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2010 Florida Key Fishing Tournament Schedule

Jan. 7-9: Sailfish Open at Hawks Cay. Marathon. Teams of professional anglers and amateur enthusiasts will compete in the catch-and-release tournament in the waters around Marathon. Contact Laura Emmole at (305) 395-3474 or (727) 631-0072, e-mail lemmole@worldsailfish.com or visit thesailfishopen.com.

Jan. 7-10: CANCELED Sailbone Offshore & Backcountry. Islamorada. Three days of fishing in the backcountry and offshore have anglers competing for both sailfish and bonefish. Contact Sharon Mahoney Ellenwood at (305) 664-2012 or (305) 393-6174, or e-mail sharellen@netzero.net.

Jan 10-11: Bartender’s Sailfish Open. Islamorada. An all-release sailfish tournament, this challenge offers awards to winning bars and bartenders. Contact Dianne Harbaugh at (305) 852-2102, e-mail ditournaments@aol.com, visit islamoradasailfishtournament.com or write to P.O. Box 462, Islamorada FL 33036.

Jan 12-14: Islamorada SailFly Championship. In this all-release boat team tournament with no more than two anglers per boat allowed, captains, mates or anglers can tease, but only the registered anglers can cast, hook and play the fish. Tournament rules will be IGFA format. Contact Denise Scoble or Sandy Moret at (305) 664-5423, e-mail sandy@floridakeysoutfitters.com or write to P.O. Box 603, Islamorada FL 33036.

Jan. 15-17: Key Largo Sailfish Challenge. Key Largo. Anglers battle sailfish during the peak of the season. The tournament also features raffles, drawings and cash prizes. Contact Tammie Gurgiolo at (305) 852-9337 or e-mail fishnbully@msn.com.

Jan. 21-23: Cheeca Lodge Presidential Sailfish Tournament. Islamorada. In this all-release tournament, anglers fish for the mighty sailfish in waters surrounding the region known as the Sportfishing Capital of the World. The tournament is an official event of the World Billfish Series, Southeast Division. Contact Liz Hill at (305) 451-5094, e-mail presidentialsailfishtournament@cheeca.com, visit cheeca.com or write to Cheeca Lodge, P.O. Box 527, Islamorada FL 33036.

Jan. 22-24: Key West Harbour King Mackerel Tournament. Key West. Anglers use fast boats to target the voracious king mackerel, also known as kingfish, for cash prizes. Contact Lee Murray at (305) 296-0364, e-mail lee@murraymarine.com or write to Murray Marine, 5710 U.S. 1, Mile Marker 5, Key West FL 33040.

Jan. 25-26: Captain Al Flutie Over the Hill Sailfish Tournament. Islamorada. Anglers ages 50 and over are challenged to catch and release the most sailfish. Contact Bill Kelly at (305) 394-5333 or write to 130 Tequesta St., Tavernier, FL 33070; or contact Gary Ellis at (305) 664-2002, e-mail redboneinc@aol.com, visit redbone.org or write to P.O. Box 273, Islamorada FL 33036.

Jan. 27-28: Islamorada Fishing Club Sailfish Tournament. Islamorada. The historic fishing club offers a $30,000 winner-take-all cash prize in this sailfish challenge. The tournament is limited to 30 boats. Contact Dianne Harbaugh at (305) 852-2102 or (305) 664-4725, e-mail fishing@theislamoradafishinglclub.com or visit theislamoradafishingclub.com.

Jan. 29-30: Florida Keys Fishing Guides Association Swamp Guides Ball. Islamorada. This all-release event offers fishing for bonefish, redfish and snook in the shallows of the Florida Keys and the saltwater fringes of the Everglades. Contact Captain Rusty and Terry Albury at (305) 664-5142, e-mail talbury@aol.com or write to P.O. Box 303, Islamorada FL 33036.

Feb. 4-6: Billfish Bowl. An all-release sailfish tournament hosted by NFL legends Jimmy Johnson and Mike Ditka to raise money for the nonprofit group Gridiron Greats. The event will take place at the Big Chill bar and restaurant in Key Largo. Contact 866-203-2720 or visit billfishbowl.com.

