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Archive For: Keys2 – Inside Route Blackwater Sound to Tavernier Creek

  • Post-Irma Report from Key Lime Sailing Club, Key Largo, FL


    Key Lime Sailing Club in Key Largo, 305-451-3438, www.keylimesailingclub.com

    Key Lime Sailing Club, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, always has very special offers for their visitors! Key Lime Sailing Club is on the Inside Route side of Key Largo. Key Lime Sailing Club is a unique slice of KEYS ENJOYMENT…give it a try and let us hear about your experience.

    Welcome to our unique little hideaway. Secluded, serene, and perfectly located, our self-contained cottages have everything you need for a relaxing waterfront vacation.

    Hey Winston,  thank you very much for checking in. We’re doing fair, we have seven of our cottages open for Keylime sailing club.  We’re still cleaning up and repairing and we have yet to get to South Dade Marina. The marina still has boats sitting on top of the dock; 40% of the dock is missing; the sunken boats and boats on the shore. But we will rebuild. And I know we share the story with a lot of marinas and places of business. I count ourselves lucky and pray for the people that have suffered much more than us.
    Paul Keever

    See also http://cruisersnet.net/166914

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  • Irma Recovery Effort, Key Lime Sailing Club and Cottages, Key Largo, FL


    Key Lime Sailing Club in Key Largo, 305-451-3438, www.keylimesailingclub.com

    Key Lime Sailing Club, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, always has very special offers for their visitors! Key Lime Sailing Club is on the Inside Route side of Key Largo. Key Lime Sailing Club is a unique slice of KEYS ENJOYMENT…give it a try and let us hear about your experience.

    Irma Recovery Effort, Key Lime Sailing Club and Cottages, Key Largo, FL

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  • Report from Key Lime Sailing Club and Cottages

    Key Lime Sailing Club is on the Inside Route side of Key Largo.

    Key Lime Sailing Club and Cottages

    Thank you everybody for the prayers and support that you gave to KLSC and all the people affected by the hurricane. The whole team is grateful and overwhelmed by the love you are giving us.
    The worst is over and it is now time to rebuild. Right now we have Led2Serve coordinating with us to help with the recovery effort. Thanks to Vanessa of Led2Serve for being proactive and being in touch before and after the storm.
    To our friends and guests that want to come down to help, thank you so much! As of now the Keys has limited access. Paul may contact you when the authorities will allow the people to come in again.

  • News from Key Lime Sailing Club, Key Largo, FL


    Key Lime Sailing Club in Key Largo, 305-451-3438, www.keylimesailingclub.com

    Key Lime Sailing Club, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, always has very special offers for their visitors! Key Lime Sailing Club is on the Inside Route side of Key Largo. Key Lime Sailing Club is a unique slice of KEYS ENJOYMENT…give it a try and let us hear about your experience.

    Welcome to our unique little hideaway. Secluded, serene, and perfectly located, our self-contained cottages have everything you need for a relaxing waterfront vacation.

    CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE NEWS!

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  • Annual Celebration of Marine Conservation, 9/28 – 10/1, Key Largo, FL

    The REEF Fest seminars are open to the general public and will be held at the Murray Nelson Government Centre, 102050 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL 33037. Pre-registration via schedule link below is recommended. This notice comes from DeeperBlue.

    Marine conservation is being celebrated in Key Largo, Florida from September 28 to October 1, 2017 at REEF Fest 2017.
    The annual celebration of the positive impact marine conservation has had on the Florida Keys promises to provide a weekend packed with fun and engaging activities. The celebration hosted by the Reef Environmental Education Foundation has organised a series of events, seminars, diving activities, and a banquet to increase awareness of conservation in the area.

    CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL SCHEDULE AND MORE INFORMATION

  • FOCUS ON Key Lime Sailing Club, Key Largo, FL


    Key Lime Sailing Club in Key Largo, 305-451-3438, www.keylimesailingclub.com

    How many places do you know where a sailboat is provided with your room or cottage with so many wonderful and engaging activities to enjoy?
    Well, read on and start planning a visit to the REAL Florida Keys…Key Lime Sailing Club is a unique slice of KEYS ENJOYMENT…give it a try and let us hear about your experience.

