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Key West, Florida, is a vibrant and picturesque island city, famed not only for its colorful historical sites and lively street scenes but also as a gateway to the fascinating islands scattered around it. These islands offer serene beaches, lush habitats, and marine wonders, making them perfect destinations for memorable day trips. Here’s your guide to some of the best day trip ideas from Key West, ensuring you capture the essence of the Florida Keys.

Day Trip Ideas from Key West

Dry Tortugas National Park

Far beyond the everyday lies Dry Tortugas National Park, about 70 miles west of Key West. Accessible only by boat or seaplane, the park is known for its dramatic 19th-century Fort Jefferson, crystal-clear blue waters, and some of the most beautiful coral reefs in North America. Here, you can enjoy snorkeling, bird watching, and exploring the massive fort which once housed prisoners during the Civil War.

Bahia Honda State Park

Recognized for having some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, Bahia Honda State Park offers excellent snorkeling, swimming, and kayaking opportunities. Located just over an hour's drive from Key West, the park also features iconic Floridian wildlife and several easy trails, making it a great spot for families and nature lovers.

The Marquesas Keys

The Marquesas Keys, a collection of uninhabited islands about 30 miles west of Key West, form a natural atoll and are completely untouched by commercial development. These islands are perfect for a day of fishing, kayaking, or simply relaxing on a boat surrounded by nature’s silence, only disturbed by the occasional splash of a jumping fish or a bird diving for its prey.

Big Pine Key and the Lower Keys

Just a short drive from Key West, Big Pine Key offers the unique opportunity to see the endangered Key deer in their natural habitat, especially in the National Key Deer Refuge. The Lower Keys are also a quiet alternative to the busier Key West, with quaint restaurants, shops, and fewer crowds.

Saddlebunch Keys

A cluster of islands known for their shallow waters and beautiful mangrove ecosystems, the Saddlebunch Keys are just a short paddle away. These islands offer peaceful kayaking routes and are ideal for those looking to escape into nature and explore the serene backcountry waters.

Tips to Exploring Surrounding Islands from Key West

Choose Your Transport Wisely: Many islands are accessible only by water, so consider renting a boat or booking a guided tour.

Pack Essentials: Water, sunscreen, snacks, and environmental-friendly bags are must-haves.

Respect Wildlife and Nature: Keep a safe distance from wildlife and take care to leave no trace in these pristine natural environments.

Explore and Stay at the Best Resort: Ocean Pointe Suites

After a day of adventure exploring the islands around Key West, there’s no better place to relax and unwind than at Ocean Pointe Suites in Key Largo. As one of the premier resorts in the Florida Keys, Ocean Pointe Suites offers an exceptional blend of comfort and luxury in a breathtaking natural setting.

Why Choose Ocean Pointe Suites?

Exclusive Amenities: From a private sandy beach and a protected marina to tennis courts and a heated swimming pool, every detail is designed for your comfort.

Spacious Suites: Each suite provides a private balcony, full kitchen, and ample space, ensuring a home away from home experience.

Diverse Activities: Whether you're interested in snorkeling directly off the dock, exploring nearby attractions, or simply enjoying a meal at the waterfront café, there’s something for everyone.

Unwind in Style

After your exploratory trips, return to Ocean Pointe Suites to recharge in the lap of luxury. With its lush surroundings, exceptional amenities, and friendly staff, Ocean Pointe Suites isn't just a place to stay—it's a part of your Florida Keys experience.

Book your stay at Ocean Pointe Suites and turn your day trips from Key West into the vacation of a lifetime. From the moment you arrive, you’ll understand why this resort is considered the best in Key West for those who cherish the beauty of the Florida Keys. Discover, explore, and relax—your island adventure awaits!

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