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Old 04-11-2021, 08:15 AM
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Default Islamorada Sandbar/beach Bay Side

We are on vacation in islamorada, the wind is blowing a bit and we would like to find a sandbar/beach/island to pull up to woth our kids. We are on a 31 Jupiter,
so we will need a bit of depth.

Thanks for any and all input.
Old 04-11-2021, 11:27 AM
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Bayside of lower matecumbe. Not sure if they put up the no motor zone yet but will still be fine to anchor outside and swim in if they did.


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X2 for the post above, White Marlin Beach or Port Antigua as most call it. You can still anchor up on the sandbar.
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White MArlin was packed on Saturday..not so bad today...if you prefer quiet..go earlier
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A few options:

Islamorada sandbar. Probably the biggest one and it's very nice. Can sometimes get very "party-ish", but enough room that i've taken my family and friends numerous times and we have enjoyed it. No true beach area, but both large and small boats can anchor up there, hop out and enjoy the water. Ocean Side and not protected

Rodriguez and Tavernier Key: A little north of Islmorada, but I run it in my 24ft sailfish and it's an easy run. Usually wind is blowing out of the East so these two islands give a little protection from the wind. But again no real beach area, just a good spot to pull up, drop anchor and enjoy the area.

Nest Key in the upper keys on Bay side is our favorite spot. You are supposed to have the ENP permit ($55 a year) but many will tell you that the rangers hardly ever check. I've had them check me twice so always have my permit on me. It's a beautiful island with sandy beach and no matter which way the wind is coming from it has good protection. We hang out there often with the big water matt and a grill and enjoy a day . Clear clean water and I've seen some larger boats there.

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Originally Posted by Fueling Around View Post
X2 for the post above, White Marlin Beach or Port Antigua as most call it. You can still anchor up on the sandbar.
Funny ... I sent him a PM because we don’t need more people knowing about WMB. I figured since he was from South Carolina, he would be okay there.
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Originally Posted by Mikestyger1 View Post
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Nest Key in the upper keys on Bay side is our favorite spot. You are supposed to have the ENP permit ($55 a year) but many will tell you that the rangers hardly ever check. I've had them check me twice so always have my permit on me. It's a beautiful island with sandy beach and no matter which way the wind is coming from it has good protection. We hang out there often with the big water matt and a grill and enjoy a day . Clear clean water and I've seen some larger boats there.
Isn't the boating permit free and lifetime?
From the ENP web
"No, the boater education program is free of charge. Though at one time park managers considered a fee to support administering the program and supporting on-the-water projects (e.g., channel marker maintenance, resource studies), other revenue sources have been identified to meet those needs."
"The certificate will not have an expiration date. In the years to come, based on public and stakeholder feedback and changes that may affect boating in the park, there may be additional information provided to boaters through course updates or e-mail alerts to certificate holders."
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Isn't the boating permit free and lifetime?
From the ENP web
"No, the boater education program is free of charge. Though at one time park managers considered a fee to support administering the program and supporting on-the-water projects (e.g., channel marker maintenance, resource studies), other revenue sources have been identified to meet those needs."
"The certificate will not have an expiration date. In the years to come, based on public and stakeholder feedback and changes that may affect boating in the park, there may be additional information provided to boaters through course updates or e-mail alerts to certificate holders."
https://www.nps.gov/ever/planyourvisit/fees.htm
Hey MGD,
Had to read through the entire things a couple years back and pretty sure The boaters education course is free, but admission to the park costs money. Different prices, but the annual pass is $55 and even though it's by water it is still required since it's in the confines of the ENP.

A couple years back when I moved to the area I had a pair of skis that were great down here. Unfortunately I didn't do enough research to see that skis were NOT allowed in ENP. Hanging out at Nest Key for a few hours we were told by a friendly boater to be careful because they weren't allowed. Once we heard that we figured we would head out and to Gilberts for lunch. Of course the Park Rangers caught up with us less than a quarter mile away from the "okay" zone (intercoastal waterway) for skis. They checked for our pass and our boater course and I had that which they were surprised about, but still gave me a $300 ticket for each ski! I can complain all I want, but somehow I missed that skis weren't allowed so sucked it up and learned the hard way! Since then I was almost checked one other time at nest key, though I had a center console this time. He pulled pulled up to our anchored boat and asked to see our boaters course and ENP pass. I told him we had it and was about to go into center console to retrieve, but he literally just took off. Wife and I thought rude/strange, but didn't really care since I didn't get a ticket that time!
Figured since I paid $600 I should have a life time membership to the ENP, but I don't believe the Park Rangers have that same mindset! I'm in the animal and conservation field so I suck it up and pay my $55 a year and assume it goes to a good cause. Enjoy
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Originally Posted by Mikestyger1 View Post
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They checked for our pass and our boater course and I had that which they were surprised about, but still gave me a $300 ticket for each ski!

That's harsh. I bet a single $300 citation would have taught you the same lesson without being abusive. $300 is a bit steep anyway. You'd have to blow through a school zone to get one like that on the road.

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Originally Posted by MiamiJay View Post
Funny ... I sent him a PM because we don’t need more people knowing about WMB. I figured since he was from South Carolina, he would be okay there.
I sent you a message today...the spot is no longer a secret. There was a 53 HCB there sponsored by EG Vodka...had a few other boats tied up with it...they had the amps flexing for sure...I love music on the boat, but find it behind tacky to play it so loud that you are bothering everyone within a 1/2 mile radius. It
happens at hime as well, has just always bothered me. We didn’t let it bother us...we had a great time regardless
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Originally Posted by Chimpo View Post
That's harsh. I bet a single $300 citation would have taught you the same lesson without being abusive. $300 is a bit steep anyway. You'd have to blow through a school zone to get one like that on the road.
We were very surprised and unhappy. And not the rude, Jack$## skiers that ride around. Had skis set up for fishing and have always been the jet ski riders that follow rules and never been into speed. Oh well...live and learn.

About the white Marlin Beach. I think I've been there before, but isn't the "beach" there on private residences? I remember reading somewhere about owners complaining about boaters blaring their loud music, having wild parties, and coming onto the beach which was essentially their property. I could be completely mistaken on location, but thought it was around there. May have to pay it a quick visit sometime in the future as we are always looking for family friendly places to relax and grill lunch for a few hrs.
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Originally Posted by Mikestyger1 View Post

About the white Marlin Beach. I think I've been there before, but isn't the "beach" there on private residences? I remember reading somewhere about owners complaining about boaters blaring their loud music, having wild parties, and coming onto the beach which was essentially their property.
I'm sure the people pictured in the article are behaving like respectable human beings, and not blaring music, profanities, and littering...

https://keysweekly.com/42/village-ap...-marlin-beach/
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Originally Posted by Chimpo View Post
I'm sure the people pictured in the article are behaving like respectable human beings, and not blaring music, profanities, and littering...

https://keysweekly.com/42/village-ap...-marlin-beach/

WOW...Had not seen this article, but that's crazy. I would probably side with the homeowners on this one! Would hate to have a piece of paradise only to have hundreds of people invade the backyard. Thanks for sharing the article. That would at least keep me off of the area and continue to hang out at my normal sandbars...

Has anyone heard of the one in upper key largo? Think it was called Mosquito lagoon or something to that effect? Could not find it anywhere, but figure it may be worth a trip out someday to scope it out.
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I think the one you are referencing is Mosquito Bank. That is up in Key Largo.


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