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Old 02-11-2019, 10:01 AM
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Spending time in Keys over a weekend in March.. Is there a "go-to" sandbar where the locals hang out off Islamorada? Appreciate similar places here in Tampa (Bunces Pass, Jewfish Key) and want to experience that "Keys" style.

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Old 02-11-2019, 11:13 AM
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Old 02-11-2019, 11:42 AM
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Around Tampa... Pine Key (aka Beercan Island) or Passage Key (aka Naked Island) are good. Beercan is right off the power plant in Apollo Beach and has a tiki bar and Naked island is between Anna Maria Island and Egmont Key and has... Well... It earned it's name.

For Islamorada there's a popular sandbar in Whale Harbor.
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Old 02-11-2019, 12:30 PM
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you cannot miss it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 02-11-2019, 01:44 PM
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Whale Harbor Chanel just east of the Tiki Bar and Post Card Inn.... I still want to call it Holiday Isle.
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Old 02-11-2019, 02:41 PM
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If it’s too crowded, try the “family sandbar” just north of there off the channel to Hog Heaven. Quieter and less boisterous, but just as nice.
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Stevie wonder could find the damn sandbar in Islamorada
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That sandbar can get pretty wild on a busy weekend. More Miami stlye than Keys style though.
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Thanks all for the tips.. Miami style not so appealing. However, have some options now for the one day among six that we may do something like that. Mostly focusing on the fishing and praying to the weather gods to keep the wind down.

Totally agree.. can’t miss that fiasco if you are headed by there or using that cut. We are staying a bit further south so there would be no guarantee I’d happen upon that on Sat.

Again.. appreciated!

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Old 02-12-2019, 04:12 AM
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Originally Posted by acme54321 View Post
That sandbar can get pretty wild on a busy weekend. More Miami stlye than Keys style though.
Very true...but sometimes the "scenery" is amazing
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If you have children I would steer clear of the Islamorada sand bar. That place is a zoo with a bunch of folks from Miami in go-fast boats. If you're single or even in a relationship with no kids, knock yourself out. It is definitely a party.
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Old 02-12-2019, 06:19 AM
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I guess I misunderstood what you were looking for, that sandbar is not my style either. Go one cut north for a chilled out less populated sandbar, you'll probably have a dozen or so boats hanging out there.
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Old 02-12-2019, 07:01 AM
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Thanks VTX - it's all good. No kids with us so the other 3 on the trip (1 is my wife) may want something a little less kid friendly where some debauchery is likely. We are not easily offended.. well unless people start doing stupid shit and can't drive / anchor their boats properly (god I hate that). But I also realize that encountering morons goes with sharing public spaces like sandbars which happens here in Tampa too. Regardless, just want to chill and have a good time with some cool folks that share the same passion of the water.

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Old 02-12-2019, 07:12 AM
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If you time it right you might be able to hit the full moon party too
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Full moon is on the day before we leave, Wed 3/20. If mid week is it on the weekend prior or after? Sorry if that is a dumb ?
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Friday, March 22nd looks like you just missed it
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Old 02-12-2019, 11:59 AM
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well unless people start doing stupid shit and can't drive / anchor their boats properly (god I hate that)
There will be PLENTY of that. Pretty much every video of a Keys sandbar shitshow on the internet is from Islamorada. It's a good time. If you go there make sure you anchor up on the edge of the madness otherwise you'll be trapped in it too. My expriences were all in the summer, March it might be a little more relaxed.

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Originally Posted by acme54321 View Post
There will be PLENTY of that. Pretty much every video of a Keys sandbar shitshow on the internet is from Islamorada. It's a good time. If you go there make sure you anchor up on the edge of the madness otherwise you'll be trapped in it too. My expriences were all in the summer, March it might be a little more relaxed.
I don't know how much spring break crowd there is but you might see some of that as well.
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Originally Posted by VTXrider View Post
I don't know how much spring break crowd there is but you might see some of that as well.
I went to Islamorada for Florida spring break back in 08 and there was no crowd any where. Quietest I have ever seen the keys to be honest.
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Better brush up on your Espanol
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Not that it matters but we stayed at holiday aisle ( or whatever it’s called now ) a few years back and we were the only gringos in the house & on the sandbar
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