Sunset Marina in Key West Florida
Sunset Marina, Key West Florida
An angler's paradise, a golfer's haven and a shopper's dream all rolled into one package. Dock your boat at Sunset Marina in Key West, Florida, and feel the tensions flow away. On the gulf side of the island, protected by two breakwaters, Sunset Marina is located on Key West's Stock Island, a quick bicycle or car trip from Key West's famous shopping and restaurants. The luxury condominium resort provides a wide spectrum of amenities.
Offering state of the art floating concrete docks with slips of 30, 40, 50 or 60 feet for sale or lease, Sunset Marina is ideally situated just off Key West proper. A laundromat and climate controlled shower are on premises. The full service marina store is open daily until 6 p.m., with a supermarket about two miles away. The marina is close to the exciting night life for which Key West is famous but far enough away to provide quiet, restful sleep. The marina also offers fresh water hookup, 30 or 50 amp power connections, Wi-Fi access, refueling pumps, and a waste pump-out facility.
Just Down the Road From Key West Golf Course
The Key West Golf Course is within walking distance of the marina. The 18-hole Rees Jones' designed course won Trip Advisor's 2013 Certificate of Excellence, with reviewers saying it is a fun course to play. Mention is made that with tropical nature all around, including mangrove trees, iguanas, ibises and egrets, it never gets boring. The course offers a couple of difficult holes to keep everyone on their toes. The clubhouse has a restaurant open until 4 in the afternoon providing a nice lunch or a refreshing cocktail.
Shopping, Art Galleries and Bars
Key West's famous shopping and art galleries are just across the narrow Cow Key Channel. A city bus is available with bicycle, taxi or private car as other options. Once over the channel, it's a straight shot down Truman Street to Duval Street with its abundance of Fine Art galleries and its interesting shops. Key West offers a wide choice of museums, including kid-pleasing Ship Wreck Museum and The Heritage House Museum and Robert Frost Cottage, where some of the island's most famous celebrities gathered in their day. Ernest Hemingway's house provides another must-see museum. Duval Street is also home to some of the most iconic bars and restaurants on Key West. The Green Parrot is the oldest bar on the island; it offers honky-tonk music starting each evening around 5:30. It has a laid-back, fun vibe, as do most of Key West's bars and ubiquitous seafood restaurants.
Key West Florida Fishing
No discussion of Key West could be complete without talking about its famous fishing. Key West offers tours for every kind of fishing available. If you want to do intense battle with a fighting fish, book a deep sea tour. One of the better Key West charters that offer deep sea fishing is the Coolcast, run by Captain Mike LeDrew. Deep sea fishing with modern techniques on a modern boat provides an exciting experience not often surpassed. At the trip's return, you will pass Sunset Marina, getting a good idea of location and ambiance.
Key West Florida fishing is not confined to just deep sea thrills. Other Key West charters include light tackle fishing around the coral reefs or what is known as wreck fishing around other sea floor structures. Some of the best tasting fish are caught around the food-rich corals and barnacle covered bottom structures. Snapper, with their firm, flaky white meat are native to these warm Gulf of Mexico or Atlantic waters and are abundant. For a completely different experience, try Florida flat fishing. Book a tour with Bill Stockton aboard the Dream Sickle to try shallow water sight fly-fishing. In the clear waters of the shallow backcountry flats, you throw in a line and watch the fish swim to it. Bonefish, permit, and the often-giant Tarpon are common catches.
Great Florida Reef Snorkeling
The Great Florida Reef is a quick seven miles from the Key West shore. It is the only barrier coral reef in the continental United States and is the third largest barrier reef system in the world. The coral reef offers refuge to over 1,400 species of plants and animals. It is between 5,000 and 7,000 years old, making a visit to the reef a glimpse into history. If not fishing, try a snorkeling trip for a stunning view of the beauty so close to home. Or nearer to shore, try paragliding behind a fast moving speedboat. Or learn to snuba, a method allowing dives of up to 20 feet deep with the only equipment being an air tube attached to a snorkel mask. Anyone over eight years old who can swim is allowed. Fascinating glass bottom tours are also available for underwater sightseeing while remaining dry.
Dry Tortugas National Park
Key West is the southernmost city in the continental United States. It sits at the gateway to the Caribbean with Dry Tortugas National Park a day trip away. The park, one of the most remote in the National Park System, offers no overland access. The only way to get there is by boat or seaplane; a charter of each is available. The park is about 70 miles west of Key West and is home to Fort Jefferson, the lookout established to stop piracy in the Caribbean. Rich in history, the national park, sitting in crystal clear water, is also home to amazing reefs and protected wild life. Snorkeling and diving the colorful reef show life the diverse, and other animals within its purview.
Dockage at Key West's Sunset Marina provides access to this most exciting part of the world. Fun-filled day trips, exciting nightlife, then restful overnights, lead to vacationing with no parallel. Lease or buy your slip now; vacancy rate is low and you do not want to miss out.