Blue Turtle Cruising

A week in Key West Bight Marina

Once we left the Dry Tortugas, we headed to the Marquesas Keys where we knew there was an anchorage. We spent a night there knowing that we were only 25 miles from Key West and it would be a fairly short trip the next day. On Saturday morning, we left for Key West and landed there around 12:30pm. We had planned to only spend a few nights in Key West Bight Marina, while Randy was traveling for work, but the dock master said it would only be $150 more to stay the whole week (daily rate vs. weekly rate), so we decided to stay at the dock rather than get a mooring buoy for the remainder of the week. Randy had to travel to north of Miami on Monday and Tuesday, so Corey and I stayed at the boat. The first 2 days for me were spent working as well and getting caught up on laundry. Once Randy returned, we headed to the grocery to get what we needed for the remaining 10 days or so and we also had our dive tanks refilled. The rest of the week was spent working and playing—we walked Duval Street and got frozen drinks at The Flying Monkey (Our favorite spot for drinks), we had a cheeseburger in paradise at Margaritaville, took a dinghy ride to snorkel, toured the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum, chatted with our dock neighbors and met a few new friends.

Our last night in Key West, we had the opportunity to have dinner and drinks with Vinny and Bobbie, Key West residents that follow our blog. It was great to meet them and share our stories with them. They are planning to buy a boat to live on and cruise and we hope to see them out on the water soon! The next morning, we left Key West to head to Newfound Harbor anchorage for a week of diving Looe Key.

Arriving at Key West with one salty boat
Arriving at Key West with one salty boat
The Key West Express (from Fort Myers) arrives at Key West
The Key West Express (from Fort Myers) arrives at Key West
The boys in front of Blue Turtle at the dock in Key West
The boys in front of Blue Turtle at the dock in Key West
We watched fireworks for 4th of July in Key West
We watched fireworks for 4th of July in Key West
Key West selfie at The Flying Monkey
Key West selfie at The Flying Monkey
Corey in front of Fort Zachary Taylor
Corey in front of Fort Zachary Taylor
Blue Turtle in the marina on the left and a manatee we saw at the dock
Blue Turtle in the marina on the left and a manatee we saw at the dock
Randy and I with Vinny and Bobbie on the bridge of Blue Turtle
Randy and I with Vinny and Bobbie on the bridge of Blue Turtle
Blue Turtle dwarfed by some very large yachts
Blue Turtle dwarfed by some very large yachts
The Mel Fisher boat in town for Mel Fisher Day in Key West
The Mel Fisher boat in town for Mel Fisher Day in Key West
The city marina dinghy dock and a weed wacker-powered dinghy on the right
The city marina dinghy dock and a weed wacker-powered dinghy on the right
Leaving port to head to Newfound Harbor
Leaving port to head to Newfound Harbor
Captain Randy and Corey
Captain Randy and Corey
Leaving Key West Bight Marina
Leaving Key West Bight Marina
Corey fishing for Mahi
Corey fishing for Mahi
Arriving at Newfound Harbor
Arriving at Newfound Harbor
Boaters at the sandbar near our anchorage
Boaters at the sandbar near our anchorage
Corey cleaning the sides of the boat (teach 'em while they're young)
Corey cleaning the sides of the boat (teach ’em while they’re young)

 

 

 

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