Originally Posted by DotDun
easy to see if you look at a chart.
are a must. There are many cruising guides
but none of them will be as up to date as Active Captain
. There are lots of apps (including the Active Captain app) that may be of use if you have a smart phone
, tablet, or computer that will provide very up to date information about what places are now open. These apps will also be useful for navigation
. But you should also try and develop your skills in reading the water as this is very helpful in getting around in the Keys.
It is fairly easy to maintain cell phone
coverage in most of the Keys. I went from Marathon to Boca Grande Pass and never lost
coverage, but once I crossed the pass I lost
the coverage, but I could still pick up CH2, the weather
channel on VHF
. It can be hard to find a place to land your dinghy
unless you pay for mooring
. On the upside there are usually stores where you can get food
, water, gas, and other supplies at close to mainland prices. It is also possible to spend months in the back country or head
West of Key West to the Dry Tortugas
and see very few boats if you want to get away from civilization. BoatUS towing service
covers most of the Keys but maybe not the Dry Tortugas
For my money
the biggest downside of cruising in the Keys is the number of crab/lobster pots you have to avoid.