    Key Lime Sailing Club, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, always has very special offers for their visitors! Key Lime Sailing Club is on the Inside Route side of Key Largo.

    Welcome to our unique little hideaway. Secluded, serene, and perfectly located, our self-contained cottages have everything you need for a relaxing waterfront vacation.

    CLICK FOR PHOTOS AND MORE!

    Facilities                                                                                                                                                   [Click photos for full size]

    Clear Kayak

    * Cottages with Free designated 22′ Sailboats
    * Shared Kayaks
    * Paddleboards
    * Canoes
    * Paddle boats
    * Sunfish
    * Hobie Wave
    * Fishing and snorkeling gear

    Sailboat rentals:

    36 C&C on port tack with 6 volunteers onboard

    * 36′ C& C
    * 33′ Morgan Islander
    * 22′ Catalinas as Bareboat or Captained charters
    * Captained Sunset Sails on a 47′ all electric Lagoon Catamaran
    * Captained Day Sailing with snorkeling or kayaking trips on a 47′ all electric Lagoon Catamaran  

    We have been stretching out and have added a marina in February 2017:
    South Dade Marina and Eco Adventures to the Key Lime Sailing Club & Cottages Family.

    From the marina we will be running:

    33 Morgan Islander arriving in canal

    * Kayak rentals and tours
    * Sailboat rentals
    * Captained sunset sails 6 pac on 34 Gemini Catamaran
    * Captained 8 hr daysails 6 pac on 34 Gemini Catamaran
    with one or 2 activities available
    * Kayaking Everglades
    * Mangrove snorkeling
    * Beach barbeque
    * 10 to 11 hr 32 mile round trip ocean Sail to Snorkel Turtle Reef

    Last year we also added Morning Star Sailing Charters
    Morning Star runs a 50′ Ericson that has been doing snorkel

    47 Lagoon layout

    6 pac sailing charters in Key Largo for 30 years.
    This year we upgraded Morning Star activities to include:
    * Sailboat rentals
    * Sailing lessons
    * Bareboat and Captain charters

    So we now have 3 locations with a shared activities and boats:

    1. Key Lime Sailing Club & Cottages: Bayside Key Largo 
    2. Morning Star Charters: Ocean Side Key Largo and south Dade marina 
    3. South Dade Marina & Eco Adventures: Florida Everglades / Manatee Bay / Florida City 
    *  American Sailing Academy an ASA School : Located at South Dade Marina and Key Lime Sailing Club 
    *  68′ Formosa Liveaboard, cruising with Paul from around the Bahamas to South America
               One week stays available starting in Jan 2018

    Thank You

    Paul Keever
    President, CEO, CFO, Office Manager,
    Book keeper, Advertising Manager, Sailing Instructor, Concierge, Psychologists, Ordained Minister,
    ECO Tour guide, Maintenance Man, Gardener, House keeper and to my kids, Father,
    Mr. Mom, Doctor Dad, Want-a-be Dentist, Seamstress, Maid, Cook, ATM.

    Mailing Address

    CSK at Sunset

    Key Lime Sailing Club (KLSC)
    101425 Overseas HWY #922
    Key Largo FL 33037

    KLSC Reservations # 305 451 3438
    Fax 305 453 5455 Office
    KLSC Water Front Sunset Tiki Hut
    GPS mark N. 25.05.5869 W. 080.26.7145

    Hope to sea ya sailing /) this way one day ⛵️

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  • Florida Keys Deal from Key Lime Sailing Club, Key Largo, FL

    Key Lime Sailing Club in Key Largo, 305-451-3438, www.keylimesailingclub.com

    Our good friends at Key Lime Sailing Club, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, have some very special offers for their SPRING visitors! Key Lime Sailing Club is on the Inside Route side of Key Largo.

    Key Lime Sailing Club : $144 NT Florida Keys Deal

    CLICK FOR FULL INFORMATION

    Key Lime Sailing Club
    101425 Overseas Hwy. #922
    Key Largo , FL 33037
    Tel:305-451-3438
    Email: Keylargocottages@Keylimesailingclub.com

  • Comments on Sunset Cove Anchorage, Buttonwood Sound, near Inside Route Statue Mile 1143


    Andree is correct about the history of this once popular anchorage, see http://cruisersnet.net/99799. And see http://cruisersnet.net/158819 for details on a new Florida law dealing with at-risk and derelict vessels. Thank you Andree for your perspective.

