I came down almost 17 years ago on my sailboat for a month & never left! When I first moved down, I anchored on the bayside in Tarpon Basin. It's very well protected from all directions & can accommodate 4-5ft draft
. They also, now, have the government
center located on the water
there. There is a dinghy dock & BBQ grills in the little park there. A little further down the ICW
(about 2 miles) is Sunset Cove. There are several boats anchored close to shore here & several restaurant/bars on the water
. Both of these places, I have found, are safe. Both are also about a mile from Publix supermarket & a Kmart, via the US1 bike path. There is also a cvs & Walgreens across the street from Sunset Cove anchorage. The only other decent anchorages in Key Largo
is off Rodriguez Key & Tavernier Key. The holding is okay if you can find a sandy patch. Otherwise, there's tons of sea grass covered bottom that's sure to foul your anchor.