The Florida Keys stretch 200 nautical miles from Key Biscayne to the Dry Tortugas and include favorite boating destinations such as Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, and Key West. They are aptly named, because they do offer the “keys” to a boating paradise unmatched anywhere in our lower 48 states. If you mention those two magic words — the Keys — to any boater in Florida, immediately what springs to mind are visions of sparkling clear waters, snorkeling, scuba diving, tickling for lobsters, deep-sea fishing, back-bay flats fishing, and simply relaxing and letting go. And fortunately for boaters, the Keys are easy to transit in all weather, day or night, because the naturally formed Hawk Channel is well marked for buoy hopping and offers comfortable passage when the seas are raging outside the reef in the Gulf Stream.
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Miami Beach, FL305-398-6800
Set on Miami’s Biscayne Bay, just a mile and a half north of the Government Cut, which leads into the Atlantic, Sunset Harbour Yacht Club (SHYC) is right in the center of happening South Beach. The marina offers guests lots of amenities including a large swimming pool, gated parking space, electric service, fresh water, telephone, voicemail, internet access, digital satellite TV, and a personal secured dock box. There are 125 deep-water slips, and yachts from 35 to 210 feet can be accommodated.
- Estimated Mileage: 34
Key Largo, FL305-367-5908
Just an hour south of Miami Beach lies Key Largo, the key made famous by Humphrey Bogart. Although most scenes were shot in a Hollywood studio, the background was filmed on location. Key Largo is home to John Pennecamp State Park, which has great diving opportunities. To the west is Everglades National Park and to the east is the only living coral barrier reef in the mainland U.S. Ocean Reef Club located in Key Largo, is a sophisticated private facility dedicated to boating, birding and golfing. The member-only marina has 175 slips and can accommodate vessels up to 175 feet and up to a 9-foot dock depth
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Located in the Florida Keys near Islamorada, Plantation Yacht Harbor Marina provides 83 slips for yachts up to 80 feet. Visiting boaters have access to the facilities and activities at the adjacent Founders Park in addition to the marina’s prime location and outstanding customer service.
- Estimated Mileage: 43
Marathon, FL(305) 731-2207
Marlin Bay Yacht Club, located in Marathon in the Florida Keys, features fully serviced residences and a staffed marina and dockmaster along with top notch amenities. The marina offers 99 deepwater slips for boats up to 70 feet featuring the latest in amenities and modern concrete berths. The Marlin Bay Yacht Club is poised to become the flagship marina in the Heart of The Keys. The slips feature full power hookups, Wi-Fi, and monitored cameras, while onsite dock master and professional dockhands create an exceptional homeport or safe harbor for hopping to Key West, the Bahamas, and Cuba.
- Estimated Mileage: 39
Key West, FL844-486-7567
The largest deep-water marina in the Florida Keys, accommodating vessels up to 300 feet (220 slips and state-of-the-art floating docks). The exceptional amenities include the Perry Hotel, a beautiful boutique property with a dockside pool. There are also dog parks, community gardens, a ship’s store, a fitness center, ample parking, Key West’s lowest priced fuel and a 15-minute shuttle to and from downtown Key West. Choose from three restaurants within the village including Matt’s Stock Island Kitchen & Bar located at the Perry Hotel at Stock Island Marina Village, or its sister restaurant, the Salty Oyster Dockside Bar & Grill offering creative cocktails by the pool, oysters and Key West pinks, po’ boys and burgers.