finders.

Sightseeing, day trips and dining by boat

Pack a picnic and the snorkel or dive gear and sail out to the Dry Tortugas National Park, located about 60 nautical miles west of Key West right in the middle of the gorgeous Gulf of Mexico. This isolated island is only accessible by boat or seaplane and features coral reefs, marine life, seabirds and the unfinished Fort Jefferson. The whole family will enjoy this uniquely Floridian boating experience. Choose a bowrider, cabin cruiser or center console to get there quickly and comfortably.

A flats boat or deck boat make great choices for fishing or checking out the small beaches and islets located around the Florida Keys and Key West. A deck boat can come in closer to beaches than a deeper hulled boat. Dive platforms and tow bars provide hours of fun when you want to swim, dive or waterski. Flats boats handle well in all types of water and can be outfitted with casting platforms or trolling motors. Their low profiles make fishing a breeze.

Boat Rental in Key West, the Boatsetter Way

The new sharing economy has brought many the option of boat rental by private owner to even the most inexperienced boater. Now it’s easier than ever to experience the luxury boating life. Consider renting a 64-foot motor yacht to sail along the coast in the ultimate seat of luxury. Treat your friends and family to the celebrity lifestyle as you sail up to dockside restaurants, and then sail back beneath peaceful skies and twinkling stars. Hiring a captain to navigate the entire trip for you makes the experience hassle and stress-free for everybody.

All boaters love talking about the Florida Keys! There’s that place that makes the best Mojito this side of Havana… That roadside shack that sells yummy soft shell crab sandwiches… The unrivaled snorkeling in the middle keys, up by Islamorada or Big Pine Key…What are your favorite spots to visit in the Keys?

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