Feb. 12-14: Islamorada Women’s Sailfish Tournament. Islamorada. This light-tackle challenge has female anglers facing off against the famous tail-dancers for trophies and prizes. Contact Tammie Gurgiolo at 305-852-9337, E-mail or write to 124 Tavern Drive, Tavernier FL 33070.

Feb. 16-17: Poor Girls Sailfish Tournament. Key Largo and Islamorada. This popular Keys tournament typically draws more than 200 anglers. Contact Sharon Mahoney Ellenwood at 305-664-2012 or E-mail.

Feb. 26-27: Backcountry Fly Championship. Islamorada. This new fly-fishing competition is to target snook and redfish in a region of the Keys that is famous for them. Contact Charlotte Ambrogio at 305-664-2444, E-mail or write to P.O. Box 1063, Islamorada FL 33036.

March 5-6: Backbone Lures “Fish ‘Til You Lose It.” Islamorada. Anglers compete to catch the finned denizens of the flats and backcountry, fishing with one lure or one fly until they lose it. Contact Paul Tejera via E-mail or visit backbonelures.com.

March 5-7: Captain Leon Shell Memorial Billfish Tournament. Key Colony Beach. Anglers pursue sailfish in honor of the late lure maker who made the Middle Florida Keys his home. The tournament benefits Hospice of the Florida Keys. Contact Terry Fisher at (305) 289-1310, E-mail or visit leonshelltournament.com or write to P.O. Box 510910, Key Colony Beach FL 33051-0910.

March 11-14: Florida Keys Survivor. Islamorada. In this backcountry elimination draw tournament, the winner is the sole survivor. Contact Sharon Mahoney Ellenwood at (305) 664-2012 or (305) 393-6174, or send an E-mail.

March 12-14: Key West Fishing Tournament Kick-Off. Key West & Lower Keys. Targeting multiple species, this annual challenge starts a season-long tournament that awards certificates for outstanding catches and prizes in a host of categories. Contact Doris Harris at (305) 295-6601, E-mail or visit keywestfishingtournament.com or write to P.O. Box 2154, Key West, FL 33045.

March 13 – Nov. 30: Key West Fishing Tournament, Inc. Key West & Lower Keys. This popular 8.5-month-long competition targets more than 40 species of fish. Contact Doris Harris at (305) 295-6601 or (800) 970-9056, E-mail or visit keywestfishingtournament.com or write to P.O. Box 2154, Key West, FL 33045.

April 7-9: Islamorada All-Tackle Spring Bonefish Tournament. Islamorada. Anglers compete to catch the gray ghost of the flats in the legendary shallows surrounding Islamorada. This all-release tournament features trophies and prizes. Contact Charlotte Ambrogio at 305-942-0428, E-mail or write to P.O. Box 1063, Islamorada FL 33036.

April 10: 7 Mile Marina Marathon Sharkathon. Marathon. Take a bite out of Marathon as anglers match skills in catching multiple shark species during this one-day, man-versus-shark release tournament. Contact Dan Rudacille 305-395-0546 or click here to register.

April 13-17: World Sailfish Championship. Key West. With a guaranteed top prize of $100,000, the prestigious sailfish challenge draws top teams and benefits the Don Shula Foundation for Breast Cancer Research, Camp Boggy Creek for youngsters with chronic and life-threatening illnesses, and other national and local charities. Contact Mike Weinhofer 305-395-3474 or 727-631-0072, E-mail, visit worldsailfish.com or write 2120 Range Road, Clearwater FL 33765.

April 16-18: Redbone @ Large Hawks Cay Sunrise/Sunset Tarpon Celebrity Tournament. Marathon. The event is one of approximately 30 Redbone celebrity tournaments that are held each year, with all proceeds benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Contact Gary Ellis at 305-664-2002, E-mail or visit redbone.org or write to P.O. Box 273, Islamorada FL 33036.

May 2-5: Tarponian Tournament. Marathon. Anglers target tarpon and vie for prizes in this high-energy event. Contact David Breznicky at 215-542-1492, E-mail or write to 118 W Butler Ave., Ambler PA 19002.

May 6-8: Marathon International Tarpon Tournament. Marathon. This all-release event is one of the longest-running tournaments targeting the mighty silver king. Contact Donna Vankirk at 305-289-2248, E-mail or write to 3740 Overseas Highway, Marathon FL 33050.

