We followed a similar route
through the Hawk channel returning from the Bahamas
with a 5.5 ft draft
. Rodriguez Key is plenty deep but rolly if the wind
is out of the East and nowhere to go ashore (we have dogs). Channel 5 has better protection but again nowhere to go ashore. Bahia Honda
has a nice anchorage and a state park to explore. I would anchor
outside Boot key harbor to the South if the weather
permits. It's way to crowded for my tastes inside.
In Miami the Bayside Miamarina is half the price
of the Miami Beach Marina. It's a nice marina surrounded by restaurants and shops.
If you have time make the run from Key West
out to the Dry Tortuga's. It's worth it.
Enjoy your trip,