    I was anchored out in Sunset Cove from 2001 to 2007 we tied our dinghies off the Bayside Resort pier. A chain link fence was put up and no trespassing sign a few years later. Thanks to some people who slept under the tree, drank , litter and trash the shore. It was a disgrace and bad image for the resort and tourists so they [authorities] did what they could to prevent it. That is why there are barely any boats there anymore. The anchorage has moved to Government center a few miles up the road.
    Andree J Hardy

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  • Unhappy with Mangrove Marina, Florida Keys Inside Route, Key Largo, Statute Mile 1150


    Skipper Pearsall’s report is the opposite of a 2015 report, see http://cruisersnet.net/146935, but facilities and prices at any location can change, see http://cruisersnet.net/155306. Mangrove Marina is one of only a very few facilities offering transient dockage on the Florida Keys Inside Route between a point south of Jewfish Creek, and Snake Creek. To access Mangrove Marina, depart the Inside Route just northeast of the Tavernier Creek intersection, between markers #64A and #65. Note that Mangrove Marina also features a full service repair yard!

    We’ve been cruising to Mangrove Marina for many years; the rates WERE reasonable, dockmates were (and still are) very friendly, and the location is excellent.
    NOW, we find rates have gone up after we made reservations, electric is no longer included in the dock rate (they now charge $85/month for 30 amp electric), a swimming pool is only partly completed and is best for mosquito farmers, the “food truck” hasn’t been opened at all since we’ve been here, income seems to be not used at all for maintenance and improvements, parking space has been reduced, and the bathroom/showers haven’t been cleaned in the past few days.
    Adelle Pearsall

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  • September Specials at Key Lime Sailing Club, Key Largo, FL

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    Key Lime Sailing Club in Key Largo, 305-451-3438, www.keylimesailingclub.comOur good friends at Key Lime Sailing Club, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, have some very special offers for their September visitors! Key Lime Sailing Club is on the Inside Route side of Key Largo.

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    $99 per Night Cottage and Low Season Rates!
    Why is it still great to come down for a Florida Keys vacation during these months? Because the water is still warm, the air is still warm, and you can enjoy a less crowded Keys experience, plus everything is a better DEAL! Like our Key Lime Sailing Club & Cottages Special below:

    Take advantage of our last minute vacation special! Book our Hideout Cottage for a minimum of 5 nights on any dates from August 30, 2015 until September 30, 2015 and get it for only $99 per night! Shorter stays also available for other cottages with our low season rates.

    Here are our available cottages and dates for September:

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    Cottage rental includes unlimited use of a 22’ sailboat (for qualified sailors), kayaks, paddle boards, water toys, bicycles, snorkel and fishing gear, and a sunset cruise once or twice a week on our 47’ Catamaran at no extra cost . Visit our website www.keylimesailingclub.com and send us a Request to Book! You can also call our reservation specialist at 305-451-3438.

    CLICK HERE For more offers and news from Key Lime Sailing Club.

    Key Lime Sailing Club
    101425 Overseas Hwy. #922
    Key Largo , FL 33037
    Tel:305-451-3438
    Email: Keylargocottages@Keylimesailingclub.com

  • Mother’s Day Special at Key Lime Sailing Club, Key Largo, FL

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    Key Lime Sailing Club in Key Largo, 305-451-3438, www.keylimesailingclub.comOur good friends at SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR Key Lime Sailing Club want to wish you and your Mom a very special Happy Mother’s Day! Key Lime Sailing Club is on the Inside Route side of Key Largo.

    Mother’s Day Gift!
    Treat your mom to an early Mother’s Day here in the Florida Keys! At Key Lime Sailing Club and Cottages, you’ll be able to enjoy the best of the Keys like sailing, kayaking, snorkeling, fishing, eco tours, manatee visits, amazing sunsets, and nearby local attractions without spending a lot of money. This is a vacation that you will remember for many years to come as our dear guests have experienced. Book now as we still have cottages available this April and May.

    Cottage rental starts at $225 per night (plus cleaning fees and taxes) and includes the free use of a 22’ sailboat (for qualified sailors), kayaks, paddle boards, snorkel gear, fishing gear, and other water toys. We also take out all of our guests once or twice a week aboard our 40’ catamaran for a sunset cruise around Florida Bay for free! You won’t get this deal anywhere else.

