Top 4 Eco-Tours in Key West

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Visiting a destination as picturesque as Key West guarantees a vacation full of scenic wonder and outdoor exploration. Whether you’re basking in the sun as you relax on the pristine beaches or exploring beyond the shore on a local tour, there’s no end to the opportunities you have to experience in the Nation’s southernmost point. If you’re looking to lessen your carbon footprint during your stay, or if you want to recharge away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist hot spots, there are lots of ways to enjoy an environmentally friendly vacation. Check out the top four eco-tours in Key West and add some of them to your itinerary on your next visit!

Tour the Mangroves and Backcountry

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One of the best things to do in Key West has got to be booking a kayaking tour through the shallows of the mangroves. Surrounded by gentle, crystal-clear water, you’ll see tons of native marine life and learn all about the fascinating habitats and landscapes that make Key West so unique. From sea stars and jellies to tropical fish and aquatic birds, every trip brings new experiences. Perfect for kids ages 6 and up, this is an excellent family activity. When it comes to one of the best kayaking tours in Key West, be sure to check out Lazy Dog. Their 2-hour excursions take place daily at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM and happen rain or shine!

Sandbar Snorkeling Eco-Tour

If you’re looking for an intimate outing to some of Key West’s most pristine waters, then creating your own adventure with Key West Eco Tours is a must. Head out on their brand-new shallow draft bowrider boat on a personally curated tour. From clear-water sandbars to patch reefs, the open waters of Key West’s backcountry are your playground. With a 6-guest maximum, you’ll have the undivided attention of your skilled captain as they narrate your journey and give you incredible insights and stories about the area. Tours last 3 and a half hours, and your snorkeling gear is provided, as well as light refreshments of water and soft drinks. You’re also welcome to bring your own aboard! Check out this exceptional eco-tour on your next Key West visit!

Sunset Dolphin Cruise

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If you’re visiting between April and October, don’t miss the chance to book one of the best boat tours in Key West with Honest Eco’s Sunset Sail and Dolphin Search cruise. Spread out on the bow of a stunning catamaran as you cruise the brilliant blue water in search of bottlenose dolphins, and enjoy the evening as the sky is painted in vibrant reds, pinks, and oranges. As the sun sinks below the horizon, keep a watch for the elusive green flash! Bring your cameras and prepare for a wonderful evening of calm water sailing. With small groups and expert staff, your sunset cruise is guaranteed to provide not only an intimate and peaceful evening but also an opportunity to learn about one of the friendliest creatures in the Key West waters.  

Let Loose on Land

If you’re looking for an eco-tour that keeps you on dry land during your Key West vacation, Key Lime Bike Tours has you covered! Located right off Duval Street in the middle of Old Town, this 5-star tour lets you customize your trip to suit your every need. Want to visit historic landmarks? No problem! From Hemmingway’s old haunts to the popular Southernmost Buoy, you can see it all. Each rider gets a single-speed beach cruiser bike complete with a basket for belongings, a helmet (optional), bottled water, and sunscreen. With tours in the morning and afternoon, you can easily fit this eco-friendly adventure into your itinerary. Did we mention, at the end of your ride, you’ll be treated to a delicious slice of award-winning key lime pie?! Book this unique tour and discover why it’s been voted Key West’s #1 land excursion.”

Best Place to Stay in Key West

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As you check out these top four eco-tours in Key West and consider which ones to add to your plans, be sure to extend the eco-conscious decision to where you stay as well! At Dwell Key West, you’ll enjoy a boutique experience that connects you to the vibrant Key West community. Our charming and cozy accommodations are full of character and deliver on every level. From prime locations near all the city’s attractions to elegant furnishings that elevate your experience, you’ll find it all here. Check out our available properties and book your next Key West vacation directly with Dwell Key West.