Located on the southern tip of the Florida Keys, Key West is a welcome escape from cosmopolitan Miami. And thanks to a sub tropical climate and compact geography, it’s easy to get moving on land and sea. Here are four amped-up outdoor activities.


Rent a cruiser from Eaton Bikes and start the day with a spin along the shoreline paths and residential streets of Key West. Stop for a photo at the Continental United States’ Southernmost Point buoy, at the corner of South and Whitehead streets, which proclaims “90 miles to Cuba.”

Sport fishing

The waters around Key West are magnets for sport fishers. Book a fishing charter and angle for marlin, swordfish and sailfish in the deep sea or for tarpon, bonefish and snook in the backcountry, an uninhabited area of mangrove islands, bays, channels and flats on the Gulf of Mexico side of the island.

Water sports

Paddle around the tranquil backcountry on a kayak tour with Key West Eco Tours—keeping an eye out for marine birds, turtles, dolphins and other native fauna. Or, kiss tranquility goodbye and roar around the island—from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico and back—on a jet-ski tour with Barefoot Billy’s.

Sunset sailing

Spend an evening on Danger Charters’ Wind & Wine Sunset Sail. Stand under the schooner’s sails, take in the setting sun’s dramatic oranges, reds and yellows and toast your wise decision to visit this end-of-the-road town.

Getting there: WestJet flies to Miami six times a week from Toronto, and to Fort Lauderdale 22 times a week from Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City.