May 7-8: Mother’s Day Dolphin Tournament. Marathon. Dolphin fish are the target in this angling challenge to benefit Habitat for Humanity. Contact Michael Kiraly at 305-676-3019, E-mail or write to P.O. Box 500067, Marathon FL 33050.

May 14-16: Coconuts Dolphin Tournament. Key Largo. One of the largest-drawing tournaments in South Florida, this challenge named for a Key Largo restaurant pits anglers against dolphin fish. Contact Charles Mountain at 561-741-1124, E-mail or write to P.O. Box 2648, Key Largo FL 33037.

May 15-20: Faro Blanco Invitational Tarpon Tournament. Marathon. Anglers tangle with silver kings in an event named for a famous Marathon resort. The tournament is a fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House charities’ summer camp program. Contact Robert Traa at 609-645-1840, ext. 115, E-mail or write 776 West Black Horse Pike, Pleasantville NJ 08232.

May 17-19: Golden Fly Tarpon Tournament. Islamorada. This prestigious fly tournament for large tarpon benefits college scholarships for Keys students. Contact Charlotte Ambrogio at 305-664-2444, E-mail or write to P.O. Box 1063, Islamorada FL 33036.

May 22-23: 34th Annual Ladies Tarpon Tournament. Marathon. Women compete in this all-release tournament to catch tarpon in one of the longest-running tournaments in the Keys. Contact Donna Vankirk at 305-289-2248, E-mail or write to 3740 Overseas Highway, Marathon FL 33050.

May 29: Yamaha Dolphin Masters Invitational. Key West. Experienced offshore captains are to lead the chase for the colorful and acrobatic dolphin fish and a $15,000 first prize. Contact John Stuempfig at 305-304-7674, e-mail E-mail or write to P.O. Box 2418, Key West FL 33045.

June 2-3: Islamorada Fishing Club Captain’s Cup Dolphin Tournament. Islamorada. Anglers compete for a winner-take-all $25,000 jackpot for catching dolphin fish. Contact Theresa Reineman at 305-664-4735, E-mail, visit theislamoradafishingclub.com or write to P.O. Box 22, Islamorada FL 33036.

June 4-6: Islamorada Dolphin Tournament. Islamorada. Hosted by the Islamorada Charterboat Association, this second annual event is headquartered at Whale Harbor Marina, with $15,000 in prize money and an unlimited number of anglers. Contact Dianne Harbaugh at 305-852-2102 or E-mail.

June 7-11: Don Hawley Tarpon Tournament. Islamorada. The world’s top fly-rod anglers pursue the mighty silver kings in one of the most storied tournaments in the Keys. Contact Charlotte Ambrogio at 305-664-2444, E-mail or write to P.O. Box 1063, Islamorada FL 33036.

June 11-13: Big Pine & Lower Keys Dolphin Tournament. Big Pine Key. Anglers compete to catch dolphin fish, one of the most popular species in the Keys. The tournament features more than $25,000 in cash and prizes. Contact the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce at 305-872-2411 or 800-872-3722, E-mail, visit lowerkeyschamber.com or write to P.O. Box 430511, Big Pine Key FL 33043.

June 15-17: Women’s Fly Series – Tarpon. Islamorada. This invitational fly tournament for tarpon, open to men and women, benefits children’s charities. Contact Charlotte Ambrogio at (305) 664-2444, visit womensflyseries.com, E-mail or write to P.O. Box 1063, Islamorada FL 33036.

June 18-19: Island Grill Blue Water Dolphin Tournament. Islamorada. The event incorporates a one-day dolphin tournament, with an optional Father/Son Fun Fish on Father’s Day weekend, to benefit Baptist Hospital’s Children’s Cancer Center. Contact Jack McCormick at 305-664-8400, E-mail, visit keysislandgrill.com or write to 85501 Overseas Highway, Islamorada FL 33036.

June 19-21: Father’s Day Dolphin Derby. Marathon. Anglers are to celebrate Father’s Day by catching one of the most beautiful, best-tasting and fastest-growing fish in the sea to benefit the Marathon Youth Club. Contact Jack Carlson at 305-289-0199 or write to 11499 Overseas Highway, Marathon FL 33050.

