We have done this route
a lot over the past year. Here is what we have done.
1. Sailing south from Ft. Lauderdale the first decent place to anchor
is Biscayne bay. The north end you will find Biscayne Channel, you can follow it to the bay, then anchor
just about any place without worries.
2. If your friend didn't have a deep draft
boat you could go south in Biscayne bay but since he does, your best bet is to follow Hawk Channel to Key Largo
, We like to anchor just north of Rodriguez Key as far in as you feel comfortable. You can take your dinghy
into the Marina, there is some shopping
3. If you don't want to go all the way to Marathon, you can go through the snake creek channel and anchor on the gulf side, but the enterance to the channel is shallow at low tide so watch it.
4. The next best place is Marathon. You can go inside and anchor or moor up but you can also anchor on the outside on the south end of the island.
5. Next is Bahia Honda
, not a great area but it is an option as the swells can get to you if it is blowing.
6. From there you can go to Stock Island, just north of Key West
. There is a deep channel that will take you into great anchoring
or you can find a marina there alot cheaper than Key West
7. Key West. I usally anchor by Fleming
Key, I used to anchor by wisteria Island but the swells can be bad and the tourist traffic can be horrible. If you want to Moor up Key Wes has city moorinig balls on the north side of Fleming
Key for $18.00 bucks a night which includes a shower
house, and laundry
facility. You can also use the city Marina for $2.25/ft per night which is in Key West Bight, and an easy walk to everything Key West has to offer.
8. If you want to keep going, then I will go to Marquesas
Key, the best place to anchor is the south west end, there is nothing there but peace and quite. Even if the wind
is blowing you are well protected. One of my favorate places. You can also anchor of Boca Grande Key, Woman Key, or Man Key which are before Marquesas
9. The last stop is the Dry Tortugas
. About 40 miles west of the Marquesas. Fort Jefferson is a must see, as well as the coral reefs
and the light house.