Once you settle in and depart from Fort Lauderdale, enjoy a short cruise down through Miami’s vibrant skyline and into Elliott Key. Located within Biscayne National Park, Elliott Key was once home to pineapple plantations and has now adopted a more serene atmosphere. There is something for everyone in this peaceful area of the coast. Envelop yourself in its coral reefs, islands, and mangrove forests. Dolphins, turtles, and pelicans make the Biscayne Bay Lagoon their home as well as Florida’s favorite sea cows, manatees. Enjoy a dive or snorkel at the underwater Maritime Heritage Trail which links six shipwrecks spanning over several centuries and sizes. For coastal views, stop over to Boca Chita Key Lighthouse or take a guided tour at Convoy Point to learn more about the local ecosystems.
Ideal Location for Water sports
Moving South, set beautifully between Everglades National Park and North America’s only living coral barrier reef, lies Key Largo. While you might not find The Beach Boys here now, Key Largo has been coined the “Diving Capital of the World” and is an ideal location for water sports. One can kayak through the mangroves or jet ski along the coast. No trip to Key Largo is complete without a visit to Pennekamp Park, the most visited snorkel site famous for its underwater “Christ of the Deep” statue and surrounding reefs.
Charming & Quaint
Just East of Key Largo, you will discover Rodriguez Key. This island is charming, quaint, and favored by gorgeous birds who explore the protected shallow waters. The National Marine Sanctuary is full of endangered wildlife and their habitats, such as bird nesting, feeding areas, and turtle nesting beaches.
Best fishing in the world
The next leg of your cruising itinerary will take you into the heart of the Florida Keys, Marathon Key. Known for some of the best fishing in the world, you can spend the day here catching tuna or grouper and your private, onboard Chef will prepare a delicious sea-to-plate meal for you and your guests.