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  • Eating outside looking at marina
    Eating outside looking at marina
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    Another photo of the boat by the office
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  • Navigator Bar with 'snowplow'
    Navigator Bar with 'snowplow'
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Boca Chica Key Restaurants

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    by grandmaR Updated Jan 12, 2015

    Navigator’s Bar and Grill, a full service restaurant and bar is located at the Boca Chica Marina. It was a new restaurant back in the early 2000's. We ate there sometimes when we were living in our boat in the marina. If you can get onto the Naval Air Station, you can probably come here to eat. I don't recall any other restaurants on that base except a snack bar in the bowling alley.

    Favorite Dish: The first night we were there we (January 2001) had dinner at the new bar (Navi-Gator) - the special was shrimp scampi for $8.50. Another night we had a roast beef sub at the bar for dinner.

    Navigator Bar with 'snowplow' On the wall was really close to the restaurant roast beef sub Eating outside looking at marina Shrimp Scampi
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    by DEBBBEDB Written Sep 21, 2014

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    We stopped here on our way back from the Poker Run (the motorcycle one from Miami to Key West). This place is an RV camp, a fishing camp, a tiki bar and a restaurant

    Favorite Dish: Some of the things our group had were
    Fish dip
    Hog fish fingers. Fantastic
    Snow Conch salad...Coors light

    I don't eat seafood so I had the BBQ

    Our group
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Boca Chica Key Transportation

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    by grandmaR Updated Jun 15, 2003

    When we came in to Boca Chica, we didn't have a car there. I had made a reservation, but the pick-up point was down at the southernmost point. It was the cheapest because they didn't have airport pickup.

    So anyway, he got his folding bike from the stern, and got it out of the protective bag (black) to cycle down. Fortunately, he had a bike helmet or he couldn't have ridden. Some other folks came into the dock intending to ride bikes on the base but they didn't have helmets, so they left.

    Anyway he rode his bike down and picked up a station wagon and put the bike in the back and then drove back to the base.

    The base security wanted to know what year it was, and he didn't know. It didn't say on the papers what year it was. Security thought it was funny that we didn't know.

    Bike in black bag on the stern Marina from the highway bridge Roads on Boca Chica as they were in the past Old photo of roads which are flat and easy to bike Diagram of the base
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Boca Chica Key Sports & Outdoors

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    by grandmaR Written Sep 21, 2014

    This marina is not opened to the general public. You must be active duty military or civil service or retired military or civil service. Not everyone on the boat has to be military but the military person must be there. The marina has a beautiful sandy beach, a screened cabana, tiki huts and a picnic area. In addition to the slips there are moorings

    1. Boat slip rentals at NAS Key West Boca Chica Marina are divided into three different categories. We were category A

    A. Transient Slips: Transient slips are rented on a day-to-day basis. A boater is permitted to reserve a transient slip for a specific period time (i.e. three days, a week, three weeks etc.) not to exceed thirty (30) days. However, boats may be permitted to stay longer than thirty (30) days if there are no other reservations and the Marina Manager approves the extension.

    2. In accordance with BUPERS instruction 1710.11 priorities for slip space in the marina are provided as follows:

    o Active duty military personnel attached to NAS Key West will receive first priority.

    o Active duty military personnel not attached to NAS Key West will receive second priority

    o Military retirees who live aboard their boat will receive third priority

    o Military retirees who do not live aboard their boat will receive fourth priority

    o Department of Defense civilian personnel attached to NAS Key West will receive fifth priority

    o No contractors are permitted slip space at the Marina

    Renter Requirements for All Slip Rentals

    3. All vessels are required to maintain $100,000.00 liability insurance coverage and it must cover the removal of wreckage. All boat owners are required to supply current copies of their insurance coverage to the marina manager.

    4. All vessels must be outfitted with the coast guard required safety equipment maintained in good condition. The marina manager has the authority to request a coast guard safety inspection or deny marina space to any vessel not meeting these requirements.

    4. All boats must be capable of moving and manipulating under their own power at all times. If any boat is disabled the marina manager must be notified immediately.

    5. All houseboats must be of a manufactured design. House barges, floating buildings and other floating houses are prohibited. Ferro cement boats are not eligible for space in the marina.

    Equipment: B. Seasonal Slips: Seasonal slips may be available for boaters who wish to rent a slip for the entire winter season (November 1st to May 1st). Boaters must submit an application by telephone or in person no later than July 15th each year. If the marina receives more applications than the designated number of seasonal slips, then slips will be assigned by a lottery drawing held the first Friday in August each year. If all of the seasonal slips are not assigned by the first Friday in August, they will be rented on a first come first serve basis. A separate drawing will be held for each size slip according to beam.

    C. Long-term Slips: Long-term slips may be available for boaters who wish to rent a slip for a period of six (6) months or more. All long-term slips are assigned from a waiting list. Boaters wishing to place their application on the waiting list can contact the Marina Manager by telephone or in person. If a boater declines a slip assignment, they will be removed from the waiting list and may reapply after a three-month period. If a boater cannot be contacted after three attempts at the telephone number provided on the waiting list application, the name will be removed from the waiting list. Persons applying for long-term marina space must provide proof of ownership of the boat. There will be no limit on length of stay for long-term slips. However, all boats docked at NASKW Marina must be seaworthy and each boat situated in a long-term slip must get underway for a period of 24 hours each 12-month period. Accordingly, boaters assigned long-term slips must submit a float plan to the Dockmaster verifying the 24-hour underway period of their boat each year. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in loss of the assigned slip. Float plans will be kept on file in the marina office to track compliance with this underway requirement.

    Slips at sunset Bob standing by one of the slips Marina from US 1 bridge mooring field A boat like ours in a marina slip
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