To date, the Florida Keys take the cake as our favorite place in U.S. waters to cruise. The Keys are a line of tropical islands stretching roughly 120 miles between Miami and Cuba and betwixt the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico.
The Keys are gorgeous, up and down, and over the years we have found some secret spots to anchor. From Key Biscayne to Key West, the seascape is dotted with small man-grove covered islands and clear teal water as far as the eye can see. We love the expansive sunsets and the privacy. When anchoring, we are often without cell service and our family time is all about unplugged living.
The kids like to swim during school recess – a good way to divert their energy and get the blood flowing. They always come back eager to learn and re-energized for the remainder of our lessons.
There are occasional marinas along the way and we have learned where to pull in to replenish our fridge, fuel and water. Marathon is a favorite stopover, mostly because a grocery-run often doubles as an excuse to see pals (Hi Geri & Bill!) for a sundowner or at least a hug on the dock.
Key West has a different vibe with a rich history and lots to do on land. While also beautiful, we have to share the channel with some giant beasts. Key West is a treasure and completely worth the trip for a real cuban burger – and to meet up with friends.
Recently we anchored in some sweet spots near north Key Largo that were spectacular. The views and night sky were memorable and we look forward to returning again soon.
I saw glitter-gold water
Dance in gentle folds
Rose-gold aqua shimmer
as the sun melted away.
The sky palette was every hue
Of pink, purple aqua-blue
Orange, lavender, gold
Sassy, brassy, bold.
I saw a billion tiny stars
Out my port window
A silver paint-smatter
On solid, deep outer-space indigo.
I felt the clean breeze
Sift through with tender flow,
In soft, light motion.
Cool ocean air skimmed my skin.
The sound of dolphins
Lapping joy; gentle waves.
Clear water kissing the boat bottom
In tender soft baby-blue.
by Lynne Rey. (at anchor, Barnes Sound, North Key Largo, FL)
January 10, 2018
*All photos were taken with my LG V20 Smartphone.