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Florida Keys

SAMPLE 7 DAY CHARTER ITINERARY FOR THE
FLORIDA KEYS

Yacht Charters in the Florida Keys

A cruise through the Florida Keys offers a range of opportunities and
rewards that are nothing short of fantastic!  Great fishing, crystal blue
waters, tropical fish, and coral reefs and more!

If your vacation plans dictate an abbreviated cruise of 7 days or less,
or you prefer to cruise through more protected waters, then the
Florida Keys is the place for you!

Biscayne Bay is the gateway to the Florida Keys cruising grounds; just
a short few hours sail away, and stretches 200 miles all the way down
to Key West, with lots of safe, protected anchorage along the way.

Imagine a cruising ground of 800 islands stretching across hundreds
of miles of crystalline water, caressed year round by balmy Southeast
breezes. Add to this an abundance of rock lobster, fresh fish, crabs, and
shrimp... All yours for the taking. These are the main ingredients of
"Americas Out Islands", The Florida Keys.

Explore the only - living coral reef in the Continental United States without ever having to make an open-water passage. Enjoy snorkeling and fishing (it doesn't get any better than this). Visit secluded islands, marinas and resorts and never sail in water deeper than fifteen feet!

Day 1: You board your yacht at 9 am, check-in, stow gear, have breakfast, then attend the Captain's Orientation Meeting to familiarize yourself with your new cruising home for the next week. Now you kick off your shoes and sail off into famous Biscayne Bay to relax and unwind, you're here! You marvel at playful schools of Dolphin as they play in the bow wake. You take the helm and just lay back! Troll along the way and you'll probably hook your first fish by the time Pumpkin Key and Key Largo pop over the horizon! Have a great dinner at sea anchored out for the night off Key Largo.

Day 2: If time allows, dingy ashore after breakfast to Elliot Key for fantastic beach combing on the Atlantic side. Because it is accessible only by boat it is great for a secluded picnic on the beach. Later you sail through Angelfish Creek and south down Hawk Channel. If you prefer, you can Snorkel on the reefs at famous John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. The coral formations and variety of fish are astounding! Anchor at Rodriguez Key for the night or try one of the plush marinas in Port Largo Canal. Entertainment, quiet pubs, fabulous seafood restaurants are within a short walking distance.

Day 3: You'll need at least two days of snorkeling and sailing the reefs in the park to see all the coral formations and explore the wrecks. Actually, you could spend week's right here! Enjoy the area and return to either Rodriguez or sail south to Tavernier Key.

Day 4: Set sail for Islamorada and Windless Key, dock at famous Holiday Isles Marina (there's no protected anchorage here). Enjoy an evening of dockside entertainment at the world famous Islamorada Tiki Bar. Meet some of the local characters known as 'Conchs', learn 'colorful' sea ballads and songs about the rich history of the Florida Keys, wild ladies, pirates and of course... Rum !

Day 5: Enjoy the sandy beaches of Holiday Isles, the fresh water pool, barbecues, parasailing, water skiing, wave runners, hobie cats and small nautical shops. Spend the balance of the day here or elect to sail south to Indian Key and anchor out for the night.

Day 6: Up early, setting sail north through "Hen & Chickens Reef" for fishing, snorkeling and exploring an ancient wreck! Continue north to Angelfish Creek and anchoring for the night at picturesque Sands and Boca Chita Key. Since this is your last night out, how about a Sunset Cocktail Party with special hors d'oeuvres followed by yet another gourmet candlelit dinner?

Day 7: Breakfast...then dingy ashore to Boca Chita for exploring and a climb to the top of the lighthouse. After lunch on-board, set sail through the Featherbeds and north to Biscayne Bay and the marina.

You've now sailed the entire Upper and Middle Keys, and had an opportunity to get acquainted with a few local 'Conchs', and spend some time snorkeling a few coral reefs you'll never forget. In addition you've also sampled some of the areas great cuisine, music and made long-lasting shipboard friends... An experience you'll probably cherish and talk about forever!

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