18-JAN-2021 Monday – SW side of Long Key, FL to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Key Largo FL (34.0 nautical miles 39.1 statute miles)
Elevation: Sea Level
States (1): Florida
The worst thing about today was we had to make our own coffee. DeLuna’s Cafe!!!!! We miss you!!!!
Along the Way
Our next stop is John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park for two weeks. We had been warned about the ~1.5 mile entrance into John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. There are some very narrow sections with coral rocks along the way. The translates to DO NOT LEAVE MARKED CHANNEL. We time our entrance to the park with the departure of the John Pennekamp glass bottom tour boat. We issued sécurité as we entered into the park and then again at the notorious marker 17, a standard procedure for larger vessels.
Thanks Mark K for the Key Largo recommendations. We took your suggestion to eat at The Fish House, a short walking distance from the marina. The food was amazing. Dale said it was one of the best red snapper meals he had ever eaten. It was prepared Matecumbe style, the house special style with fresh tomatoes, shallots, fresh basil, capers, olive oil and lemon juice, then baked. It has been has been featured on the Food Network with Bobby Flay and Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
Key Largo is the northernmost island in the Florida Keys archipelago. At about 32 miles long it’s the largest island in the Keys. There are about 11,000 full time residents on the island. It is part of a remnant of an ancient coral reef that flourished here about 125,000 years ago when sea levels were higher than now.