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Trip report: Jan 2014

Sugarloaf Key... Kayaking in the Lower Florida Keys

Sugarloaf Key (MM 16-20) at about 17 miles north of Key West and features remote areas of the Florida Keys, with varied wildlife viewing. Kayak rentals and launch at private marina. (Detailed map and photos below.)

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Kayaking at Sugarloaf Key


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Distance: varies
Location: Sugarloaf Key (US1)
Difficulty: Moderate
Tidal: Yes
Launch points: Sugarloaf Marina (See map)
Nearby points of interest: Bat Tower, Key West, Marathon

Rentals/Outfitters/Tours:

Sugarloaf Marina (rentals, tours)

Sugarloaf Key... Comments and Photos

We launched from Sugarloaf Marina (MM17), which has the most reasonable launch fee we've found in the Keys, and helpful staff. Kayak rentals and tours are also available. Paddling across Upper Sugarloaf Sound, we entered the maze of channels which provide shelter from the wind. The tidal currents can be swift through some of these channels. One must also cross some open water to get to the wind-sheltered mangrove sections, so we rate this trip as "moderate."


Paddling at the marina area

Upper Sugarloaf Sound

 

Narrow channels through the mangrove

 

Wildlife and other sights

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