Anchorages in South Florida -  Miami-Dade    

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Dinner Key Anchorage
Rickenbacker Causeway        
No Name Harbor
MacArthur Causeway
Venetian Causeway
JFK Causeway
Intracoastal Waterway
In Ft. Lauderdale


Dinner Key Anchorage       Mapetch logo Click here to see a chart of the area

Dinner Key anchorage in Coconut Grove is one of  South Florida's best kept secrets, and the one of the best places to stop over before going to the Bahamas or the Carribbean. Located on Biscayne Bay, it offers great sailing, good holding ground, plenty of ameneties and an interesting local scene. All of your boating needs, from fishing to mechanics, can be satisfied by area business owners. There is access to free internet, post office, groceries, laundry, fuel, restaurants, theatres, stores, library, parks, schools and many historical and cultural sights.


Miami Dinner Key anchorage is situated on the western side of Biscayne Bay, which has a sandy mud bottom with some grassy spots, which is perfect holding ground for most any anchor. There are two places where boats can anchor. One is the official anchorage, on the south west side of Dinner Key Marina, with over 100 permanent boats. Some boats house liveaboards, while other boats are just left on moorings by their owners. The other is a temporary anchorage in the turning basin on the northern side of the marina, near the Chart House and Monty's Marina. Marine Patrol routinely checks these areas for derelict vessels and to assure that the channels for entering and exiting the area are clear. There are some shoals and very shallow areas along the 4 islands found off of Dinner Key Marina, therefore caution should be exercised and it is recommended to stick to the channel when entering or exiting.


There are two places to tie up dinghies. Officially boaters are supposed to tie up to the dinghy dock on the south end of the marina, near pier 7 at Dinner Key Marina. There are many tied up there on a regular basis, however it is somewhat exposed to the sidewalk and street and theft is common. The other place where dinghies have been tying up is on the north end of the marina, along the wall adjacent to the Chart House, next to Scotty's Landing.  It clearly says that dinghies are not allowed to tie up along the wall in front of Scotty's Landing, however, further towards the point seems to not be a problem. As of the publication of this information it was allowed, but the Chart House could decide to not allow dinghies to tie there at any time.

He who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. - James 1:6

Off Rickenbacker Causeway    Mapetch logo

The Rickenbacker Causeway is the only road that goes from the mainland to Key Biscayne. On the northern side of it there is an entrance channel which leads east to Rickenbacker Marina and the Marine Stadium. There is a lot of room to anchor there in those spots, and many boats do. However, there are few amenities nearby, and busses only run every 45 minutes to an hour. No word on the holding ground or protection, however we have heard that the Marine Stadium is well protected from storms. 

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The moorings at Crandon Marina    Mapetch logo

Miami-Dade county put in a mooring field on the south side of Rickenbacker Causeway, right off of Crandon Marina. Sailboats must go under the Causeway bridge, but smaller boats can access this area from Bear Cut.


No Name Harbor        Mapetch logo

This anchorage is a frequent stop before jumping over to Bahamas and the Caribbean. It is located on the southern tip of Key Biscayne, in the State Park. The anchorage is somewhat protected on three sides and boats calm turquoise waters with a depth of about 10 feet. There is a fee to tie up along the seawall, $2 a day. There are showers and bathrooms nearby, as well as a cafeteria and a boating supply store. The holding ground is clay like mud. A supermarket and hardware store are a half hour walk away. There is a bus that runs through Key Biscayne to the entrance of the Park and out to Miami, however it runs once an hour. According to Mike Gray, who has anchored in No Name Harbor at least 5 times, "There is no current and no wind. Very good holding."

Off MacArthur Causeway    Mapetch logo

Off Venetian Causeway    Mapetch logo

Everyone who we have met who has stayed in this anchorage seems to like it a lot. Boats can anchor on both sides of the Venetian Causeway bridge. The south side can be reached from Government cut and the north side is accessed by the Intracoastal Waterway. It has a sandy bottom and according to sailboats anchored there, the depth is around 10-12 feet. The best part is that there is a free dinghy dock right next to the Marine Patrol station on the north side of the bridge. A super Publix supermarket is two blocks away, and movies, laundry, restaurants and other amenities are also nearby. There is a park overlooking the north anchorage, and world famous South Beach is only blocks away. Street parking is limited but available, and due to weekend boaters, the anchorage can be a little rocky on the weekends.

Off JFK Causeway    Mapetch logo

There are several areas to anchor near the JFK Causeway, or at least there are several places where there are boats anchored. In recent days there seem to be fewer boats anchored than usual. These areas are located north of the causeway. On the west end of the causeway, near Pelican Harbor Marina, along the trees that line the causeway there have always been several boats anchored. At one time the county considered installing a mooring field here. 

Florida International University   Mile 1080 ICW    Mapetch logo

According to the Southern Waterway Guide 2001, this anchorage, located across from the Bakers Haulover Inlet, "is one of the finest overnight anchorages along this section of the ICW. (pp. 167-168) The Guide also publishes careful instructions on how to maneuver between the two sandbars that flank the entrance channel. There are no facilities nearby and dinghies are not allowed to land.