Sailing in Florida Keys and the Caribbean


At the southern tip of Florida is a 250 km long chain of islands dipped in a turquoise sea. It's the Keys, surrounded by the only living coral reef in the United States. The subtropical climate and the extraordinary beauty of the Atlantic Ocean have made this ecological destination the best for sailors. There is no need to take your boat with you, you can rent a sailboat when you come here, there are four types of boat rentals to choose from: Bareboat Charter without a captain – the sea is no secret to you and the crew can take you back to port if you always took care. Hire a sailboat with the captain – you will still be out of practice and prefer to have a captain aboard to practice the bow. Sailing courses, you want to learn sailing or you want to expand your knowledge. Sailing charter companies offer weekend or weekly training courses for all levels, groups, couples.

Cruise with the captain and head – watch them cast and sail the pot until you have it lightly. Moorings offers "cool" or luxury sailing boats at 50-76 feet. Great formula for those who want to sail and relax with family or friends.

Boat selection

The keys are dotted with shallows and marinas do not accept very wide boats. Also, your boat should not project more than 4.5 to 5 feet and have a maximum width of 13.5 to 14 feet. They prefer single hull yachts of 40, 42 and 43 feet. They combine space, comfort and seaworthiness, and are easily maneuvered in the key small marinas. These boats are often better equipped than smaller boats. Catamarans are rarely called to marinas.

Best time to navigate the Florida Keys or the Caribbean

The keys enjoy a subtropical climate. You can sail all year round as you would in any season. Preferred times are March, April, May, late November, and early December.

Moments of great tourist migration: Christmas and New Year The risk times of cold weather are late December, January and February. The monthly hurricane season is hot, humid and full of mosquitoes: June through November, with peaks in July, August and September.

Good books that give you clues about the keys are the Florida Keys cruise ship guide, Captain Frank Papy – good basic information about places to visit, marinas, and underwater activities. Listen