How to Have the Best Paddle Weekend in Key West

Located at the very end of US 1, Key West is the final and most famous destination in the Florida Keys. More than just the original Margaritaville, this island offers a smorgasbord of exciting paddling options. Here are four ways to have best paddle weekend ever in Key West!

Dry Tortugas National Park | Location: 70 Nautical Miles West of Key West

Accessible only by boat or seaplane, this 100-square-mile national park consists of stunning blue water and seven small islands. It is also home to Fort Jefferson, the largest masonic structure in the Americas with over 16 million bricks. Surrounded by vibrant turquoise waters, paddling around the fort is an unforgettable experience.

Eat at Schooners Wharf | Location: Mile Marker 0

Originally located on the Schooner Diamante, this legendary bar has earned its slogan, “The Last Little Piece of Old Key West.” Eclectic nautical decor, live music and cheap drinks are all hallmarks of this quintessential watering hole.

Paddle Tours with Lazy Dog | Location: Key West

For those looking to catch a glimpse of Key West’s wild side, paddle tours through winding mangrove creeks teeming with wildlife are available through local paddlesports outfitter, Lazy Dog. The tours are a fun and unique way to get up close to Key West’s unmatched ecological offerings.

Sunset in Mallory Square | Location: Mile Marker 0

This nightly celebration brings visitors from around the globe together to watch the sun set into the Gulf of Mexico. Thrilling street performances including juggling, live music and magic shows combine to create an incredible cultural scene. As an iconic part of Key West culture, it’s something you need to see to believe.

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The article was originally published on Standup Paddling

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