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Key West Day Trip from Miami with a FREE South Beach Bike Rental
"Depart Miami early in the morning in a comfortable air-conditioned motor coach and enjoy the scenery of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. Cross the 7-Mile Bridge and once in Key West experience a Caribbean atmosphere complete with street artists outdoor cafes and restaurants. Spend the day leisurely exploring Key West  and soaking up the quaint laid-back atmosphere. You may visit Ernest Hemingway’s House the southern most point of the continental U.S. (the famous “90 miles to Cuba” Monument)
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Helicopter Flight Over Seven Mile Bridge with Optional Sombrero Lighthouse and Duck Key Tour
"Your thrilling helicopter tour begins at the Florida Keys Marathon Airport. Buckle in for the ride of a lifetime as you lift off the ground in a helicopter to fly over Marathon and make your way across the Florida Keys. Travel above the Florida Keys’ sea turtles stingrays and maybe even sharks.Extend your tour!Upgrade to extend your tour to fly over the historic Sombrero Key Lighthouse and Duck Key. Then pass over more waters that seem to extend in a never-ending stretch of turquoise lacquered with coral reefs beneath the surface and drops of islands. There’s no better way to see the ocean than from the air. Please note: Due to safety requirements we cannot accommodate persons weighing more than 300 pounds (136 kg). For a group of three no more than a total of 550 pounds (249 kg)."""
From $155.00
 
Day Excursion to Key West From Miami
"Come and see the southernmost city in the continental United States of America Key West. You will be picked up at your hotel and escorted by a knowledgeable and professional guide. Interesting facts and intriguing details regarding this quaint cozy island will be shared with you. Along the way you will cross 42 bridges that connect the chain of islands in the middle of the water the longest of which is 7 miles giving you a sense of pure relaxation. The stunning shades of water color solely justify this trip. You will arrive In Key West at approximately 11:30 am providing you with the opportunity to walk along the palm-lined streets discover gingerbread mansions
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Keys

These little islands of the Florida keys are a tropical paradise of dense trees, mangrove swamps, and sand dunes. The closeness of the reefs offers a rare glimpse without having to boat miles offshore.

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Apr 18, 2003

MM 1194.1 Burdines Waterfront and Marina

Burdines has monthly slips for $17.95/ft in 2004. But it is a small marina, and the slip reservations for the winter go fast. The tiki bar has live music most nights.

Equipment Burdine's has gas and diesel, airfills & equipment rental for scuba, live & frozen bait, cold drinks, convenience groceries, fishing tackle & misc. supplies. The small marina is well protected, with new showers and bathrooms, cable TV and phone ready. VERY friendly people. The Chiki Tiki on the balcony is a great local bar with sandwiches and superb blackened french fries and great burgers (big). Also has fried key lime pie.. Gary Simmons, marina manager

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Mar 18, 2004

MM 1194.1 Marathon Cay Club

Marathon Cay Club (formerly Marina and Boatyard) has a gas dock (the first one on the left as you go in Boot Key channel). Be aware that the price on the sign does NOT include the 7.5% Florida tax.

In 2001, Marathon Marina (not Marathon Municipal Marina) charged $2.32/day for 30 amp, and the same for water. Cable was $3.00/day. Go figure.

They are quite *** about including the bow sprit and dinghy davits in the length you pay for, even though it makes no difference -it is the same length slip in any case.

Dockage Rates in 2006: $2.50/ft, including utilities
Hours: 8am-6pm, fuel dock until 7pm
Internet: Wireless & high speed

The daily rate in was $1.60/ft in 2002 and the weekly rate was $1.30/ft in 2002 . That's why we decided to stay for a week. They forbid the use of fenders on the wooden finger piers (on the pilings is OK).

The monthly rate in 2003 is $18 plus/ft (when you add all the taxes etc to the published rate of $16.50/ft. and includes 2 free pumpouts/month. Over 2 pumpouts you pay $20 per pumpout (v.s. $5.00 from the pumpout boat). Pumpouts are done only on Thursday.

