I'm sitting in KW right now, albeit at a slip in Garrison Bight Marina. There are a LOT of options for staying here. If you want the best of both worlds, try a City owned mooring
... about $10/day on a monthly contract
, but you get pump
out, and a dedicated dinghy dock
and showers. Alternately, anchoring
is still free, but the dinghy
landing will still cost you $85 for the month.
As to the ride down, WATCH YOUR WEATHER! The cold fronts bring a north wind
that will hurry you down, but things can get rough fast between here and there because the water
is so shallow. If you time it right you can ride the south winds home on the head
of a warm front.... in the middle it is sort of easterly. All in all, the trip is an easy one as long as you keep a weather
If you do get stuck going when it is blowing stink out of the north, hug the coast and aim for Marathon, cross to Hawk Channel at Channel 5 bridge (65') and come down on the "ocean" side... remember "down" is really west in the lower keys!
New Year's in KW is a party only second to Times Square... I don't much go for that sort of thing anymore (last one downtown for me was the millennium!).
If you have any questions, I'll be glad to give you whatever "local knowledge" I can.