Pretty much agree with osirissail. But what do you mean by "hitchhike"?
Are you envisioning wandering the docks, looking for a boat that is heading south, and hopping on as an unpaid crew member
? I have to say that I think you'll find that very difficult to do. Off the top of my head
, here are a few of the things you will have to figure out...
How will you find boats going south? If you find them at a transient dock
that probably means they are already on their way and so also probably have the crew they need. Finding the one boat, out of (quite literally) thousands that is on a dock
just now preparing to leave will be very hit-or-miss.
Where will you live? You certainly can't count on finding a ride the day you arrive, and hotels in that area are pretty pricey--the more so the closer you are to the water
How will you get around? Public transportation in Florida
is notoriously poor. You will be very limited if you don't have a car.
Not saying that you can't do it. Just saying that there are a number of issues that you are going to have to consider and prepare for ahead of time. All in all, I have to agree with osirissail that it would be much less headache to find a ride before before you come.