Originally Posted by HOTSHOT
I am planning a trip in late September from Ft. Lauderdale to Ft. Myers down through the Keys and up the west coast
in a 26' Pro Line with a 225 Merc. Any recomendations on what to watch for, places to see or places to stay?
I've spent a lot of time in Everglades National Park.
What to see? All of it. Running a 26' proline with an o/b, there are numerous spots to see. Depends on how much time you have.
Guides from Key Largo
scoot across the bay and take fares to Cape Sable and back in a day. But if it is your first time, I would plot the course in Garmin's Mapsource or some other product that allows you to see the course on Google Earth
or some other aerial photo
. Seeing the intended course on the aerials will validate that the course is in the channel. All that said, the first time you cut across the Tin Can Channel or Crocodile Dragover, I would go VERY slow. I've run kayaks aground! Once you reach Flamingo, there is a hotel
and a marina. Watch out for the wildlife there, saw a gator one night chewing on the cement pilings.
From Flamingo on a 26 footer you can make Pavilion Key in a day or even Marco Island. If the weather cooperates, you can anchor
out and enjoy one of the rare quiet spots in FLA. FYI- Shark River, Lostman's River, Chatham River and several rivers in the Everglades City area offer good hiding spots from the weather given the size and draft
of your vessel. Be sure to have a current
chart and run with care as there are several oyster
beds that will mess up the gelcoat
. Also Lostman's has a wicked tidal current
and Chatham has very rough (for kayaks) waves about 1/2 mile out when it is wind