Thanks for all the advice. It went a long way in getting me started. If anyone is interested, here is a quick synopsis of the trip with the hope it helps the next guy out.
supplies at the 17th street bridge fuel dock
The marina was serviceable but run down. The marina showers were behind plastic curtains in an outdoor area with the ice machines and surplus marina parts
No Name harbor is neat to take a look at but we decided not to stay.
Nixon's sandbar was a nice way to spend the day.
We anchored off a key north of Elliott Key. Neon jellyfish at night and dolphins
in the morning. Awesome.
Coming from the Great Lakes
, the shallow waters of Biscayne Bay took a little getting used to but once we did we had some spectacular sailing.
In Key Largo
, Anchorage marina is a nice enough facility but it is land locked by the bridge installed 7 or 8 years ago. You can't walk to anywhere and it was difficult to get a cab, likely due to the holiday week.
We went across the channel the next day to Gilberts. A little more run down than Anchorage, but they had a Tiki bar and restaurant. They also had a small beach. We spent New Year's eve there. They had a good live band and my wife one the final raffle drawing, netting the boat an additional 20 bottles of liquor!
Finished up leaving the boat in Marina Del Mar. Nice marina although on a very busy, tight channel.