Has anyone with a dog anchored in Miami around the Venetian Causeway islands? Skipper Bob shows a doggy icon but we can't figure out where or how far away the dog suitable dinghy landing(s) are. Any help would be appreciated.
Also has anyone run into dog-walking restrictions in the Ft. Lauderdale beach area?
Bill, Jane and Daisy Stone
aboard M/V Loose Stones
We anchored between Star and Palm Islands — funny feeling of being in the back yards of celebrities (about N 25 46.6 W 80 08.6). We dinghied to Collins Canal, as described in Skipper Bob's book (about a mile from the anchorage at N 25 47.48 W 80 08.69). About 1/3 mile into the canal is a Publix on the north side of Dade Blvd. You can pull the dinghy to the north bank of the canal and get off (N 25 47.628 W 80 08.413). There is a grassy area Daisy could use. Lots of traffic, but safe with a leash. Very fun trip on the canal to Indian Creek and "the strip" of Miami Beach. We also bought gas for the dinghy by walking 150 feet from the dinghy to a filling station on 23rd Street (tied to bank west of bridge, climbed up bank — memory says there were a couple grassy spots there as well — N 25
47.945 W 80 07.810).
Most of the shoreline in the area is very private, so pickings are slim. Active Captain maps several boat ramps in the area, but we didn't try to find any of them.
I should probably mention we did not have a dog on board, so are not expert.
The anchorage is worth trying. Quite unusual.
When we went from Miami to Aventura, there were dozens of pretty little islands just off the ICW that were mostly parks. Small boats were frequently there and it you could dinghy to those islands if you
were anchored near them. We didn't because we were just passing through. We stayed in Aventura and there are no dog walking restrictions, but you can't really get to the beach easily there because it's all private access. Then we went up to DelRay Beach, which is a very nice little city with a great beach. Nodogs on the beach but no restrictions on walking them in town.
Doug & Kathy