    Call 305-451-3438 or just reply to this email to inquire or to reserve. Check out our website www.keylimesailingclub.com for more info.

    If you have no sailing experience yet but would like to learn, we have a sailing school onsite where you can get ASA certified from some of the best sailing instructors in the industry! For sailing school information you can talk to Capt Gary at 305-587-3205.

    Click Here for a listing of upcoming events.
    Key Lime Sailing Club
    101425 Overseas Hwy. #922
    Key Largo , FL 33037
    Tel:305-451-3438
    Email: Keylargocottages@Keylimesailingclub.com

  • April and May Events at Key Lime Sailing Club, Key Largo, FL

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    Key Lime Sailing Club in Key Largo, 305-451-3438, www.keylimesailingclub.comOur good friends at SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR Key Lime Sailing Club want to wish you and your family a very Happy Easter! Key Lime Sailing Club is on the Inside Route side of Key Largo.


    Photo by Joe Sweat of Better Off Wet Magazine

    Happy Easter from the Florida Keys!

    If you haven’t booked your Florida Keys vacation yet, we still have availability.

    Listed below is our available cottages and dates until May:
    Call Teresa at 305-451-3438 or reply to this email for reservations! You can also check out our website www.keylimesailingclub.com for more information.

    Cottage rental includes free use of 22′ sailboat (for qualified sailors), kayaks, canoes, paddle boards, water toys, bicycles, snorkel & fishing gear, and free Sunset Cruise around Florida Bay!

    If you do not know how to sail yet but would like to start now, we offer sailing certification courses where you’ll learn from some of the best sailing instructors in the industry! Come check out our Learn to Sail packages.

    Good news for those who are planning to go to the Keys for the next few months as we have some great local activities lined up that you’ll surely love!

    Florida Keys Events through May:
    Islamorada / April 5
    Underwater Easter Egg Hunt

    The Easter bunny hosts this annual underwater egg hunt to benefit Kids in Special Situations, a local charity for needy children. Famous for his up-close creature feature dives with his undersea friends, Captain Spencer Slate, clad in a giant bunny suit and dive gear, hides brightly coloured Easter eggs for ardent bounty hunters on the sand, adjacent to a shallow coral reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Real eggs and nontoxic colourings are used to avoid any negative environmental impact. Open to divers and snorkelers, check-in at 8 a.m. Dive is scheduled to depart the dock at 8:30 a.m., must register prior to event. Check in at Captain Slate’s Scuba Adventures, located at mile marker (MM) 90.7 oceanside in Tavernier at the Casa Mar Village shopping enclave.

    Contact: 305-451-3020

    Key Largo / April 16
    Free Fish I.D. Classes with Keys Underwater Photographers: Filefishes

    Learn how to identify fish found in the Florida Keys! Join Allison & Carlos Estape at REEF Headquarters (MM 98.3 in the median) for interactive fish behavior & ID classes. Become a citizen-scientist by participating in REEF’s Volunteer Fish Survey Project where divers & snorkelers add their Fish ID Surveys to REEF’s database which is used by scientists around the world. Begins 7 p.m.

    Contact: Allison Estape 305 794 5081

    Key West / April 17– 26
    33rd Annual Conch Republic Independence Celebration

    With activities ranging from wacky bed race to a lighthearted sea battle featuring tall ships, the Conch Republic’s 10-day birthday party showcases the independent and eccentric spirit that characterizes the Florida Keys.

    Contact: 305-296-0213
    Islamorada / April 19
    21st Annual Bay Jam

    This music and art festival features local and guest artists performing on the shores of Florida Bay at the ICE Amphitheater at Founders Park, mile marker 87 on U.S. 1. Attendees can savor the sounds from midday through sunset and into the night from the hammock-like performance center set against the aqua waters of Florida Bay.

    Contact: 305-394-2765
    Email: davjazdog@aol.com

    Key West / April 30 – May 3
    Key West Paddleboard Classic

    During this ocean paddleboard race, participants enjoy a challenging 12-mile course over crystal blue waters, circling Key West through scenic mangroves, passing by the Historic Seaport district and more. The race around Key West is open to paddlers on standup paddleboards, prone boards, outrigger canoes, dory boats, surf skis and kayaks. Other weekend beach and paddling activities are planned.

