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Sailing the Florida Keys

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There are a huge number of potential sailing trips in the Florida Keys, from a day trip to a month and loads of potential charter companies offering everything from the basic to boats with jacuzzis and all the luxury trimmings. The main things to entertain yourself with, apart from sailing are diving, snorkelling, fishing, relaxing and eating up a storm in the island towns. Try all the Key Lime pie you can.

Key Largo is an obvious port to visit, it’s one of the largest in the region and the best place to pick up unusual supplies, though we didn’t have any trouble getting bits for the boat in other places, one of the main industries is fishing so people have boats and know a lot about them. It’s also in a good position between the Everglades National Park and the Dry Tortugas National Park, where you can hope to see both turtles and dolphins (some swam along beside our boat for an hour passing between Garden Key and Loggerhead Key.). But there are 1700 odd islands and islets in the area, some populated, but many tiny and bare – be warned there is no camping.

Your views are wide and flat. Most of the islands are flat and the ocean in pretty flat on top of the reefs. You can also expect that long road on top of the ocean, even if you’ve seen it on film it’s still a surprise, and wealthy people in big yachts and speed boats cutting up the water. And sun, expect lots of sun and a really laid back atmosphere all round.

It takes about three days sailing to get from Miami to the Upper Keys and then in season another week to sail all the way through to the Bahamas, which is tempting once you’re settled into the lifestyle and the sun and sea. From Miami it’s Elliot Key – Pumpkin Key – Key Largo – Islamoranda.

Make sure you get a map from the local authorities when you arrive, they’re far more concise than the one we plotted on originally.

Written by  Dan Baker.

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