Boating in Key Largo, Florida
Laid-back Lifestyle with Unexpected Adventure
The Keys offer something for everyone. Boaters will find a variety of marina options in the Keys from high-end resorts to small island hideaways. Regardless of where you stay, you will find a wonderful laid-back attitude, delicious fresh seafood served at a number of waterside bars and restaurants, and plenty of activities to fill your day.
Accessing the Keys is relatively easy from Miami on the East Coast or Marco Island on the West Coast. Boaters coming from Miami can leave Miami Beach Marina and start their journey via the Atlantic Ocean and then pick up the Hawks Channel (or the Intracoastal Waterway to Key Largo). Boaters leaving Marco Island can cruise directly south to Key West. With so much to do in the keys, you could spend weeks exploring each island. We put together our members' favorite destinations starting in Key Largo and ending in Key West including suggestions on where to dock and highlights on what to do and where to eat in each area. We hope to hear your stories and adventures of cruising the Keys.
Things To See and Do
Called "one of America's most exclusive club communities" by Robb Report, Ocean Reef Club was founded in the late 1940s and today spans 2,000 secluded, tropical acres on the northernmost tip of Key Largo in the Florida Keys. Its 1,700 private homes, condominiums and waterfront estates are complemented by an oceanfront Inn, two 18-hole championship golf courses, world-class tennis and lawn sports, some of the finest fishing in North America, a 175-slip marina, a 900-acre nature preserve, spa and salon, and 12 restaurants and lounges.
(tel: 305-367-2611, www.oceanreef.com)
Key Largo has a noticeable difference in mind-set from the hustle and bustle of south Florida. With its proximity to the Everglades, it is a prime destination to be considered the Diving Capital of the World by so many. Key Largo features six unique Sanctuary Preservation Areas (SPA's) where even hook and line fishing is prohibited. Nowhere on earth has more friendly fish than Key Largo, creating a utopia paradise for underwater photographers!
Key Largo is also home to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park which encompasses 178 nautical square miles of coral reefs, sea grass beds and mangrove swamps. Infamous ship wreckage sprinkles the spacious ocean floor, like the Wreck of the Benwood and the famous "Christ of the Deep" Statue." Visit: www.pennekamppark.com for more information. Ship wreckage is interesting to see – its history and aura. In 2002, the Spiegel Grove was sunk. This 510-foot, then Navy transport ship is the most recent addition to the Key Largo area. Other attractions include the Statue of Christ of the Abyss, a famed bronze statue that is easy to see while even snorkeling because it raises so close to the water's surface. The statue rests between the coral formations of Key Largo Dry Rocks reef in just 25 feet of water.
Key Largo features six unique Sanctuary Preservation Areas (SPA's) where even hook and line fishing is prohibited. Nowhere on earth has more friendly fish than Key Largo, creating a utopia paradise for underwater photographers!
The Key Largo Food & Wine Festival is held at the end of summer. This island is known for its ample tropical fruit, snapper, mahi-mahi and more, making it a perfect spot for this festival. It lasts nine days and incorporates 33 events, also including wines from all over the world.
Contact: 305-522-1300 for more information.