QUESTION: We have a 32 foot sailboat and are looking to vacation down in the Florida Keys. What is a good place for dockage and mooring, with facilities of course? ANSWER: Very centrally located in the middle of Marathon at Mile Marker 48 is Boot Key Marina. They offer a first class operation, showers, recreation center, boat supplies, bait and more. It is huge and you can walk to a bunch of neat bars and restaurants.
The dingy parking is plentiful and you will like the protection of the harbor. I like the area a lot, as it has plenty of entertainment and all the watersports. Yes, the City Center is first class.
Here are the best of the restaurants in the area. There are plenty more, but these are the top picks: Burdines Waterfront - Fish Tales Eatery - Sunset Grille - Keys Fisheries - and the one-of-a-kind Cracked Conch Cafe.
There is an excellent restaurant at Boot Key Harbor and it is nice to walk around. Enjoy the views, but drive safe too. There are plenty of fast food joints and convenience stations. This area is of historic significance. Lots of great places to Eat and Drink, as well as quirky tourist stops and unique attractions. If you need a bathroom break, now's the time. Just follow the signs to Key West or take the keysshuttle.com bus. Experience one of america's great drives with wondrous water views and natural vistas.