June 21-25: Gold Cup Tarpon Tournament. Islamorada. Fly rodders compete to catch and release giant tarpon. Winners and their guides get their names engraved on the Gold Cup perpetual trophy. Tournament proceeds benefit children’s charities in the Keys. Contact Charlotte Ambrogio at 305-664-2444, E-mail or write to P.O. Box 1063, Islamorada, FL 33036.

June 25-27: Key West Gator Club Dolphin Derby. Key West. Anglers compete to catch dolphin fish, a plentiful summertime treat off the Keys. The derby raises money for college scholarships. Contact John Stuempfig at 305-304-7674, E-mail or write to P.O. Box 2418, Key West FL 33045.

June 25-27: Burdines Waterfront Dolphin & Blackfin Fun Fishing Tournament. Marathon. This 10th annual event sponsored by a popular local restaurant targets two of the finest-tasting fish in the Keys. Contact Brenda Duff at (305) 743-5317, E-mail or write to 1200 Oceanview Ave., Marathon FL 33050.

July 3: Conch Republic Ladies’ Dolphin Tournament. Key West. This competition is for women only, although male captains and mates are allowed. Contact John Stuempfig at 305-304-7674, E-mail or write P.O. Box 2418, Key West FL 33045.

July 9-11: Hawks Cay Mahi Fly (Redbone @ Large Series). Marathon. Professionalism, camaraderie and competition characterize this event that benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Contact Tammie Gurgiolo at 305-852-9337, E-mail or write to P.O. Box 432, Islamorada FL 33036.

July 13-15: Florida Keys Outfitters IGFA Inshore World Championship. Islamorada. Tournament winners from around the world compete for one of the most prized trophies in angling. The tournament features inshore fishing for permit, tarpon, bonefish, redfish and snook. Contact Denise Scoble or Sandy Moret at 305-664-5423, E-mail or write to P.O. Box 603, Islamorada FL 33036

July 21-23: Del Brown Permit Tournament. Key West. Anglers fly-fish on the flats for the powerful, speedy permit. The tournament honors the late angling pioneer Del Brown, who caught and released more than 500 permit off the Keys. Contact Charlotte Ambrogio at 305-664-2444, E-mail or write to P.O. Box 1063, Islamorada FL 33036.

July 21-24: Drambuie Key West Marlin Tournament. Key West. Anglers pursue the mightiest of the offshore species in the same waters plied by novelist Ernest Hemingway. The catch-and-release tournament, held in conjunction with Key West’s annual Hemingway Days celebration, offers more than $50,000 in guaranteed prize money. Contact Scott Greene at 305-292-2710, visit keywestmarlin.com or write to P.O. Box 5590, Key West FL 33045.

July 25-26: Islamorada Fishing Club RedGhost Stalk. Islamorada. Anglers compete to catch redfish and bonefish, the gray ghost of the flats. Winners qualify for the IGFA Inshore Championship. The tournament is open to anglers ages 11 to 25. Contact Jim and Sherri Trice at 305-664-3864, E-mail or write to P.O. Box 22, Islamorada, FL 33036.

Aug. 27-29: Islamorada Swordfish Tournament. Islamorada. Anglers compete to catch swordfish, a species that has recovered to healthy populations off the Keys. This modified release tournament benefits the Billfish Foundation. Contact Captain Richard Peeples at 305-282-1006, E-mail or visit miamiswordfishtournament.com.

Sept. 10-12: S.L.A.M. (Southernmost Light-Tackle Anglers Masters) Celebrity Tournament. Key West. In the first of the annual fall Redbone Trilogy events that raise money to fight cystic fibrosis, top anglers and celebrities target tarpon, permit and bonefish with light tackle. Contact Gary Ellis at 305-664-2002, E-mail, visit redbone.org or write to P.O. Box 273, Islamorada FL 33036.

