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Old 15-06-2016, 08:32   #1
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Miami - Anchorage closest to the action?

My wife and I will be visiting Miami for the first time in early July, arriving from the Bahamas, and would like advice about where to anchor. We want to be as close to the bars, restaurants, night life, etc as possible. Having never even visited Miami via land we've got no clue where the most fun part of town is, and even less clue whether we could anchor close to it.

Additionally, can any one recommend a reasonably priced marina in the area to spend a couple days working on some boat projects?

Any advice is appreciated.
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Old 15-06-2016, 08:42   #2
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Re: Miami - Anchorage closest to the action?

Contact Dinner key marina in Coconut Grove. They have mooring balls and transient slips available. Coconut Grove is a trendy area, lots of restaurants and close to West Marine and other marine stores.
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Re: Miami - Anchorage closest to the action?

Active Captain would be a very good source of information.
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Re: Miami - Anchorage closest to the action?

Go north towards the Venetian Causeway, just before the west Venetian Causeway Bridge turn right and go towards South Beach. Lots of anchorages here. You can dink up the Collins Canal and tie up to the Publix dink dock. Walk to Lincoln Mall and explore South Beach. There is a free trolley that'll take you south to the MacArthur Causeway or the local bus - 25 cents.

As for reasonably priced marinas, forget it. Get a mooring at Dinner Key or Crandon Park.
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Re: Miami - Anchorage closest to the action?

FYI: 2016 Florida legislation bans overnight anchoring in Sunset Lake and the sections of Biscayne Bay in Miami-Dade County lying between Rivo Alto Island and Di Lido Island, San Marino Island and San Marco Island, and San Marco Island and Biscayne Island, effective July 1, 2016. It is illegal to anchor at any time during the period between one-half hour after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise.


The City of Miami Beach also recently passed an amendment to an ordinance which now makes it unlawful to tie a dinghy to sections of the Collins Canal walls to visit the city, leaving only limited dinghy access. The City is also enforcing a 7-day limit to anchoring in all waters adjacent to the city.

See South Florida ANCHORING BAN - just the tip of the iceberg for a map showing the anchoring ban areas.
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Re: Miami - Anchorage closest to the action?

The most lively part of town by far is Miami Beach (specifically South Beach). You can anchor west of South Beach as described above and dinghy in. However, also as noted above, the authorities have been hassling tied up dinghies lately. You can pull into a slip at Miami Beach Marina in South Beach (not cheap), but very convenient to most everything.
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Re: Miami - Anchorage closest to the action?

For several reasons we were obliged to sit around in Miami this time last year for almost two months - thankfully we'd left just before the anchoring/dinghy mooring hassles came in. We spent a lot of that time anchored where others have mentioned, just behind Miami Beach, to the south of the Venetian Causeway. However, if the dinghy mooring hassles are screwing that up now, an equally well/better sheltered alternative is about a mile further to the west, just off the Miami Yacht Club on Watson Island, you can take the dinghy ashore and use their facilities for about $20/day. It's a thirty minute walk from there into downtown Miami, or there's a bus-stop right outside the YC too.
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For several reasons we were obliged to sit around in Miami this time last year for almost two months - thankfully we'd left just before the anchoring/dinghy mooring hassles came in. We spent a lot of that time anchored where others have mentioned, just behind Miami Beach, to the south of the Venetian Causeway. However, if the dinghy mooring hassles are screwing that up now, an equally well/better sheltered alternative is about a mile further to the west, just off the Miami Yacht Club on Watson Island, you can take the dinghy ashore and use their facilities for about $20/day. It's a thirty minute walk from there into downtown Miami, or there's a bus-stop right outside the YC too.

Agree and confirm that bobnlesley have it right. Miami Yacht Club is ultra cool and in the heart of the city. It is kind a out there on a causeway but call a cab or hop a bus and your right on Miamis waterfront, close to Brickell Ave and a really good public transportation system. Jump on Tri rail and visit Ft Lauderdale 35 minutes north.

So Beach? Ho-hum, Who cares, see it once and your good. Miami has so much to offer. Suggest you first define for yourself what kind of experience turns you on. Then have at it. It is a great city.
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Re: Miami - Anchorage closest to the action?

Is Marine Stadium no longer available?
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Re: Miami - Anchorage closest to the action?

If you need marine supplies, my store is about a forty minute dinghy ride up the Miami River. It's an interesting ride with a mix of commercial and recreational activity going on.

Just head up River, pass the 27th Avenue bridge and turn left onto the Tamiami Canal. We have a nice floating dinghy dock on your right.
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Re: Miami - Anchorage closest to the action?

The Marine Stadium is still a good option except in Febuary when the Miami International Boat show moves in.
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Is Marine Stadium no longer available?
A nice anchorage, but not close to anything.

We spent all winter in the Miami area, mostly anchored at South Beach. There was no hassle with dinghies at the Publix dock (up the Collins Canal), and doubt there is now. We left march 29th. At that time the police were tagging and towing derelicts. I am not aware of any cruising boats being hassled.

A note of caution - there were a couple of sunken boats in the South Beach anchorage, so take a good look around before dropping your anchor.

We did spend some time at the Dinner Key mooring, and let's just say it gets mighty rough there with as little as 15 MPH out of anything south. The marina would be the way to go.

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Re: Miami - Anchorage closest to the action?

Miami for us is - at max - a one week stay. Its expensive and not generally cruiser friendly. I hear mixed results from staying at the dinghy dock at Publix. Last time I heard seatow had posted "no tie up" signs and was towing. Maybe this is not true - we have not been there since the new anchoring rules were posted.

The marinas outside of Dinner key are too expensive for us to stay.
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Re: Miami - Anchorage closest to the action?

Remember Miami and Miami Beach are two different places.

Miami Beach has declared war on cruisers, Miami still welcomes them.
Steer clear of The Miami Beach Marina. It's expensive, noisy, and it's quite a ways from anything.

I live in South Florida and avoid Miami Beach. I do enjoy spending time in Coconut Grove and the Dinner Key area. The hot new area to eat and drink isn't on Miami Beach anyway.

It's in the Brickel area just south of the mouth of the Miami River. This is easy to get to by public transit from Dinner Key.

If you need marine supplies, I've been know to deliver to Dinner Key. I go pretty close to it on my way home from work.
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Hopcar, thanks for your service. You are a resource for anyone cruising the area.
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