We occasionally receive messages from potential guests asking if the staying on a boat in Key West is “a good fit” for solo travelers. Actually, it’s a great fit! As someone who has spent as much as nine months traveling on the road alone, I can tell you that traveling by yourself – even if it is just a weekend getaway – is something everyone should do at least once in their life.

We live in a social world, and in many ways, an artificially social world that can be loud and crowded with information. It is important to take the time to collect your own thoughts, make your own observations, and take time for your own well-being. Being out on the water, surrounded by nature is a great way to do this.

Solo Travel

Solo Travel

The Mangrove Mango and Mangrove Ninja are great for solo travelers for many reasons:

  1. It’s peaceful. Listen to the sound of the ocean, watch the sunrise, see fish swimming, birds flying, and remember that everything on this planet is connected.
  2. You still get cell phone service.
  3. There are plenty of easy paddles nearby, so you can have a little adventure on your own. Be brave! Be bold!
  4. The boats are located close enough to shore and it is shallow enough that you can literally walk through the water to get there if you had to.
  5. You are in a channel, not out in the open ocean bobbing up and down without anyone in sight. Chances are, paddleboarders, other kayakers, and boaters will be passing nearby from time to time. You have just enough “me time” without being too secluded.
  6. The boat is affordable for one person! Trying to book a hotel on your own (without anyone to split costs) and be very expensive! At our budget rates, travelers can afford to fly solo.
zappa phone

zappa phone

Traveling alone teaches you an important life lesson: how to enjoy your own company. Learn this, and you’ll never be lonely.

Author Ken Poirot once wrote: “Some journeys in life can only be traveled alone.” We have hosted many solo travelers (both men and women) here in Key West from all ages who loved staying on the water. However, today we received one of the most heartfelt messages from a solo guest who had a breakup before the trip, followed by a friend who bailed on the vacation at the last minute.

Despite this, our guest came to Key West anyway on his own, and although he admits being nervous at first, after exploring the area by kayak here’s what he wrote:

“I absolutely loved this vacation. From the moment I stepped foot on the boat I knew it was exactly what I was looking for. I went alone which allowed me to kayak at my own pace and not have to worry about anyone else. Through the kayak I felt like I had a unique experience and saw a different side of key west….

“This was the first time in my life I have done anything like this. I loved that I didn’t need anyone else to have the time of my life.”


 Dream, Drift, Discover,

Amber and Zappa