5 Best Half-Day Boating Activities in Key West​

5 Best Half-Day Boating Activities in Key West

You Just Booked a Half-Day Boat Rental in Key West. What’s Next?

Renting a boat in Key West is one of the best ways to spend your vacation. There are endless, exciting activities to do on the water, so the question becomes, “What should I do?” We asked some of our experts at Spencer’s Boatyard for the top 5 activities guests enjoy most during their half-day on the gorgeous, turquoise Key West waters.
Woman on a boat in Key West

5 Best Boating Activities for Your Half-Day Boat Rental

Turquoise Women’s Key Sandbar

Visit Sandbars:

Key West has four main sandbars that locals and guests frequent. The sandbars are called “Snipes Point Sandbar,” “Boca Grande Sandbar,” “Jewfish Sandbar,” and “Women’s Key Sandbar.” All boats provided by Spencer’s Boatyard have maps to each sandbar built into the navigation system so you don’t get lost on your way there.

Bring some booze (or mocktails) and floaties for ultimate relaxation while anchored! You can swim, sunbathe, and even bring a net to catch minnows swimming in the shallow water. Going to the sandbar is also a very safe activity for families with children, as the crystal clear, shallow waters allow parents and children to swim without large waves or strong currents.


Key West is known for its fantastic fishing due to its diverse selection of fish like grouper, snapper, yellowtail, and more! Fishing enthusiasts will find plenty to love about renting a boat from Spencer’s, as we can provide you with gear and all kinds of fishing equipment!

Whether you’re a seasoned angler or trying fishing for the first time, Key West offers endless opportunities to reel in the catch of the day. Cruise to your favorite fishing spot or one of our recommended spots, drop an anchor, cast your line into the pristine waters, and see what you can catch!
Man fishing Snapper in Key West
Snorkeling in Key West water


For vacationers eager to see what’s beneath the surface, Key West offers some of the best snorkeling and reef exploration! With your boat, you have the ability to seek out hidden snorkeling spots and vibrant coral reefs teeming with colorful fish and marine life. Fantastic and exciting snorkeling spots are scattered throughout Key West’s waters, each offering its unique underwater experience.

There are numerous snorkeling spots like Looe Key Reef, Eastern Dry Rocks Reef, and more that you can check out with your boat rental! Snorkeling is even better if you bring an underwater camera to take photos of all the cool fish you see! Ask us at Spencer’s for reef recommendations and we are more than happy to give you directions to some of our favorite spots. Dive in and immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the underwater world this summer!


Paddleboarding is more than just a recreational activity; it’s a way of immersing yourself in the serene beauty of the island’s sprawling coastal landscapes. Picture yourself standing atop a paddleboard, gently gliding across the glistening surface of the ocean, with the warm sun on your skin and a gentle sea breeze following you as you paddle.

Nothing is better than floating on the water’s surface without a care in the world in the island paradise of Key West. Paddleboarding is relaxing and safe, making it one of the best vacation activities! Paddleboarding is also a great activity for children above the age of 8. Also, tandem paddleboarding with children of all ages and adults is fun!
Woman Paddleboarding in Key West ocean
Key West Mangroves and Wildlife

Explore Mangroves:

The mangrove forests of Key West are a hidden gem waiting to be explored by you! Offering a glimpse into a world of intricate waterways, lush foliage, and teeming biodiversity, exploring the mangroves is a must-do while on vacation this summer.

These unique ecosystems serve as nurseries for juvenile fish, provide habitat for birds and marine life, and act as natural buffers against erosion and storm surges. Make sure to check them out when on vacation and discover the incredible wildlife that Key West has to offer!

Don’t Wait! Book Your Next Adventure, Now!

Key West is a playground for boating and aquatic enthusiasts of all ages due to its natural beauty, vibrant marine life, and endless opportunities for aquatic adventure. With Spencer’s Boatyard as your trusted planning and boating partner, renting a boat and exploring what this island has to offer is just a click of a button away. So why wait? Book your rental, hoist the sails, get your snorkels, and let the adventure begin!

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5 Best Boating Activities Key West