From Miami there are two routes to the southernmost part of Florida - outside on the ocean at the mercy of the wind and the waves or inside where most of the guide books make it quite clear you are guaranteed to go aground at least once. Finally after a very large and long cold front bringing big wind and bigger waves started to die down we picked what we thought would be the better of the two and ventured out to the ocean and head further south. It turned out to be a beautiful day. Could even start cooking Thanksgiving Turkey#2 en route! Leaving Biscayne Bay there is a collection of houses called "Stiltsville" along the edges of the channel. It seems hurricanes have taken their toll and no one actually lives there anymore, but the houses remain. There was even a lighthouse for me to take pictures of (just in case we were going through withdrawal).
We pulled into Key Largo mid afternoon after an uneventful trip and met the dock master Dan at Marina Del Mar as well as the family of Pelicans who are keeping us company.
The marina shares the facilities of 3 surrounding hotels. There are 4 pools, 3 hot tubs, free towels, amazingly fast wifi and continental breakfast and afternoon snacks of popcorn and cookies included daily. Scuba, snorkelling, fishing and all kinds of other water sports are right here in the marina as well. We immediately booked to stay a week. Or maybe we will never leave.