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Sunset in IslamoradaIt is difficult to think that someone could watch the sun set on the beautiful, serene waters of Florida Bay without wanting to get closer. Whether for a ride to the tropical reefs offshore, an excursion to Lignumvitae and Indian Keys, a sports fishing charter into the Straits of Florida or Florida Bay, or a fly fishing trip or nature tour of the backcountry flats, this is the place to be. You can privately charter your craft, join a small group, or sign on with a larger group on a party boat ... whatever you choose.

If you go it alone, make sure you know the waters, and take a chart with marked channels and depths. To a newcomer, navigation through the backcountry can be very difficult. Tidal channels are not well marked and depths are difficult to determine for the inexperienced visitor. Because this is such a wide-open area in many places, there is a tendency to run at high speeds. This could be disastrous as it is very easy to be mistaken about depths and run aground. The entire area of the Florida Keys is a National Marine Sanctuary and there can be fines levied if you are caught in this predicament. To avoid doing harm to this delicate and beautiful environment, try to keep your boat in the deep tidal channels, avoid taking shortcuts, and proceed at a cautious speed. It is much easier to back off of a flat you have glided onto than it is after you have run hard aground.

A chant that locals use that can be helpful when trying to determine whether or not it is safe to wander into a specific area: "Brown, brown, run aground; yellow, yellow will ground a fellow; green, green, go between; blue, blue, come on through!" It may sound simplistic, but it works.

But the romance and adventure of the seas are here for your experiencing, and the sunsets are free for your viewing.



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Blackwater Sound MM 110 Bayside Harry Harris Park MM 92 Oceanside
Indian Key Fill MM 79 Bayside Marathon MM 54 Bayside
Marathon Yacht Club MM 49 Bayside West of 7 Mile Bridge Bayside
Spanish Harbor Bayside Shark Key Fill Oceanside
Cudjoe Key Bayside Stock Island Ramp MM 7
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