It’s a tale as old as the Caribbean itself—watching the colors of a fiery sunset disappear on the western horizon, while gently floating out at sea and feeling the ocean breeze.
Most of the Key West sunset cruises depart from the Historic Seaport, and once you’ve made it out of the harbor and head towards the open sea, you’ll have the chance to join the crew in helping to hoist the sails. Many Key West sunset cruises are aboard wooden tall ships and schooners, where the unfurling of the sails and the creak of the rigging help to add a romantic allure to an already romantic eve. Pop open a bottle of champagne or sip a glass of fine wine, and snack on hors d’oeuvres as you sail towards the Caribbean Sea. Most of the Key West sunset cruises are only two hours long, but that’s still enough time to pass classic sites such as Fort Zachary Taylor, as well as the Mallory Square sunset celebration that takes place on shore each night.
Finally, while most sunset sails keep their groups to 25 people or less, travelers who want an exclusive experience can hire a private sailboat and crew for sailing off into the sunset. Combine the day with an afternoon of snorkeling the colorful coral reef, and finish the day with a drink in hand as the wind moves you slowly along.