Sept. 15-17: Islamorada Invitational Fall Fly Bonefish Tournament. Islamorada. Fly anglers are to pursue Islamorada bonefish, some of the largest and smartest in the world, at this all-release tournament. Contact Charlotte Ambrogio at 305-664-2444, E-mail or write to P.O. Box 1063, Islamorada FL 33036

Sept. 16-19: Marathon International Bonefish Tournament. Marathon. Some of the best bonefish anglers anywhere are to stalk the gray ghost of the flats in an area rich with them. This is an all-release spin or fly event. Contact Nancy Ponzoa at 305-394-7758 or E-mail, call Laural Keating at 305-743-6654 or write to P.O. Box 500914, Marathon FL 33050.

Sept. 17-19: Take Stock in Children Backcountry Challenge. Key Largo. Anglers fish for snook and redfish to benefit a statewide scholarship program. Contact Sue Finney at 305-451-2467, E-mail or write to P.O. Box 252, Key Largo FL 33037.

Sept. 25-26: Herman Lucerne Memorial Backcountry Tournament. Key Largo. Up to 100 anglers will be competing for snook, tarpon, redfish, sea trout, snapper, bonefish and black drum against the backdrop of Everglades National Park. Contact Charlotte Ambrogio at 305-664-2444, or write to P.O. Box 1063, Islamorada FL 33036.

Oct. 1-3: Mercury Baybone Celebrity Tournament. Key Largo. The second of three tournaments in the annual Redbone Trilogy, the Baybone targets permit and bonefish to raise money for cystic fibrosis research. Contact Gary Ellis at 305-664-2002, E-mail, visit redbone.org or write to P.O. Box 273, Islamorada FL 33036.

Oct. 6-8: Women’s Fall Fly Classic – Multiple Species. Previously called the Women’s World Invitational Fly Championship Bonefish Series, the revamped all-release, fly-only tournament is to have anglers fishing for four different species. Contact Charlotte Ambrogio at 305-664-2444, visit womensflyseries.com/index.html, or write to P.O. Box 1063, Islamorada FL 33036.

Oct. 11-15: Bonefishing World Championship / Islamorada All-Tackle Bonefish Tournament. Islamorada. Some of the best bonefish anglers compete to catch and release the gray ghost of the flats. Proceeds are to be donated to local charities. Contact Charlotte Ambrogio at 305-664-2444, E-mail or write to P.O. Box 1063, Islamorada FL 33036.

Oct. 15-16: Casting for Cats. Islamorada. This one-day ladies’ all-tackle backcountry tournament raises money for local charities. Contact Sharon Mahoney Ellenwood at 305-664-2012 or 305-393-6174, visit castingforcats.org or E-mail.

Nov. TBA: Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing. Islamorada. Female anglers polish their skills and fish in an event sponsored by the fishing education and advocacy group Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing! Contact Betty Bauman at 954-475-9068, E-mail, visit ladiesletsgofishing.com or write to P.O. Box 550429, Fort Lauderdale FL 33355.

Nov. 5-7: Mercury Redbone Celebrity Tournament. Islamorada. Celebrities and other anglers catch bonefish and redfish to raise money for cystic fibrosis research in the final event of the annual Redbone Trilogy. Contact Gary Ellis at 305-664-2002, E-mail, visit redbone.org or write to P.O. Box 273, Islamorada, FL 33036.

Nov. 27-28: Islamorada Fishing Club Junior Derby. Islamorada. All species count for points in this competition for young anglers, with the most points awarded for bonefish and permit. Contact Jim and Sherri Trice at 305-664-3864, E-mail or write to P.O. Box 22, Islamorada FL 33036.

Dec. 2-5: Islamorada Sailfish Tournament. Islamorada. This competition is the first leg of the triple-crown Florida Keys Gold Cup Championship Series. The tournament is one of the oldest in the Florida Keys. Contact Dianne Harbaugh at 305-852-2102, E-mail, visit islamoradasailfishtournament.com or write to P.O. Box 462, Islamorada, FL 33036.

Dec. 8-9: Islamorada Fishing Club Captain’s Cup Sailfish Tournament. Islamorada. Anglers compete for a winner-take-all $25,000 jackpot for catching and releasing sailfish. Contact Dianne Harbaugh at 305-852-2102, E-mail, visit islamoradasailfishtournament.com or write to P.O. Box 22, Islamorada FL 33036.

Dec. 10-12: Captain Don Gurgiolo Sailfish Classic. Islamorada. This all-release tournament offers anglers a chance to pursue sailfish in Captain Don’s memory. Contact Tammie Gurgiolo at 305-852-9337, E-mail or write to P.O. Box 432, Islamorada FL 33036.

