May is a gorgeous month to visit Key West – the days are long, the sky is clear and the Royal Poinciana trees are ablaze in fiery orange blooms! As peak tourist season winds down, it’s as if the island catches its breath before school lets out and summer sets in.
Race Around the Island on a Paddleboard
The island of Key West is relatively small, but if you’re one of the paddlers competing in the annual Key West Paddleboard Classic, the island suddenly seems a LOT bigger. Stand up paddlers, prone paddlers and kayakers come from across the country for this challenging, but oh-so-beautiful 12-mile race around Key West. There’s also a four-mile race for those not up for circumnavigating the island. The weekend also includes paddleboard clinics, a kids’ race and sprint and relay races. You’ll gain a greater appreciation for our “little” island when you see all 12 miles of its shoreline from the water, entirely on your own strength and stamina!
Spice Things up for Cinco de Mayo
Throw on your swimsuit and apply the sunblock, it’s time to hit the seas with Fury! Aboard our fleet of decked out catamarans you can celebrate Cinco de Mayo the way it was intended – on the water! We invite you to a Mexican fiesta like no other, with margaritas and delicious Mexican-style cuisine on select Fury trips. Choose from four of our most popular trips, Island Adventure, Ultimate Express, Ultimate Adventure and Commotion on the Ocean. There’s no better way to enjoy the holiday, and gorgeous May weather.
Party with World-Renowned Songwriters
Ask a local what their favorite week of the year is, and chances are they’ll say early May and the Key West Songwriters Festival. What began as a small gathering in 1985 has grown to be the premiere festival event for songwriters across the country. More than 150 award-winning songwriters perform 50+ shows over the course of five days and nights. It’s a unique opportunity to meet the people behind the famous songs and hear the stories behind the music. Most festival events are held at bars, hotels and theaters near the water, but Fury hosts two very special concert events on the water. Check out our Songwriters Festival Sunset Sails!
Pamper Mom in Island Style
Make this a Mother’s Day she’ll never forget! For the mom who enjoys the relaxation of breakfast in bed, treat her to Fury’s Island Adventure trip. Lounge atop a paddleboard or kayak as you explore the lush mangroves of the Key West backcountry. Then, grab your snorkeling equipment and dive into the warm, crystal blue waters. And for the mom who has an adventurous side, skip the traditional brunch and embark on a full-day Ultimate Adventure trip. You won’t have to decide on the perfect gift, because this trip includes everything from snorkeling and parasailing to jet skiing and kayaking. Not able to make it home for Mother’s Day but still want to treat her to something unforgettable? Purchase a gift certificate for her favorite Fury trip.
Eat Fresh and Sustainable Local Seafood
If you like seafood, then you’ll love Florida stone crab claws! Though their thick, hard shell requires a little work and bit of finesse to crack, the taste is well worth the effort. These locally caught crustaceans pair perfectly with cold beer or white wine! And the best part – stone crabs are a sustainable fishery! After the claws are removed, crabs are returned to the water alive and their claws regenerate after a few seasons. The fishery closes May 15, so be sure to get them before then or you’ll have to wait until mid-October when it reopens.
Rev up Your Memorial Day Weekend
Take advantage of the extended weekend with a trip to Key West. See the island from its best angle, on the water aboard a Sea Doo Jet Ski! During our Key West Jet Ski tour, you’ll explore remote mangrove islands in the backcountry and relax on a shallow water sandbar while following Fury’s expert guide on a scenic 28-mile trip. It may not officially be summer yet, but local Conchs like to consider Memorial Day weekend as the kickoff to summertime. Don’t forget your waterproof camera so that you can take pictures of famous Key West landmarks like Mallory Square and the Southernmost Point Buoy from a totally different, on-the-water perspective. And be sure to wave to the people on land who are no doubt taking pictures of you!
Enjoy Being a Minimalist
Key West hosts numerous boat races and regattas throughout the year, but none perhaps as colorful or memorable as the Schooner Wharf Minimal Regatta. You’ll be surprised by the crafty vessels participants are able to build with only one piece of plywood, two two-by-fours, a roll of duct tape and a pound of fasteners. The watercraft may not float long enough to complete the required course, but usually long enough for a photo opportunity! Costumed teams from local bars and restaurants vie for bragging rights in several categories.