They require a deposit of $150 for utilities - Electric is 10 cents/kwh and water is 3 cents a gallon and there is a minimum monthly charge for both water and electric.

If you come in the middle of the month, they pro-rate on the monthly rate by the day. If you leave in the middle of the month, they prorate by the weekly rate. They insist on billing from the first to the first. So when you leave, you can't get any money back because the weekly rate for 3 weeks is more than the monthly rate.

These fiscal policies which seem designed to get the maximum amount of money for the minimum service are the reason we will not go back, even though the marina is clean and the workers are efficient and cheerful.

Their new docks have phone connections at each. There is an expensive new restaurant. There is now also a grudgingly offered internet connection in the store. The pay phones only work intermittently with PocketMail.

Equipment Hot water for the showers on the west dock side go cold when washers are filling or toilets are flushed. The east side is separate so it's better to shower over there - all the washers are on the west side.

The washers are open 24 hours a day for anyone to use - you do not have to have a slip at the marina. The washers are $2.00 each except for the big industrial one which is $3.50. This sometimes means there are no washers available because they are being used by local townfolks because they are cheaper than the local laundramat.

They say that they will not forward mail after you leave.

There's no dinghy dock, nor does there seem to be a free dock available for people that want to eat at the restaurant.

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Apr 04, 2011

MM 1194.2 Marathon Boatyard

There are three facilities called Marathon something. Marathon City Marina, Marathon Cay Club, and Marathon Boatyard. This is Marathon Boatyard, and it is just past the Boot Key Bridge in Boot Key Harbor. There is a very long narrow channel down to the marina. At the end of the channel is a dinghy dock for people who want to go to West Marine.

Equipment In addition to the dinghy dock, this is a full service boatyard, but has NO slips.

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May 14, 2006
 
 
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MM 1194.1 Pancho's Fuel Dock

I have never gotten fuel here, or taken a slip. This is a very small marina with very few slips and I've never been able to get one.

Equipment Fuel, Convenience Store, Full bait shop, electric & water, liveaboards, monthly & daily slips. Texaco Fuel. 7 days 7am-7pm. Hablamos Espanol

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Mar 18, 2004

MM 1194.1 Boot Key Harbor City AKA Marathon Marina

The manager of this marina rents out the mooring balls, and supervises the pumpout boat. They also have a small amount of dock space long the wall. Seawall dockage is $15.00/ft/month in the winter plus $30 to $60 for electricity (higher rate for A/C)

Dinghy docks, showers, restrooms and laundry. The laundry is locked after 6 pm.

The marina has a number of restrictive rules and the renting of the mooring balls has been somewhat disorganized this year. This is partly because the marina manager cannot see the moorings from the marina.

Equipment Mooring Rate Monthly $150.00
Includes
»Four (4) holding tank
pump outs per month
»Recycling center

Weekly $ 50.00
»One (1) holding tank
pump out per week
»Recycling center

Dinghy dockage is extra

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Apr 04, 2011

City Marina DInghy Dockage

In addition to $150/month or $50/week for a mooring ball, you also have to pay

Monthly $60 for the dinghy dock
Includes
»1 Vehicle parking space
»Bicycle space
»Port-a-potty disposal center
»Garbage disposal
»Recycling center
»Lounge-Library area
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Weekly $20.00 or daily $4.00

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Apr 04, 2011

MM 1194.1 Faro Blanco Oceanside

This marina has slips, showers, and laundry. They do not have a pool (that is only at the Bayside facility) and they don't have a restaurant, but they are close to Burdines and Castaway

The Bayside and Oceanside facility do not talk to each other.

Equipment The inset shows the Faro Blanco sign which has a white sign posted on it that says "No trailer parking" Immediately behind the sign is a boat trailer with a boat on it.

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Apr 04, 2011

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Offshore

Just offshore are the reefs, beautiful beaches, coral reefs, sea grass beds, and mangrove hammocks. A kayak will help you find an isolated spot.

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Apr 18, 2003

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