Dec. 17-19: Islamorada Junior Sailfish Tournament. Islamorada. Now in its 45th year, the event allows anglers through age 16 to target sailfish. All anglers are to receive trophies. Contact Tammie Gurgiolo at 305-852-9337, E-mail or write to 124 Tavern Drive, Tavernier FL 33070.

The Florida Keys Attract Adventure-Minded Spring Breakers

Kiteboarding in the Florida Keys

The Florida Keys offer a whole new crop of adventure sports and outdoor activities for Spring Breakers who want to do more than lie around on the beach.

Online PR News – 26-February-2010 – With a new twist on the old Spring Break theme, the Florida Keys offer Spring Breakers cool new things to do on the water. Visitors can now try kiteboarding and stand up paddling, in addition to traditional water sports activities like diving, fishing, jet ski tours, and snorkeling. Once again the Florida Keys represent a cool, trendy, hot place to be on Spring Break. Not since the 1980’s have the 120-mile chain of island been a top pick for Spring Break destinations, except for a brief dance with trendiness during the run of a reality show set in Key West played out on tv.

Kiteboarding is the hottest new trend to hit the waters of the Florida Keys, exploding onto the scene with as much intensity as an experienced flyer ‘smacking the lip’, to borrow from kiteboarding lingo. Taking advantage of winter winds, kiteboarding is fun, easy, and thrilling every time. Beginners can take lessons, or experienced flyers can join a charter that gets them directly onto the water and flying high.

Stand up paddling, another hot new trend in Keys travel, is a great workout and an exciting way to explore to boot. Better in shallow water and on calm days, this new sport combines the maneuverability of kayaking with the coordination and challenge of surfing. Explore mangrove islands, as you wind your way through the back country of the Florida Keys.

Adding to the roster of exciting new activities in the Keys is the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail, a multi use green trail extending from Key Largo to Key West. Using old bridges on the Overseas Highway as focal points, the Heritage Trail will allow cyclists to bike safely the entire extent of the Florida Keys. This season, with the Heritage Trail in its beginning stages of development, visitors can bike (or run, walk, or skate) two major sections of trail: MM 106 to MM82, between Key Largo and Islamorada, and MM 58 to 47, which is Marathon to the entrance of the Seven Mile Bridge. Each year there will be more miles added, until riders can bike from Key Largo to Key West without competing for space with motor vehicles.

For those who love the outdoors, physical activity, and the Florida Keys, these new developments in adventure activities are truly exciting news. For Spring Breakers, it’s a whole new set of reasons to visit the Keys. For more information on visiting the Florida Keys on Spring Break or any other time, visit http://www.keystravel.info You’ll find info on camping, fishing, snorkeling, tours, and pretty much anything else you can think of.

Top 10 Things To Do In Key West

Your vacation trip to Florida is not complete without a visit to Key West, the southern most point of the United States. Unlike anywhere else in the United States, Key West’s history is amazing and intriguing-abundant with colorful characters, spine-tingling adventures, famous and infamous talents and distinct architecture, set in the world’s most marvelous haven of eco-splendor.

Today millions of people flock to Key West to witness its beauty, to raise a raucous, to be captivated by its entrancing allure and to experience true Key West vacations-once-in-a-lifetime getaways not to be forgotten. Despite an influx of cruise ships, and tourism over the years, which has upped the traffic on the main drag Duval Street, the island city still movesto its own beat. The adventures are limitless in this offbeat town at the end ofthe road. I have listed the attractive and exciting top ten things to do in Key West, Florida below with links to the attractions websites and pictures.

Bars & Nightlife in Key West, Florida

Key West boasts a broad spectrum of bars and lounges that cater to the thirsty traveler. You should check out Sloppy Joe’s, Captain Tony’s, The Bull and Whistle, Margaritaville, The Afterdeck at Louie’s Backyard, The Green Parrot, and the bars with their incredible female impersonators. You’ll find it all while doing “The Duval Crawl”, local-speak for wandering bar to bar with a to-go cocktail cup in your hand walking on the Duval street.

