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Key West, Florida

Join Conch Republic Charters on the water in Key West, Florida. Our captain provides everyone a chance to experience the backcountry the way the locals do. Charter a boat to the local sandbars and explore uninhabited offshore islands. Spot wildlife while cruising in comfort. All of our charters offer guests the opportunity to experience multiple activities (Sandbar, Snorkel, Dolphin Watching, Fishing) depending on the duration of the charter. We have the option to choose from our two charter boats. Our classic Tcraft is a local’s favorite for its stability and comfort was just completely rebuilt and is ready for your next sandbar adventure.

About The Captain

Your captain is a seventh-generation local of Key West. He’s been a captain for over 10 years and holds a 50-ton master’s license. He’s grown up on the water and enjoys sharing this piece of paradise with visitors and locals alike. His experience growing up here has given him the knowledge to get you to places other boats won’t go.


  • Seven or 9th generation (local family couldn’t count)
  • 50 Ton Master Captain
  • Private Pilot
  • Master Debater
  • Superb Snorkeler
  • Dolphin Whisperer
  • Designated Boat Driver
  • Future Legend

Destinations & Trips

Our Charters

My Favorite trip is going to different islands and sand bars to do some relaxing, sightseeing, and swimming. We can also Snorkel and go Dolphin Watching! Along the way is always an eco-tour as we get to enjoy many tropical birds and fish. We have beautiful sunset tours. The boat however is all yours on these fully custom private charters so we can do whatever your heart desires.


Sandbar Charter

Sandbar Charter – Spend the day exploring sandbars offshore of Key West.


Dolphin Charter

Cruise the waters off Key West while searching for dolphins & other local marine life.

DBD - Designated Boat Driver

Sunset Charter

Come along for a ride into the sunset. Get your front-row seats to the best show in the Florida Keys.

Sean W
Sean W
Just do it! We had an amazing time. It was the highlight actually of our 4 days in Key West! Captain Vaughn was so fun and really added to the experience. He has such a great vibe, great history of the area plus took us to really fun places to experience some beautiful sand bars. It was a truly authentic experience. Just book it. You will love it!
Maria S
Maria S
Great water experience Captain Vaughn was great! Really enjoyed the trip! Highly recommend! Water was amazing, great experience! Saw dolphins, sharks and rays
Two tickets to paradise Captain Vaughn brought the magic!! Sunset viewing location was awesome and the spots on out-lying keys he took us to visit were beautiful.
Excellent!! Vaughn and our experience was a delight. He offers a custom, unique experience. Very thoughtful and personable. Got to see some beautiful sandbars. We really enjoyed and would recommend!!
Lilly M
Lilly M
Highlight of my trip! I have gone on a boat tour with Vaughn as our guide 2 years in a row now on spring break, it is always the best part of the trip! He is very friendly and hospitable and gives an authentically local touch to his tours that is unique from other charter tours. A must for any vacation itinerary!
Pam M
Pam M
Absolutely Fabulous experience My family was visiting Key West for the first time and we wanted to see as much as we could in only a couple of days. Captain Vaugh showed us so much of the area in 4 hours. We absolutely loved the private tour without the crowds. He knows the area so well and explained so much of the history. We got to see the sunset and it was an experience we will never forget. Thank you, for such a wonderful experience!!Highly Recommended!
Reiko West
Reiko West
Highly recommend We had a great time on this charter and Vaughn took us to some fantastic places! He is professional, knows everything about the area, and laid back-making for a fun and relaxing time. I highly recommend taking a trip with him and our group plans to do it again on our next visit to Key West.
Fantastic boat charter in Key West Great afternoon of fun on the water with friends! Captain Vaughan was prompt for our pickup and provided an enjoyable 4 hour tour off the coast of Key West. We really appreciated: ✔️Large cooler with fresh ice to store drinks / snacks ✔️Beanbags to chill on ✔️Lilly pad for lounging in the sea ✔️Customized tour / option to extend our time if desired ✔️ Vaughan’s Friendly and knowledgeable demeanour We will book again during our next visit to Key West ⭐️
Charlotte M
Charlotte M
A perfectly private and personalized boat charter My husband and I were in Key West for our "babymoon," trying to get away and relax before the baby comes. We were looking for a local and private boating experience that we could make our own. Meaning, not a large, corporation touristy experience with herds of people. We had done that the night before on a sunset sail and enjoyed it, but wanted something more private for exploring some nearby islands. We lucked out in finding Vaughn!! He gave us just what we were looking for! He took us to some of the more remote spots that were truly picturesque, with the most beautiful crystal blue sandbars where we could swim and relax! Vaughn went out of his way to give us a great experience even though I was 7mo pregnant and somewhat limited. Would definitely recommend!
A custom experience to remember Vaugh was a great captain. Very knowledgeable of the local waters. Great conversationalist. He took us to many fine locations.the shipwreck being my favorite. We saw many fish species, a ton of lobsters which made us very hungry “I’m eating lobster tonight”! A very custom experience and capped it off with an awesome sunset.we will be back again! until than, Captain Vaughn keep on cruisin.

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