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Tour Key West by Jet Ski

Summer is officially here! Of course here at the Southernmost Point of the continental United States, it has felt like summer for quite some time. When it heats up like this, I start searching for ways to cool off.

One way in particular will not only cool you off but I promise will be the ride of your life. Taking a jet ski out into the gorgeous waters off our little slice of paradise is a total blast, but I need to give you a few tips to make sure that you have the time of your life.

There are a LOT of companies here in Key West that offer jet ski rentals, but beware, not all jet ski companies are created equal. Unfortunately there are some “fly-by-night” folks around here that truly are here today and gone tomorrow. It’s always best to educate yourself so that you spend your time and money wisely.

Things that you should be on the look out for:
– If the deal seems a little too good to be true; it most likely is.
– Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions. Make sure that the equipment is in good shape and well-maintained.
– If you are going to rent a jet ski to ride on your own, be sure you understand how big a riding area you are allowed to navigate in. Several places won’t let you out of sight of their operations base and give you a very limited area to ride in.
– If you decided after arriving here that you want to go for a ride, don’t be shy to ask around about where to go. The locals know which companies will treat you right.

Having said all that, I do have 3 companies that I like very much. They aren’t the only reputable jet ski businesses in town, but these 3 do have a very consistent track record.

In no particular order:

Barefoot Billy’s

Billy’s now has two locations. They are located at the south end of Simonton Street, on the Atlantic side of Key West, right next to The Reach Resort and at the Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel on the North Western tip of the island on the Gulf side. They provide both jet ski rentals and an amazing jet ski tour. Billy prides himself on making sure that his guests have a great time. To that end, all of Barefoot Billy’s staff are helpful, friendly, and very knowledgable. I have had several guests come back and tell me that the tour exceeded their expectations.

Check out this video to get an idea of what it’s like to go for an adventure with Barefoot Billy’s:

Fury Water Adventures

Fury is located at the far North end of Duval Street very near Mallory Square. They have surf shops and kiosks all over the island, so trust me, you won’t have any trouble finding them. They offer a ton of great activities and I have to say that they have a unique twist on jet ski fun.

They offer a day trip called the Ultimate Adventure that includes jet skiing, parasailing snorkeling, and kayaking. The trip sets sail on a 65′ Catamaran at 10:00 AM. They serve breakfast while you make your way out to the reef for snorkeling. Then another sail takes you to Fury’s adventure island for a picnic lunch and jet skiing, parasailing, and kayaking. This trip is a total blast, especially if you want to try out several water sports.

Island Water Sports

This group is located in the marina at the Westin Resort, not far from Fury. Like Barefoot Billy’s, they offer jet ski rentals and an island tour. What’s really cool, in my mind, is that since they are located on the other side of the island from Billy’s you can get a great view of the sunset as you wind up your afternoon cruise. Again customer service is top-notch and they will take great care of you.

For more information about planning any Key West activities as well as bookings please just ask me either by leaving a comment, by email, or on Twitter. I would be happy to help!

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Key West Beaches
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Key West: Invitation to Paradise

Spring is in the air at last.  The days are getting longer, the sun is getting warmer, and life of all sorts is getting ready to burst forth in bloom.  All around us, we feel a change coming on, a time for something new.

Even here in Key West, we are welcoming the warm coming of Spring.  It’s been an unusually cold and wet winter here.  Many in the local tourist trade have had to scramble to come up with alternatives to our usual warm weather offerings.  But, as always, we have managed to greet unusual circumstances with a laid-back, no-worries, Island attitude.

And now that Spring is renewing us all, I think I will try something new.

* * * This Blog * * *

For a while now, I have been tweeting away, commenting on Facebook, and extolling the virtues of my island paradise to anyone who is willing to listen.  To my great pleasure, many have stuck around to become friends.

From the very first time I visited, Key West captured my heart.  I have a passion for this place and the amazing people that live here.  It is that passion I want to share with all others out there that have ever longed for an island get away.

So, come along!  Rent a scooter and see the Key West I love so much, up close and personal.

I want to share so much with you.  Let me treat you to a Key West vacation like only a Floridian can.  I want to introduce you to not only all the fantastic hotels on the island, but also the little out of the way accommodations like historic B&Bs, beautiful vacation bungalows, and all the wonderful people that live to welcome visitors to our island.

Let me show you how to get around like a local.  It’s amazing how much freedom you can find on a scooter or in a little electric car.  Just imagine all the sights I can show you when we don’t have to stick to someone’s tour schedule.

There are so many wonderful things to see and do here.  It’s almost impossible to know where to start.

What do you think?  Have you even been here before?  What is your favorite memory of Key West?

If you haven’t been here yet, what do you most want to do?

Let me be your guide to fond memories and the open door to wonderful new ones, here in Key West.



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