Water sports are great. From snorkeling to parasailing, boat rides, cruises you can find them all.

The Overseas Highway drive south is wonderful. When you begin driving over the long bridges and see the watery expanses dotted with islands near and in the distance, you realize that you really are driving out into the sea. The Overseas Highway, An approximate 110-mile stretch of highway through the Keys.

Key West Cruises:

To enjoy the islands of the Florida Keys, you should plan on taking a Key West cruise. You won’t soon forget the warm, emerald water, the dolphin playing, and the superb tropical view. It is all beautiful, relaxing, and certainly good for your soul. Fort Jefferson at the Dry Tortugas-a day here is one of the best things to do while visiting Key West.

Dry Tortugas National Park Ferry, Yankee Freedom II

Yankee Freedom ferry

The Fort Jefferson Dry Tortugas National Park is one of the top Key West attractions. Almost 70 miles west of Key West, nestled among coral reefs, and white sandy beaches, lie seven remote islands called the Dry Tortugas. One of the must do things in Key West, fl. When you visit, you are treated to one of the most unique National Parks in the world. These seven islands are a rare combination of natural and historic resources. Not only are you surrounded by a vast expanse of sea, sky, sandy beaches, and coral reef, but you step into a park rich in history including a 19th century Civil War fort, the largest brick structure in the Western Hemisphere. Cruise in spacious comfort aboard The Yankee Freedom II, the fastest, largest and most state-of-the-art vessel ferrying passengers to the Dry Tortugas National Park.

Dolphin Encounter in Key West

Schools of wild dolphins inhabit the waters surrounding Key West, and there are several small companies willing to take you out in search of these magical creatures in their natural habitat. These are usually small “six-pack” boats which take 4 hour trips in the early morning or at mid-day to what is called the “dolphin playground”. Dolphins are curious, friendly, but wild mammals that are protected by stringent federal regulations. Visitors are not allowed to feed, touch or swim with dolphins in Key West. They may, however, come up to the boat and frolic and jump for your pleasure and leave you overjoyed at this unforgettable meeting. Next, your guide will then take you to some wonderful backcountry snorkeling spots to see live coral, sponges, and colorful tropical fish. Keep in mind that dolphin are wild animals and, although the captains do an excellent job of finding them each day, their presence is never guaranteed. The pristine beauty of their home, though, will never disappoint. Dolphin watching should be in your list of top ten things to do in Key West, Florida.

Danger Charters

Danger Charters in Key West, Fl

When you sail with Danger Charters, you sail to another world and time; to a place where the wildlife is still “wild”, and your interaction with nature is intimate and authentic. You feel as if you’ve stepped back in time, back to the days when the Florida Keys backcountry was home to traditional, shallow-draft sailing craft, captained by local water men that had grown up sailing and navigating the notorious shallows and challenging narrow channels of the Florida Keys. Both The Danger and Danger’s Prize are traditional American sailing craft known as “Skipjacks”. These boats were originally designed and built to dredge oyster beds in the Chesapeake Bay region during the late 19th century. In the early 1900s, Skipjacks were sailed down to the Florida Keys to work as sponging and fishing vessels. Their shallow design, coupled with a huge amount of sail area, make these vessels ideal for sailing the backcountry. There is no better way to experience the incredible natural beauty of the Keys than under a cloud of sail, in shallow and protected waters that provide flat seas even on the windiest of days!

Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square

Everyone comes to Mallory Square for the sunset. One of the must-see top 10 things to do in Key West Fl is to enjoy the beautiful sunset. There are lots of entertainers, such as jugglers, tightrope walkers and trained animals. Take your favorite drink and have your camera ready when the sun goes down.

Sunset Celebration takes place at Mallory Square in Key West, Florida. The participants of this Key West attraction consist of arts and crafts exhibitors, street performers, food carts, psychics and of course the thousands of tourists from around the world who visit this Key West art show. Each night around two hours before sunset masses of people, both locals and tourists alike, flock to the water’s edge to experience a multicultural happening and to watch the sun sink into the Gulf of Mexico.

