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Charters are run from Sugarloaf Key Marina. This locally owned and operated relic marina is a well known landmark in the lower Florida Keys. Conveniently located just 20 minutes up the road from Key West (mile marker 17 US1).

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What to bring with you

#1 Sun Protection

You will be dealing with a tropical climate, on a flats boat without shade. Proper clothing and hat are a must especially if planning a multiple day fishing trip. Make sure they are light weight, light in color, and breathable. Face protection is also important, a $20 Buff is a great flats fishing investment, sunscreen goes without saying.

#2 Polarized Sunglasses

If truly wanting to see what’s out there while sight-fishing the flats, polarized sunglasses are a must. Amber tinted lenses tend to be a favorite amongst most flats fishermen.

#3 Rain-Jacket

Rain can come on fast, and leave even faster most of the time. As long as there’s no lightning, fish (and guide) don’t mind the rain.

#4 Lunch when chartering a full day.

#5 Camera to capture the memories.

Optional: Feel free to bring personal rods, reels, flies, or lures. Quality fly rods and light-tackle spinning rod outfits are included with the charter.

What not to bring? Please do not bring large bags or personal coolers. It is important to have a clutter-free deck when fishing from a flats boat. There is a cooler stocked with ice and plenty of room for small bags and personal belongings aboard the flats boat.

Lower Keys Lodging

Guys trip? Need an affordable spot to lay your head? These places won’t break the bank.

Big Pine Key - Old Wooden Bridge - http://www.oldwoodenbridge.com

Sugarloaf Key - Sugarloaf Lodge - http://www.sugarloaflodge.net

Key West - Harborside Motel & Marina - http://keywestharborside.com

Key West - Fairfeild Inn & Suites - http://www.fairfieldinnkeywest.com

Bringing the family? Looking for a nice place to stay with extra amenities?

Little Torch Key - Parmers Resort - http://www.parmersresort.com

Little Torch Key - Dolphin Marina Cottages - http://www.dolphinmarina.net

Sugarloaf Key - Sea Vista Estate - http://www.seavistaestate.com

Key West - Parrot Key - http://www.parrotkeyresort.com

Key West - Westin Resort & Marina - http://www.westinkeywestresort.com

Looking for something very nice? We can start the charter from their docks.

Sugarloaf Key - Sea Vista Estate - http://www.seavistaestate.com

Munson Island - Little Palm Island Resort and Spa - http://www.littlepalmisland.com

Key West - Marquesa Hotel - http://www.marquesa.com

Key West - Sunset Key - http://www.westinsunsetkeycottages.com

Local Recomendations

Favorite Restaurants

The Square Grouper

22658 Overseas Hwy

Cudjoe Key, FL 33042

(305) 745-8880


Hogfish Bar and Grill

6810 Front Street

Stock Island, FL 33040

  1. (305) 293-4041


Louie’s Backyard

700 Waddell Ave

Key West, FL 33040

  1. (305) 294-1061


Pepe’s Cafe

806 Caroline Street

Key West, FL 33040

  1. (305) 294-7192


Best Beaches

Bahia Honda State Park


Fort Zachary Taylor


Snorkeling/Scuba Diving

Looe Key Dive Center

27340 Overseas Highway

Ramrod Key, FL 33042

  1. (305) 872-2215

Kayaking Adventures

Reelax Charters

Capt Andrea Paulson

  1. (305) 304-1392


Traveling to the Florida Keys

Option #1

Fly directly into Key West.

This is the easiest, but often more costly mode of travel. Renting a car is not necessary when flying into and staying in Key West. The island of Key West is small enough to utilize local taxis and your own two feet when getting around. However, a rental car will give you more options if wanting to explore the rest of the Florida Keys outside of Key West.     

Option #2

Fly into Miami and drive the remaining distance.

This is a more cost effective mode of travel. Requiring a rental car and 3 to 4 hour drive, this is the best way to do it if staying in the lower Keys for any extended period of time. Having a rental car enables you to stay anywhere, and go anywhere along the chain of islands that make the Florida Keys.

Option #3

Fly into Fort Lauderdale and drive the remaining distance.

This is often the cheapest mode of travel when planing to fly. Fort Lauderdale airport is also a much smaller and easier airport to manage than Miami International Airport. This requires a rental car and 4 to 5 hour drive to the lower half of the Florida Keys.

Driving Tips to Consider

Whether flying into Miami or Ft Lauderdale, it is very important to take the Florida Turnpike when traveling through south Florida to avoid traffic delay. Using the Florida Turnpike is by-far the easiest, more stress-free way to enjoy your visit to the Florida Keys. Avoid I-95 and US-1 when traveling through south Florida.


After exiting either airport, follow the Florida Turnpike signs to the SOUTH onramp. Stay on the Turnpike and continue south all the way to the end of the Turnpike where it merges with US-1 in Homestead, then the Overseas Highway into the Florida Keys. It is important to follow the SOUTH Turnpike signs as shown to the right while driving on the Turnpike.

The Turnpike is a toll road, please visit the following link for more info related to renting a car and ease of SunPass prepaid tolls. https://www.sunpass.com/rentalcar

Sugarloaf Key Marina

Rates are for a max of two anglers

rods, reels, flies, lures, license, and good times included!

Spring ‘Tarpon Season’

(March - June)

$650 per full day

Summer thru Winter

(July - February)

$400 - 4 hrs

$500 - 6 hrs

$600 - 8 hrs full day

4% service charge for all major credit cards