Florida - Keys, Miami, Ft Lauderdale, St Petersburg and Key West.
With Miami and the Florida Keys so close to home - that is if you are reading this from the United States! - there is no need to travel far for your tropical vacation. Drive or fly in, and within hours you'll be enjoying the sparkling waters of the Florida Keys. With charters starting out of Miami Beach and Key West, you can choose the departure point, sailing route and length of stay.
Whether for a week-long tropical island tour, a day sail with the family, or a weekend getaway, we have the boat to accommodate your needs. Snorkeling, diving, fishing, kayaking, windsurfing, shopping, night life, romance, fun... something for everyone is awaiting in your own little paradise in the American Riviera.
Why Florida? Because chances are that no matter where you are right now, the weather is better in the Florida Keys. That's true even on a summer day. The hottest it's ever been in Key West is 97° F (36° C), and that was way back in 1880). At the peak of summer, the average high is 89° F (32° C). There are no super-highways or urban sprawl to radiate the sun's heat and the islands are surrounded by the cooling ocean waters.
Wise Floridians from the mainland flock to the Keys on steamy weekends because the air is usually a few degrees cooler than home. The water temperature might be in the mid-80s (30° C) but the sea is nevertheless refreshing for swimming, snorkeling or diving. In the winter, cold fronts can bring frost to mainland Florida, but you can be sure there will be no frost in the Keys. The all-time record low for Key West is 41° F (5° C) set in 1981. Divers or snorkelers usually get by with a "shortie" wet suit.
During these winter months, it almost never rains. By late May, however, the season's first thundershowers start popping up. Rarely do they stick around long enough to spoil an entire day. You might be wondering about the Atlantic hurricane season, which can affect the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States as well as the Caribbean and the Bahamas. The official hurricane season begins June 1st and ends on November 30. Traditionally, the highest potential for storms is between Aug. 15 and Oct. 15. However, the daily weather during this period tends to be some of the most beautiful of the year.
Call your Multihull Company charter professional and he or she can walk you through the choices involved in making Florida your destination. Here is a hint: If you love fishing or diving this could be the spot for you. If you want beaches to lounge on, see almost anywhere in the Caribbean! Call Kelly at 1-215-508-2704 or e-mail at Kelly@multihullcompany.com and we can help you with your decision! Meanwhile, here is a classic itinerary for the area that will give you a good idea of the area's riches. This can be a very affordable choice for the first-time charter as well.
Leave Miami, using the Inner Coastal Waterway south and cross Biscayne Bay heading for the Feather Bank channel. This first day you will anchor at Elliot Key (part of the National Park system). Relax here and take a swim or go snorkeling. You can also explore the Park. If you love to fish - what did we tell you? - You will want to be in the Sands Cut for an incoming tide.
Proceed south, continuing along the Inner Coastal Waterway route through the Cutter Bank channel to Pumpkin Key. At this point, you will cross over to the ocean side of the Keys chain through Angelfish Creek. Go south on Hawk Channel to Marina del Mar on Key Largo or anchor on the lee side of Rodriguez Key. Relax and enjoy the ocean air and cool breeze.
Relax in Key Largo, there's a lot to do here from diving and snorkeling in the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park to swimming or hanging out in the two pools in the Marina. Key Largo has a good collection of fine dining choices so make sure you opt to eat out tonight!
Head South on Hawk Channel to Snake Creek, and cross back over to Florida Bay on the inside of the Keys chain. (The Snake Creek Bridge will open on demand.) Follow the Waterway markers northeast and then southeast to Cowpens Bay where you can either anchor or tie up at Islamorada Municipal Marina. There is a great new swimming pool at this marina and the flats' fishing is superb on Florida Bay. You can reserve some time on a fishing charter for a few hours here as well. Fishing is best in the early morning so plan accordingly!
Tear yourself away from Islamorada and head back to Snake Creek, under the bridge and through to the Hawk Channel side and go south to the Channel Five bridge. Actually you can go down on the inside as well and you wind up at the same place. Anchor in Long Key Bight or proceed further south to Duck Key where you can pull into Hawks Key resort and Marina. Here you are a hop-skip and a jump away from Marathon, in the Middle Keys. There is fine dining, three good marine stores and several shipyards. These islands are small and a look to the right and left presents you with the ocean. Everyone is on island time here, so prepare to really relax and move slowly!
Time to turn back; we suggest you take the scenic route and go back on the inside. You should be able to reach Pumpkin Key or even Elliott Key in one whole well-traveled day. You can overnight in either place. If you don't quite make it, anchor anywhere nice along the way but remember you must anchor outside of the channel.
Take your time getting back across Biscayne Bay. Check out Stiltsville where rich Miami residents still play on long weekends, and ogle Nixon's Key Biscayne residence, spend the night at No Name Harbor and roll back into Miami the following day. Miami is such a fantastic town that you might want to spend some time roving the streets and catching the night life. Try Latin dancing till dawn! The food is a creative blend of Latin and American influence and there is much to please here.
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