Key West Aquarium

http://www.keywestaquarium.com

Excellent little attraction. Opened in 1934, this educational and entertaining aquarium features diverse exhibits on sea life in the area and live demonstrations. Wander among the many varieties of marine life or take a guided tour. One of the major attractions of the aquarium includes daily feedings of shark and fish. Children usually enjoy the touching area, where visitors can touch marine creatures in shallow pools. Definitely one of the top ten things to do in Key West, Florida.

When the Key West Aquarium opened for business during the Great Depression in 1934 it was the islands first tourist attraction. At the time, Key West was the only city completely on federal relief after turning over it’s charter to state and federal governents.

Today, the Aquarium educates, fascinates, and amuses the millions of visitors to Key West with unique and wonderful marine creatures. Shark feeding, Touch Tank, and sting ray exhibits are not to be missed. Open Daily 10 am – 6 pm.

Key West Conch Tour Train

Key West Conch Tour Train

Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride, as the Conch Tour Train takes you on a 90-minute journey through the remarkable evolvement of Key West. Conch Tour Train – a good way to get the lay of the island. The Conch Tour Train has taken millions of visitors all over the island in their bright yellow “trains” since 1958. The well-narrated 90 minute tour, covering more than 100 unusual and historic sites, acquaints you with the layout of the town. Depots are located in Mallory Square and on Roosevelt Boulevard. Trains leave every thirty minutes from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. $29 for adults, $14 for children. Online discounts are available.

FURY WATER ADVENTURES

FURY WATER ADVENTURES, Key West fl

One Key West’s most popular attractions is the crystal blue waters surrounding the island paradise. For almost three decades visitors and locals alike have been choosing Fury Water Adventures as their #1 excursion in and on the waters of Key West. Choose from a variety of activities-Snorkeling, Sunset sails/cruises, parasailing, Glass bottom boat, Private Charters and our most popular trip “the all inclusive” Fury Ultimate Adventure which includes reef snorkeling, parasailing, jet skiing, kayaking, rock climbing, water trampoline and much more. Fury Water Adventures is committed to the beautiful world of nature that we delight in showing Key West visitors that we are a member of 1% for the planet. This means that 1% of all Fury ales goes to non-profit organizations concerned with the conservation and restoration of the coral reef. If you like water sports, this should definitely be the topmost thing to do in Key West, Florida.

Audubon House Key West, Florida

Audubon House Tropical Gardens

The Audubon House Museum-former home of Key West’s first harbor pilot. The family home of Captain John Geiger, Key West’s first Harbor pilot. He had made his fortune as a wrecking master salvaging ships that foundered on the treacherous reefs.

This elegant 1846 example of American Classic Revival architecture is a perfect setting for the work of one of America’s first truly original artists, John James Audubon. I think this belongs to the top ten list of things to do in Key West, Florida.

A wonderful tropical garden in the back is very enjoyable with collections of orchids, palm trees, and lilly pool. See picture on the side.You can also do self guided audio tours daily. Their gallery of antique lithographs is across the street, and for collectors and admirers or Audubon’s work, it is well worth a visit.

Some tips – Travel to keywest florida

  • Bring comfortable shoes. You will enjoy walking on the side streets in Key West, especially on Duval street.
  • Pack a motion sickness preventative if you plan to go on boat rides.
  • Shorts and tees are the island uniform. Very casual and the pace of life is slow and very laidback.
  • Don’t forget to bring sunblock. It gets real hot in Key West.

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New Logo Design

With much thought and commitment, Robert Allen has unveiled his new brand logo. The unique design with an ornate sword and stoic shield represents a mark similar to how Robert Allen has lived his whole life. While Allen proudly serves behind another shield, Key West Police Department, he feels the pride and significance to carry that belief into other ventures. The shield represents the continued courage and confidence to protect family, friends and new acquaintances. With the initials RA etched into the shield, the new beginning of the family crest has begun. The sword is a sign of strength… the strength to fight battles and win. One doesn’t need to ask what grand battles there are to fight, we all have our battles.

Majestic Sunsets in Key West

Every sunset in Key West is the same and every sunset is quite different. While it happens every night close to the same time… people come to the western part of the island and watch the magnificent sun falling behind the vastness of the Gulf of Mexico. Best Key West Charters provides lasting memories every time the sun sets. Bring family and friends and charter one of the finest yachts in all of Key West. Captain Robert Allen will show you how every sunset in Key West is unique.