    Contact: Sue Cooper 305-304-4259
    Email: sue@lazydog.com
    Key Largo / May 14– 17
    Key Largo’s Original Music Festival

    Enjoy the food, entertainment and ambiance of Key Largo during this singers and songwriters event. Multiple “on the water” venues feature Nashville’s hit songwriters and musicians as well as unique local entertainers. Presented by the Upper Keys Business Group.

    Contact: 305-394-3736

    For more Florida Keys Events, please visit www.fla-keys.com.

    Win Free Stays at Key Lime Sailing Club

    To our guests and friends, get a chance to go back and vacation at KLSC for free by sending us pictures of your stay here! Win our 4th KLSC Photo Contest and get a 3 free night stay. Check here for details.

    Got a talent for video making? Join our KLSC Video Contest and get a chance to win a free 5 night stay! Check here for details.

    We at Key Largo Cottages at Key Lime Sailing Club love our guests and we will be happy to have you guys here again for another fun filled and relaxing Florida Keys vacation!

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    keylargocottages@keylimesailingclub.com or call 1-305-451-3438

    Thank you and Sea Yah all in the Florida Keys!

    Top 12 Things to Do in The Upper Keys

    1.Take a free tour of Key Largo Fisheries,see where most of the fish and lobster in the Keys come from. 1-800-432-4358 www.keylargofisheries.com

    2. Complete Senor Frijoles’ Free On-line Key Largo Treasure Hunt. Fill it out and take to Senor Frijoles to win your free gift. 305-451-1592 www.senorfrijolesrestaurant.com

    3. Take a dip at the Beach at Marker 88, and while you are there, enjoy a refreshing beverage. 305-852-9315 www.marker88.info

    4. Feed the Tarpon from the dock at Sundowners 305-451-4502 www.sundownerskeylargo.com

    5. See the Pontune’s Pirate Ship sail at sunset 305-393-5593 www.pontunes.com

    6. Learn Sailing at Key Lime Sailing Club 305-451-3438 www.keylimesailingclub.com

    7. Get a bird’s eye view of the Keys with Key Largo Parasail 305-747-0032 www.keylargoparasail.com

    8. Visit the Christof the Abyss Statue and name at least 5 fish on the reef. 305-451-3595
    www.amoray.com

    9. Kayak around Key Largo 305-451-3018 kayakfloridakeys.com

    10. Visit the Wild Bird Center at feeding time. 305-852-4486 www.fkwbc.org

    11. Swim with the Dolphins at Dolphin’s Cove or Dolphin’s Plus. 305-451-4060 www.dolphinscove.com

    12. Visit the Everglades Alligator Farm in Florida City and take an airboat ride 305-247-2628
    www.everglades.com
    Key Lime Sailing Club
    101425 Overseas Hwy. #922
    Key Largo , FL 33037
    Tel:305-451-3438
    Email: Keylargocottages@Keylimesailingclub.com

  • Good Review of Mangrove Marina, Florida Keys Inside Route, Key Largo, Statute Mile 1150


    Mangrove Marina is one of only a very few facilities offering transient dockage on the Florida Keys Inside Route between a point south of Jewfish Creek, and Snake Creek. To access Mangrove Marina, depart the Inside Route just northeast of the Tavernier Creek intersection, between markers #64A and #65. Note that Mangrove Marina also features a full service repair yard! Skipper Foster’s review comes from the AGLCA Forum.

