Provision in the morning and leave by 2pm. Sail to Miami and take your pick of spots to spend the night: Dinner Key Marina, Bay Side Marina, Miami Beach Marina, Crandon Park Marina, “No Name Harbor,” or Nixon’s Harbor.
Depart from the Miami area and sail south down Biscayne Bay. Anchor on the inside of Elliott Key, where you can swim, snorkel, or simply lounge on the beach. Spend the afternoon there, then sail a little further south to spend the night behind Pumpkin Key.
Sail out through Angel Fish Creek into Hawks Channel, at high tide if possible. Entrance and exit can be tricky, but in between is plenty of draft. Sail to Craysfort Reef, and snorkel mid-morning to mid-afternoon. Depart the reef and sail back to “No Name Harbor” or Miami Beach Marina to spend the night.
Depart early in the morning and sail back to Harbor Towne Marina. Unload, clean up, and be on your way by Noon. Take one last look at the shimmering waters – you’ll be back before you know it.