The Keys are located in Monroe County, Florida. Even though the county includes portions of the Everglades and Big Cypress Preserve on the mainland, it is still 73 percent water. This means that Florida Keys boat tours comprise a major percentage of the tourism activity on the archipelago. Just about every kind of boat is available, from a glass bottom boat tour in Key West to snorkeling boat tours in Key Largo at John Pennekamp Coral Reef Park. You can even book eco boat tours in Key Largo that take you across Florida Bay to the mangrove islands off the coast of the Everglades.
Eco tours are often done on the water, and these kinds of Florida Keys boat tours often involve kayaking or canoeing, in order to have as little impact as possible on the fragile marine ecosystems. In the same spirit, you can take Key West boat tours that involve dolphin swims to interact with truly wild dolphins in their natural habitat. Sailing vessels are also available for boat tours and cruises.
Sometimes a boat tour doubles as a method of transportation. Key West boat tours also occur on the scenic, four-hour ferry ride from Fort Myers and Naples on the western coast of mainland Florida. This mode of transit is for people who want to avoid the expense of car rentals, as well as the long drive all the way across the state and down the 129-mile length of the archipelago, in addition to seeing the lovely scenery of the area. This is also true of the ferry that takes you from Key West 70 miles west to the uninhabited Dry Tortugas and Dry Tortugas National Park.