We know summer is technically over and fall has begun. But the great part about Key Largo is that it certainly doesn’t feel like the fun is done! There may be a few more rainy days, but the temperatures are still warm enough that any moment the sun shines is a great time to head out onto the water and enjoy the beauties around us. Now, generally, we feel like any way you can get out on the water is a great idea — within reason, of course. But hey, if you can train a school of fish to carry you around Key Largo, we aren’t going to stop you. However, most people tend to stick to more practical means of exploring the Keys. One question we hear often is, “Which is better, kayak or jet skis?”
Don’t Make Us Choose!
Honestly, asking us to choose between kayaking and jet skis is a hard one. They’re both great options in their own rights! But trying to compare the two is like comparing apples and oranges — they’re both good for you, but they offer different nutrients. In this case, jet ski and kayak trips are both a ton of fun, but in different ways. There’s a reason we offer a “Do It All” package that lets you enjoy jet ski and kayak rentals on the same day (plus parasailing, too).
Jet Ski Trips
When you want to feel the wind rushing past and the exhilaration of speeding over open water, jet skis are the way to go. A jet ski rental gives you the freedom to ride the waves and take in all that the Florida Keys have to offer — that’s Gulf-side, the Atlantic Ocean, and plenty of inland waterways, if you feel so inclined. You don’t have to stick around Key Largo, either. With the speed of a jet ski, you can follow Highway 1 down to Key West, skimming past the other keys on your way.
Kayak rentals and tours offer the same freedom as jet skis, but at your own pace. In point of fact, kayak rentals actually offer you even more freedom than jet skis do. They’re slimmer and shallower, plus they aren’t motorized, so kayaks can venture into a lot of waterways that jet skis can’t. If you want to weave your way into the mangroves, kayaks are going to let you go further and navigate more easily in occasionally narrow passageways. Kayak rental also means you can get closer to North America’s only living coral reef system! If you want to spend the day snorkeling around the reefs, a kayak will help you get closer and do so in a way that’s better for the reefs.
When it comes down to it, we still feel like neither jet skis nor kayaks are better than the other because they offer such different experiences. Instead of choosing, try out both options! Head out for a jet ski tour one day, and spend the next exploring the Keys by kayak — or connect with Keys Skis and Adventure to do it all! Reserve your adventure online today!