Our Cruising Area

Our cruising area includes Florida Bay and the Atlantic Ocean off Upper Matecumbe Key, one of several Florida Keys islands which make up a village known as Islamorada. With numerous fishing and snorkeling spots within a five mile range of our home port, we do not have to travel far before the fun begins.

The Atlantic Ocean laps gently on the shores of the Florida Keys. The reason that we have no huge waves surging onto the shore is the coral reef that parallels the connected islands. The reef might be loosely called a broken barrier reef, because of numerous gaps with depths of up to 20 feet. Lighthouses were placed in shallow areas along the outer reef. These lighthouses are on steel legs that reach into the water.

Our waters are warm (72-80 degrees) due to the Gulf Stream which passes Islamorada about 10-20 miles southeast of the outer reef. The Gulf Stream flows northeasterly parallelling the Florida Keys. It is the warm waters of the Gulf Stream that enables living corals and colorful tropical reef fish to inhabit this area so far north of the tropic.