Learn to Sail - Biscayne Bay Sailing Academy
Biscayne Bay is unique in that although bordering on one of the most densely-populated metropolitan areas in the United States (Miami), in a matter of half an hour or so, you can be in the pristine near-wilderness areas of Biscayne National Park-the largest underwater national park in the U.S.
Best Local Sailing Destinations
- Three to five days
Upper and Middle Keys, south to Key Largo.
Access the largest barrier reef in the country; anchor overnight in a large variety of protected anchorages, or take a slip in a marina. The barrier reef offers a fabulous variety of marine life, and a system of mooring buoys at each dive/snorkel site to provide easy access and protect the living coral.
The bays offer great sailing in protected waters, but with the possibility of excursions to the Hawk Channel or beyond the waters of the gulf stream. Listen closely to the forecast, then tailor your itinerary for the perfect blend of gentle, serene sailing and exhilarating windward performance.
- Five to seven days
Consider a one-way charter or sail round-trip to legendary Key West and enjoy margaritas, mojitos and music.
Alternatively, voyage across the gulf stream to Bimini and experience all the magic that made these islands a favorite of Ernest Hemingway. Great diving and fishing.
The east-wise crossing requires careful attention-a north-north-east setting current can make for choppy, uncomfortable sea conditions if wind strength is Force Four (12 knots) or higher from the north, north-east or east. Ensure you arrive on the Bahamas bank in good light. The return voyage in fresh conditions is not so difficult, but it might be wise to avoid a slow, wet ride on the south-westerly course by heading south on the eastern side of the gulf stream before crossing due west to the Florida coast, and then continue south within two miles of the coast to benefit from the counter-current. The key here is timing and flexibility-always have “plan B”!
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