There's not too much to see on Stock Island. About the only things I know of on the island are businesses, a marina, some restaurants, Key West area's one golf course, some dive shops and the animal rescue shelter. So if there is a Must See on Stock Island, this would be it.
This is advertised as the 'only frost-free tropical moist forest garden in the continental' US. Their goal is to eliminate the non-native invasive plants and retain the local indigenous plants.
Open every day except Wednesday. Closed in September.
Suggested donations $4.00, children free
Senior citizens and locals with ID $2.00.
Oceanside is primarily a motor boat/ fishing boat marina, but it is also convenient for sailboats.
In 2001, they charged us $2.65/foot plus $2.50/foot for environmental impact fee plus tax. Water, electricity and cable was included. I was afraid to tell Bob how much it was, and it has apparently gone up 10 cents a foot since then.
They gave us cards for the shower facilities, and said if we lost them they'd charge an additional $10 but didn't require a deposit. The washers were $1.75, and they were a little sticky about taking money. Two didn't work. The dryers were very good and efficient.
Of the 3 pay phones (2 shown on the right), one had no dial tone, one had a loud hum on the line, and only one worked well enough to phone on. The restaurant on the premises was not open. The Hickory House right outside the gate is but we never went there. We never could find the Rusty Anchor that the gate guard recommended. There is a guard on at night. You can get pizza or chinese food delivered if desired.
Equipment: Current rates from the website. You can see why the moorings are such a good deal.
1. Slip rate, daily transient (includes utilities) $2.75/FT/DAY
2. Seawall rate, daily transient (includes limited utilities) $2.50/FT/DAY
3. Long term dockage rates (must be paid in advance)
MONTHLY $27.00 / FT / MONTH
QUARTERLY (pre-payment) $25.00 / FT / MONTH
SEMI-ANNUAL (pre-payment) $24.00 / FT / MONTH
ANNUAL (pre-payment) $23.00/FT/MONTH
SEAWALL (One month max.) $21.00/FT/MONTH
4. Oceanfront slips (679-692)
Daily transient rate $3.25 / FT/DAY
Monthly rate (slip rate) plus $80.00 / MONTH
5. Environmental Impact Fee of 1 1/2% will be charged on all daily and monthly storage rates.
6. Liveaboard Fee
(applies to tenants living aboard 10 or more days consecutively) $80.00 / MONTH
Include: electricity, water, garbage, bathhouse, and cable TV. (No cable hookup on the Seawall) .
They also have dry storage, and a boat ramp and they rent boats.
My sister and BIL wanted to come and vacation close to where we were. He likes to play golf, so I checked up on it for him.
Even though golf is BIG in Florida, as far as I know there are only 4 courses in the keys. Two are private courses (in Key Largo and Marathon), and two are public courses. One of the public courses is on Stock Island.
The website says:
Golf legend REES JONES masterfully designed this public, 18 hole, 6,500 yard course to be a challenge to players of all abilities. ..
Equipment: The course is right next to the Botanical Garden.
Challenges of the course, include the infamous "Mangrove Hole" (143 yards, par 3 that is played completely over a field of thickly intertwined tropical mangroves).