25 May 2009 | View of a Canal from Las Olas Marina Boulevard
The short 27-mile sail to Fort Lauderdale was uneventful. Again, because of the lack of wind we had to motor-sail. We decided to stay at the city marina, Las Olas, located in the middle of "Miracle Mile." This marina was great, with a good lounge, laundry room and helpful employees. We stayed in Fort Lauderdale for nearly 1 week, giving us the opportunity to see this city up close. A neat thing we recommend doing if you are in this city is riding the Water Taxi which allows you to get on and off as many times as you wish in a day and visit museums and places of interest. The Water Taxi takes you on a tour of "Miracle Mile" where the home owners are wealthy individuals (from large business owners to CEOs to Movie stars) that seemed to compete on which house is the most opulent.
We anchored in West Palm Beach for the night and navigated along the coast to Fort Pierce the next morning where we also anchored for just one night prior to making a 12 hours trip to Cape Canaveral before sunset. Nearly 400 miles long, the coast of Florida is about ½ the distance from Key West to our final destination in the Chesapeake Bay!