Somewhere between the stunning stretch of barrier reef right off the Florida Keys and the clear, shallow waters of Smathers Beach, discover a rich array of exotic marine life as you paddle calm waters by kayak or paddleboard. Navigate the turquoise waters of the Atlantic while winding your way around mangrove creeks, sandy coastlines, and the island’s geological oddities like rock, coral, and marine vegetation in the Key West backcountry. Kayaks and paddleboards on Smather’s Beach are provided with your Resort Fee, if you’d like to book a kayak or paddle board excursion elsewhere on the island, please contact our concierge.
Known around the world for their compact, easy to use four-person catamarans, a Hobie Cat Sailboat is the ideal vessel for your own exploration of the Straights of Florida. At just 13 feet long, navigate these once treacherous waters with ease aboard your Hobie Cat rental and spend the afternoon surrounded by warm winds and the diverse ecology of the keys, keeping an eye out for marine life and sea turtles. Hobie Cat Sailboats on Smather’s Beach are provided with your Resort Fee, if you’d like to book a an excursion elsewhere on the island, please contact our concierge.
Winds of misfortune may have been what brought scores of shipwrecks to Key West, but lucky for you, the blend of currents, winds, and crystalline waters off of the Straits of Florida are also perfect for windsurfing. Open daily, head to Smathers Beach to grab a sail and board from Barbary Beach House’s exclusive onsite gear garage to seek out exceptional views of the palm-lined coast and the sparkling Atlantic Ocean.