The Florida Keys are a 170-mile-long island chain imbedded in turquoise water, running south from Miami and Key Biscayne to Key West and the Dry Tortugas. These islands are bordered by the only living coral reef in the United States.
The gulf side of the keys is dotted with remote, mangrove islands and is a shallow-water nursery for young plant and animal life. The subtropical climate and simple beauty of the Florida Keys make this American ecological treasure a sailing destination that should not be overlooked.
Sailing the gulf side of the Keys with the low draft of a Morgan gives us access to areas that are seldom visited. In the backcountry there are remote anchorages where city lights and highways are not visible and calm water makes for great sailing.
After having sailed and explored the Great Heron and Key Deer Wildlife refuges for many years, we feel this area is one of the most remote and beautiful parts of the Keys. There are several "deserted" islands where we go ashore and explore. These islands have large and varied bird populations and key deer may also be found there. You will enjoy snorkeling and boating over sea grass beds, in deep channels and around mangrove islands.
We are happy to partner with our sister company EcoSail in Key Largo for sailing trips where you can learn about the Keys ecosystems as you kayak and snorkel the “backcounrty” and Everglades Natioal Park.
The third largest coral reef in the world is located just off the coast of the Florida Keys. Coral reefs are among the most biologically diverse ecosystems on earth and are second only to the tropical rain forests in the number of species they harbor. Indeed, sometimes they are called “The Rain Forests of the Sea.”
Island Dreamer Sailing will take you to the many reef marine sanctuaries that stretch all along the Keys in the Florida Straits, so that you can explore this underwater world. However, even without getting in the water, you will enjoy the view as many species can be seen from the boat. Many of the lighthouses that mark this reef were built before the Civil War and they still help mariners navigate the Keys.