    While the boat has been here over a two months, we’ve just been here a month. if you are looking for a marina on the bay side of the keys I’d highly recommend Mangrove Marina in Tavernier. Docks are combo of fixed concrete and wood. There isn’t a tidal swing, but the wind does push water in and out of the cove, total swing is about 18″.
    Water depth coming in is ok if you are 4′ or less. Call the marina office and get a route if you draw 5′
    Within a 10 minute walk: Win-Dixy, movies, post office, McDonalds, hospital, 6 restaurants, hardware store and liquor store. A bike ride will add three more places to eat, a beach and a marine parts store. There is a lunch truck on site that has Breakfast / Lunch Sat and Sun, and a special dinner (Prime Rib, stuffed pork tenderloin, etc. ) on Wednesday night.
    Gas, diesel, ice, pumpouts. If you are staying, there are weekly pumpouts on the docks. Lots of liveaboards here made us feel welcome. There is the only Marching Conch Band in the Keys here! Nightly docktails at sunset.
    Lots of good fishing locations a 5-10 min dink ride away.
    Location is Keys MI 92. Car rental across the road will match Enterprise rates. By car you are 1 HR from Miami, 45 mins to Marathon, 2 hours to Key West.
    Rates include water and electric, no liveaboard fee.
    Mangrove Marina
    200 Florida Avenue, Tavernier, FL 33070
    (305) 852-8380

    Quo Vadimus
    Nowhere OK
    1993 Bayliner 4588

    Click Here To View the Florida Keys Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Mangrove Marina

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  • Buttonwood Sound Mooring Field Scuttled, Key Largo, Inside Route Mile 1143


    Sunset Cove is one of the most popular anchorages in the northern Florid Keys. This haven is located on the waters of southeastern Buttonwood Sound, in charted Sunset Cove, near statute Mile 1143 off the Florida Keys Inside Route. Opposition to the mooring field in Sunset Cove has been voiced since the mooring field was first proposed in 2012. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=95529


    Mooring field for Buttonwood Sound in Key Largo now looks to be off the table

    By KEVIN WADLOW
    kwadlow@keynoter.comAugust 6, 2014
    Concerns from on-shore residents seem to have scuttled Monroe County’s preferred site for a new Upper Keys mooring field.
    “There is no Plan B,” County Mayor Sylvia Murphy said Tuesday.
    In March, county commissioners named Key Largo’s Buttonwood Sound, off the bayside at mile marker 99, as the anchorage most suitable to accommodate a new mooring field for liveaboard residents and cruising visitors.
    But two nearby businesses that had expressed interest in serving as a land base for the Buttonwood Sound mooring field have now decided against it.

    For the full article, go to [ARTICLE NO LONGER AVAILABLE] http://www.flkeysnews.com//2014/08/06/498101/mooring-field-for-buttonwood-sound.html?sp=/99/106/

    Click Here To View the Florida Keys Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Sunset Cove

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  • Good Report from Tarpon Basin, Key Largo, FL Keys Inside Route, Mile 1139.5


    Tarpon Basin is crossed by the FL Keys Inside Route, just south of Blackwater Sound and Dusenberry Creek. There are at least 3 good spots to drop the hook here, and creative skippers will find more. Our thanks to Skipper Reeves for this report and photos.

    On our cruise North to Jekyll Island from Marathon we used several anchorages and found some interesting free city docks. Tarpon Basin is a good stop over anchorage with a free dingy dock. Going North exit the creek and head for marker R48. Turn in to basin before R48A stay near north side of basin. Close to shore we found 5-7 ft. On in towards anchored boats we found 7-9 ft and stayed to the north of city docks.
    Sonny Reeves

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Florida Keys Anchorage Directory Listing For the Tarpon Basin Northern Anchorage

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Florida Keys Anchorage Directory Listing For the Tarpon Basin Southern Anchorage

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Florida Keys Anchorage Directory Listing For the Tarpon Basin Interior Anchorage

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Tarpon Basin Anchorages

  • Summer Vacation Availabili​ties and Job Openings, Key Lime Sailing Club, Key Largo, FL

    key limeKey Lime Sailing Club in Key Largo, 305-451-3438, www.keylimesailingclub.comOur good friends at SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR Key Lime Sailing Club offer these summer specials and job opportunities. Key Lime Sailing Club is on the Inside Route side of Key Largo.

     

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    KLSC Needs Sailing Instructors!

    Is sailing your passion? Are you interested in teaching sailing for a living? Become part of our energetic crew and share your knowledge and love of sailing here at Key Lime Sailing Club, Key Largo! We have a few full or part time positions available.

    – Housing on land / boat or an anchor location for your boat could be provided.

    – We teach mostly “learn to sail” classes aboard 22’ Catalinas, normally one couple or a small family (2 adults & 2 kids) at a time on how to take control and SAFELY sail our boats on the waters the Florida bay.

    – Are you kind, patient, and know how to sail? We can teach you how to teach our specific class.

