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MIAMI & KEY WEST
SAILING ITINERARIES

Lower Florida Keys

7 Day Cruising Program

Departure from Marathon


Sailing from Marathon Key you will experience the many pleasures and sites of the Florida Keys. The unspoiled coral reefs of the Lower Keys have many sites where you can tie up to a mooring ball and snorkel or dive. Hawks Channel provides fantastic sailing, as there is protection from the ocean swells but still great wind.



Day 1:

Depart out of Marathon and sail to Bahia Honda. One of the best anchorage's in the Florida Keys. Drop your hook near the Old Keys Trestle Railroad Bridge and enjoy the calm natural harbor at Bahia Honda State Park. (12 NM)

Day 2:

Depart Bahia Honda and sail out to Looe's Key. (6NM) Looe's Key is a National Marine Sanctuary with great snorkeling and diving. The Reef is from 1 to 80 feet with a great wall for SCUBA. Tie up to one of the mooring balls placed there for your ease of use and also to protect the coral from dropping anchors. After a few hours on the reef head for Newfound Harbor. (5NM) Here you may anchor out or stay at a very exclusive and expensive marina. Little Palm Island Marina offers transient dockage at $7.50 per foot per night with a minimum of $350.00. They have a 5 star restaurant and hotel accommodations, which are very pricey as well. If such an expensive marina is not in your itinerary Newfound Harbor is a great place to spend the night on the hook and there is a restaurant that you can dinghy into.

Day 3:

Depart Newfound Harbor and sail to Key West. (27 NM) Stay at Key West Bight Marina or anchor out in Man of War Harbor. Enjoy the nightlife and shopping in the quaint village of Key West.

Day 4:

Depart Key West and sail to the uninhabited island group of the Marquesas. (26 NM) Enjoy the quite and solitude that this island group offers. Calm waters and nice sandy beaches provide wonderful swimming and relaxation.

Day 5:

Depart the Marquesas and sail back to Key West. (26NM) Stop along the way for some fantastic snorkeling by mooring to the dive buoys on the reef. Spend two nights in Key West to take in all that this "end of the road" destination has to offer.

Day 6:

Explore Key West and maybe do a day sail out to the reef for some snorkeling.

Day 7:

Depart Key West and sail back to Bahia Honda for your last night out on the hook. (33NM)Day 8 - Depart Bahia Honda and sail back to Marathon. (12NM) Arrive early enough to unload, clean the boat and be on your way by 12:00 Noon.



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Lower Florida Keys: 7 Day Cruising Program Departure from Marathon . Please note: Information on this sheet is believed to be correct but not guaranteed