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GRMPer posted 05-28-2002 09:22 AM ET (US)   Profile for GRMPer   Send Email to GRMPer  
I'm considering a trip to Key Largo for the weekend. I've got a 13 sport...are there places to launch and cruise around/fish/snorkel that wouldn't be too rough for a little BW?


smirkless posted 05-28-2002 12:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for smirkless  Send Email to smirkless     
One of my favorite places to go in either my 13 or 16. I like to stay at the Stoneledge motel (305) 852-8114. Got their own ramp and dock on the west side. Tons of good places to eat, many by boat. Its easy to hug the shoreline where the watter is calmer. Just watch for little marker stakes and water color change. Visit World Wide Sprotsman, Italian Fisherman, Snappers (Go through the cut, come to port at the little bay, look for small channel), south to Holiday Harbor, slip out oceanside. Key Largo is one of the most accessable, most fun, least expensive spots in the Keys.

Smirkless in Orlando

KeysWhale posted 05-29-2002 12:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for KeysWhale    
Italian Fisherman is closed, part of the fallout from Gus Boulis being shot. Snappers is OK for lunch, Ballyhoos is better. Tho not accessable by boat. Sundowners, Caribbean club (sunset &after midnight true local color!)and Gilberts are on BlackWater Sound. Alabama Jacks on Barnes sound by Card Sound Road has the best conch fritters in the Keys. Good choice on sunday afternoon when the weekenders head home. Bikers both real and yuppies, Ocean reef residents, Homestead farmers and a host of others go there for the country music, cloggers, cold beer and like I said the best conch fritters.
If you go thro Adams Cut to Key Largo Sound and thro the north creek there is the Flamingo Restaurant at Garden Cove. There is also another restaurant but I don't recommend it.
KeysWhale posted 05-29-2002 12:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for KeysWhale    
Also if you go thro the south creek from Largo Sound and head straight to the reef, you can see the Speigel Grove.It didn't sink right but we'll get. Looks like the Navy didn't tell us the reason they decommisioned the ship, something about weak bulkheads. Also many small patch reef are accessable by small boat. Summer being the best time, wind and waves usually die down in june and july. Lots of days we stick to the bay side of the keys no problem going from Key Largo to Flamingo (other than moskitos!). No problem going from KL to Islamorada. I expect some changes in the use of the sand bar off of Holiday Isle, local kid got beat up there recently. FMP and CG have been complaining about hours spent patrolling the area. Count Commish is to talk about the issue next meeting. We'll see....
KeysWhale posted 05-29-2002 12:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for KeysWhale    
forgot to mention, saw Whale Lure going south over JewFish (goliath grouper?) Creek draw bridge a couple of weeks ago. Wasn't quick enough with the camera to get a picture.
GRMPer posted 05-29-2002 04:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for GRMPer  Send Email to GRMPer     
Thanks for the suggestions. Sounds like a 13' isn't a crazy idea for putting around in the protected areas.


dfmcintyre posted 05-29-2002 09:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
We have not been there in a few years, but have enjoyed Largo Lodge. Ramp, dock and little sand beach on the west side. 4/6 cottages in a tropical garden setting. The manatees come up to the beach during the late afternoons and want to get fed fresh water from a hose!


SWarren posted 06-05-2002 09:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for SWarren  Send Email to SWarren     
Could you tell me more about Stoneledge Motel? Rates, how clean ect? I want to take my wife on a trip either the keys or mackinaw island with a 17 whaler.
dfmcintyre posted 06-05-2002 09:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Now _thats_ certainly going from one end of the county to the other!


SWarren posted 06-05-2002 09:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for SWarren  Send Email to SWarren     
We live in South Carolina so its going to be a long way either way.
KeysWhale posted 06-06-2002 11:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for KeysWhale    
Here is the local Keys paper. Links in there for local motels.

Here is the local chamber of commerce

lhg posted 06-06-2002 02:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
When KeysWhale saw us, we were trailing the 25 Outrage down to Islamorada for three days of cruising and dolphin/wahoo fishing (which we caught). I can highly recommend the Cheeca Lodge in Islamorada as a really nice place to stay. One of the nicest places on the keys, and not like the major brand name hotel places. An added benefit is they have a nice dock on the ocean side flats for free dockage of the boat, useable as long as the ocean isn't howling out of the east. This place is in the center of a really nice vacation area, with an excellent restaurant, where they will cook your fish, across the road, called Morada Bay. The Bass Pro Adventure World shop is nearby also, a must see. Caribe Marine is a Whaler dealership, and across the road also.

There is a very good boat launching ramp down the road a mile, down a side road not very well marked except for a homemade "boat launch" sign, on the bay side. Using this for the 25 was no problem.

The boating and fishing in this whole general area, both on the outside and inside, is really nice. The area is much less crowded than the zoo at Key West, now aggravated by all of the cruise ship visits dumping thousands of tourists on the town each day.

We are definitely going to return next winter season.

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