    – Over all class time is about 12 hrs per class (two 5-hour days and one 2-hour day).

    – If you have an ASA or Boat US Instructor license, much better! We are a small place with lots of boats and room to expand.

    – We are also looking to do captained charters from Key Largo to Key West on our 47′ Lagoon Catamaran. 

    Send your resume to Keylargocottages@keylimesailingclub.com and let us see how we can work together!

    Summer Vacation 
    If you are looking for a laid back, rustic, quiet, friendly, and fun place for your summer vacation, come down here at Key Lime Sailing Club! Book as early as now and enjoy our summer rates starting May. We also have some open cottages left for April.

    Here are our available cottages and dates till June:

    Cottage rental includes free use of 22′ sailboat, kayaks, paddle boards, water toys, bicycles, snorkel, & fishing gear! We also give out a free sunset cruise around the Florida Bay! 

    Sailing lessons and sailboat charters are also available!

    Call Theresa 305-451-3438 for reservations or just reply to this email. For more information you can visit our websites www.keylimesailingclub.comand www.keylargocottages.com

    Florida Keys Events from April until June

    Key Largo / April 20 – 27 
    Key Largo Conch Republic Days
    The week-long family-friendly and lighthearted independence celebration is to showcase the unique historical and cultural characteristics of Key Largo. Visit website for complete event details. 
    Contact: 305-394-0205

    the Florida Keys / October 15  May 15 
    Stone Crab Season
    Those succulent claws, brought to shore fresh daily from the waters surrounding the Florida Keys, will drip with drawn butter and mustard sauce on the chins of hungry locals and visitors. A series of food festivals during the season celebrate the sustainable seafood resource throughout the Keys. 

    Key West / May 1 – 4 
    Key West Paddleboard Classic
    During this ocean paddleboard race, participants enjoy a challenging 12-mile course over crystal blue waters, circling Key West through scenic mangroves, passing by the Historic Seaport district and more. The race around Key West is open to paddlers on standup paddleboards, prone boards, outrigger canoes, dory boats, surf skis and kayaks. Other weekend beach and paddling activities are planned.
    Contact: Sue Cooper 305-304-4259
    Email: sue@lazydog.com 

    Key Largo / May 1 – 4 
    Humphrey Bogart Film Festival
    The second annual Humphrey Bogart Film Festival is to screen a rotating selection of Bogie classics and a group of movies centered around the festival’s theme, Romance. Celebrating the life and films of the man the American Film Institute named “America’s greatest male screen legend,” the festival is the only event of its kind to be backed by the Bogart Estate, which is producing the event in partnership with the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce. 
    Contact: Key Largo Chamber 305-451-1414
    Email: info@bogartfilmfestival.com

    Key Largo / May 15 – 18 
    Key Largo’s Original Music Festival 
    Enjoy the food, entertainment and ambiance of Key Largo during this singers and songwriters event. Featuring “on the water” venues, unique entertainers and local musicians. Presented by the Upper Keys Business Group. 
    Contact: Sue Finney 305-394-3736

    Win Free Stays at Key Lime Sailing Club

    To our guests and friends, get a chance to go back and vacation at KLSC for free by sending us pictures of your stay here! Win our 4th KLSC Photo Contest and get a 3 free night stay. Check here for details.

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    We at Key Largo Cottages at Key Lime Sailing Club love our guests and we will be happy to have you guys here again for another fun filled and relaxing Florida Keys vacation!

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    Top 12 Things to Do in The Upper Keys

    1.Take a free tour of Key Largo Fisheries,see where most of the fish and lobster in the Keys come from. 1-800-432-4358 www.keylargofisheries.com

    2. Complete Senor Frijoles’ Free On-line Key Largo Treasure Hunt. Fill it out and take to Senor Frijoles to win your free gift. 305-451-1592www.senorfrijolesrestaurantcom

    3. Take a dip at the Beach at Marker 88, and while you are there, enjoy a refreshing beverage.305-852-9315 www.marker88.info

