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Old 11-04-2011, 18:48   #1
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Key West & Dry Tortugas

At the end April heading to Key West with another boat and so what's a good Marina to stay for a day or 2 so we can walk around Key West also any good place to anchor over night and dinghy into town.
After a day or 2 heading to Dry Tortugas so how many days are we allowed to anchor out in front of the fort.
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Re: Key West & Dry Tortugas

How much you wanna spend?
The touristy marinas are in Key West Bight like the Gallion and Conch Harbor. There's a boardwalk all around the bight with a lot of bars and close proximity to Duval St.

A bit less expensive is The City Marina at Garrison Bight.... about a mile into the Duval area but it works out to a $5 taxi ride.

Cheaper yet is Stock Island (next island up the chain)
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Re: Key West & Dry Tortugas

I've stayed at the Galleon, nice and easy walking distance to Duval St and Mallory Square but as capngeo says, a bit pricey. My 38 footer runs about $100/night if memory serves. You do get the use of the resort pool but still.

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At the end April heading to Key West with another boat and so what's a good Marina to stay for a day or 2 so we can walk around Key West also any good place to anchor over night and dinghy into town.
After a day or 2 heading to Dry Tortugas so how many days are we allowed to anchor out in front of the fort.
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If you're only going into a marina for a day or two, the (previously maligned) Galleon or Conch Harbor are both pretty nice and not unduly expensive. We've stayed at the Galleon a couple of times and like the facilities. The floating docks are easy to deal with, the harbor masters and their assistants are very accomodating, the laundry, showers and heads are clean and well maintained, the bar is nice and no more costly than many others in KW and they do manage to keep the "Riff Raff" out so your family and girls are less likely to be imposed upon by some misbegotten drunk at 0'dark 30 when/if they choose to go to the shoreside lavatory. Best, they have a great Cafe overlooking the marina with eggcellant ineggspensive breakfast's in the early morning and its a lovely spot to enjoy a cuppa French Roast and watch the sun come up andd ponder how fortunate one is to be there.

FWIW...

PS: There's no time limit in the Dry Tortugas. You can stay as long as you've got food, water and beer/wine!
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How about the Key West city docks
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How about the Key West city docks
If your are referring to Garrison Bight, the limitation there is an overhead power cable across the entrance channel that is only 50' off the water. If you can handle that, Garrison's a good option and, as earlier noted, on a $5 cab ride from Mallory Square.

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How about the Key West city docks
KW Bight City Marina is good @ $2.75ft. - fixed docks but still walking distance to Duval St. - electric is metered so A&B (next to Galleon) is about equal @ $3.00/ft including electric.
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KW Bight City Marina is good @ $2.75ft. - fixed docks but still walking distance to Duval St. - electric is metered so A&B (next to Galleon) is about equal @ $3.00/ft including electric.
A&B also has a fantastic restaurant. Costly but the seafood is terrific. We take my (much) better half there for her Birthday and she's happy for days afterward.

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I stayed at A&B which is right next to Galleons. Was quite happy with it.

As for Garden Key you can stay 7 days for a fee of $5 per person. Make sure to play by the rules there as the rangers get really bored and watch everyone like hawks. I had one friend get ticketed for taking the dink within 500 feet of the restricted area and another get fined for having the stereo too loud. Aside from that it's quite fun. Bring an underwater camera if you have one. I dove in and was able to take pictures of two huge Jewfish from about 6 feet away.
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