Hi Adagio and welcome to the
Like Cheechako said, with 3' draft
you have lots of places you'll fit. Yes there is plenty of shallow water
as well so bring good charts
, your sharpest eyeball and polaroid sunglasses.
And yes also to places for the dog although be aware that some of the islands and Keys are home to endangered species like the Key Deer, nesting birds and such so keep your dog close if he/she might want to sample the local wildlife.
2-3 days will get you to Key Largo
, depending on your cruising speed and how much you want to stop and smell the roses. I would budget
extra time just in case.
Finally YES!!!, bring mosquito repellant, bug screens and whatever else will keep the critters at bay. In warm weather
(even warm days in winter) mosquitoes and noseeums can make miserable an understatement. Noseeums are particularly bad since they can fit through screens.