The Best Time to Cruise the Florida Keys

When is the best time to explore this yachting paradise?

Now! This is the perfect time. The tourists and spring breakers have flocked away from the Florida Keys and the spring temperatures are just right for cruising. 

Florida yachters know this. In fact, many are already preparing to head down to the islands. Seeing these 126 miles of island wonders from behind the helm station of your private yacht is a truly unique experience. 

Why Now Is the Best Time to Cruise the Keys

Get your lines in order and stock your galley. This is the optimal time of year to cruise the Florida Keys. Why? By the beginning of April, the winter vacationers have cleared out of the area. The crowds have died down, but the temperatures are heating up. The weather is generally sunny, breezy and a balmy 70 to 80 degrees. 

Winter is the busiest time in the Keys. The prices for everything increase from December through March when vacationers from other parts of the country come to enjoy the sun over the holidays and spring break. It can also be chilly on the islands; the average daytime high in January is a brisk 70°F. When you’re out cruising around around the Keys, this can feel quite cold. Local Floridians prefer to wait until the beaches and cruising waters are less crowded.

As spring turns to summer, the temperatures in the Keys continue rising and so does the humidity. It can be quite rainy by the month of June. Then, July is the hottest month, with the average daily high hovering above 85°F. Its a relaxing time of year in the islands because it’s the low season for tourism. For many yachters, however, the sticky heat in the summer is uncomfortable. 

Boaters in Florida know that as the heat lifts, another factor limits cruising. Fall is peak hurricane season around here. It’s hard to know when a hurricane might strike, but this season extends through November.

Cruising the Keys

Every yachter has their own favorite island in the Florida Keys. Cruising around the northern island of  Key Largo is enjoyable, but be careful of shallow waters and strong Gulf Stream currents. 

As you head south towards Tavernier, Islamorada, Marathon and Big Pine Key, you will see a wilder side of Florida. Here the distinct island charm is strong, and that’s just one of the reasons that yachters love this area. It’s also popular for kayaking, snorkeling, fishing and sailing enthusiasts. There are plenty of places to stop for a break on secluded islands, sunny beaches and long stretches of sandbars. 

Of course, no cruise to the Keys would be complete without a stop in Key West. The resorts, luxury marinas, music, food and cocktails are not to be missed. The fun, laid-back attitude makes everyone who anchors near Key West feel at home. 

Thinking about upgrading your boat or becoming a yacht owner? Talk with the experts at G Marine luxury yacht brokers. Contact our office in Fort Lauderdale to schedule an appointment to discuss your options for new and pre-owned yacht purchase. 

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