    4. Feed the Tarpon from the dock at Sundowners 305-451-4502 www.sundownerskeylargo.com

    5. See the Pontune’s Pirate Ship sail at sunset 305-393-5593 www.pontunes.com

    6. Learn Sailing at Key Lime Sailing Club 305-451-3438www.keylimesailingclub.com 

    7. Get a bird’s eye view of the Keys with Key Largo Parasail 305-747-0032www.keylargoparasail.com 

    8. Visit the Christof the Abyss Statue and name at least 5 fish on the reef. 305-451-3595
    www.amoray.com

    9. Kayak around Key Largo 305-451-3018 kayakfloridakeys.com

    10. Visit the Wild Bird Center at feeding time. 305-852-4486www.fkwbc.org 

    11. Swim with the Dolphins at Dolphin’s Cove or Dolphin’s Plus. 305-451-4060www.dolphinscove.com 

    12. Visit the Everglades Alligator Farm in Florida City and take an airboat ride 305-247-2628
    www.everglades.com


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  • Discussion of Depths in the Keys Inside Route, Florida Keys

    There are two possible routes for cruising the Florida Keys, the offshore Hawk Channel passage, and the “Inside Route.” Hawk Channel features more, but not all, marinas, while the Inside Route offers the greatest bonanza of wonderful anchorages to be found anywhere in the Southeast. Trouble is that I have personally sounded 5 feet at low tide directly between the markers in places on the FL Keys inside route. Mind you, only in places, but nevertheless, this is a real concern for those piloting vessels that draw more than 4 feet. Skipper Zimmers expressed his concern in the question below and received several answers via the AGLCA Forum.

    We are in Marathon and arrived here from Key Biscayne via Hawk Channel. We want to return on the ” inside” via the ICW from Marathon to Biscayne Bay. We have a Nordic Tug with a 4.5 foot draft. Is the ICW deep enough for that draft?? Thanks,
    Herb Zimmers aboard GiddyAp

    We draft 4 feet and have done it several times. Never had a problem.
    Steve and Gina Smith
    M/V Island Time

    Herb, You should have no problem. Just pay attention to your charts and stay in the channels through the cuts. Those are the places you can get into trouble if you get distracted.
    Chuck Baier

    Try to go on a rising tide
    Mike and Rosie

    I carry a five foot draft and the last time I went the inside route, I ran hard aground right around marker “60″ on a low tide. I could see I was scraping the bottom for a mile for finally stopping. I used my dingy to heel me over and got loose and never touched bottom again.
    On a high tide, I wouldn’t have touched anywhere.
    R. Holiman

    We did the inside from Biscayne Bay to Marathon. We draw 4 ft and at low tide we had some mud in our wake near R80 to Steamboat channel. What was more of a problem was the crab pots and now some are marked with green, brown and blue floats. Our friend had his boat hauled yesterday and the props were wrapped with a bushel basket full of ropes. I may have been out of the channel sometimes but it seems the pots are in the ICW with no regard for boats.
    May be the prop shops are paying the crabbers to place the green floats in the ICW:)
    Sonny Reeves

    We just arrived in Marathon from Key Biscayne. Our Cabo Rico draws 4’10″. Although we encountered some less than 5′ depths, we made it through with no drama. We did time our passages through channels with the tides.
    Beth

  • Good Words for Upper Keys Sailing Club, Florida Keys Inside Route, Statute Mile 1143

    Upper Keys Sailing Club - Click for Chartview

    Upper Keys Sailing Club occupies the sharp point of land, west of the twin charted “Micro Trs,” south of the charted position of Newport, depicted as facility #35 on chart 11451 (off the Florida Keys/Florida Bay Inside Route).
    We have visited here many times over the years, and can say with some expertise, this is an informal, but unfailingly friendly, spot to coil your lines for a day to two. Advance arrangements by telephone are strongly recommended, as the docks are by no means manned on a regular basis!
    Once you are tied to the piers, be sure to check out the small clubhouse on the grounds. You will probably find a very convivial gathering of fellow cruisers here many evenings, and a good time will be had by all!

    These folks could not have been nicer or more accommodating. The facility is small and an eclectic mixture of weekend-use boats from J-boats to a pristine Island Packet to major-project live-aboards. The walk to stores and restaurants is about 1/2 a mile. One caution is that the gates to the marina are locked at 9pm.
    Rich and Helen

    Click Here To View This Facility’s Full Listing of Services on the Florida Keys Marina Directory

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Upper Keys Sailing Club

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