Sailing Tours Miami , Ft Lauderdale and the bay & Sunset tours
- MINIMUM PARTICIPANTS: 2
- MAX. PARTICIPANTS: 125 (in 1 catamaran - or any multiple of 45 - multiple catamarans)
- COST: upon request
- DURATION: from 3 to 12 hours
- REQUIREMENTS: Sun screen- hat, lips protector
- TRANSFER TIME: call us transfer transfer pricing and departing times
Sailing Biscayne Bay - Excursion Highlights:
Cape Florida Lighthouse
The Cape Florida lighthouse is one of the most celebrated landmarks owned by the State of Florida. The tranquility surrounding the entire state park – and especially the historic compound – belies the dramatic and sometimes violent past when hurricanes, fire, and the Seminole Wars swept through the region.
It was built in 1825 and operated, with interruptions, until 1878, when it was replaced by the Fowey Rocks lighthouse. The lighthouse was put back into use in 1978. The lighthouse marked a reef four miles off-shore, and still marks the Florida Channel, the deepest natural channel into Biscayne Bay.
The construction contract called for a 65-foot-tall tower with walls of solid brick, five feet thick at the bottom tapering to two feet thick at the top. It was later found that the contractor had scrimped on materials and built hollow walls.
The first keeper of the lighthouse was Captain John Dubose, who served for more than ten years. In 1835 a major hurricane struck the island, damaging the lighthouse and the keeper’s house, and putting the island under three feet of water.
No Name Harbor
The obvious question is how it is possible that a harbor have no name. Furthermore, to name this harbor with no name ‘No Name Harbor’ is something that is unusual all by itself.
According to Mr. Don Berg, one of the original land developers on Key Biscayne, and owner of the famous restaurant “The English Pub, and The Jamaican Inn” tells the story. Before the land became a park, it was privately held property. There were plans that were drawn up to make the acreage that today is Cape Florida State Recreation area, a development that included condominiums, residential and estate homes and everything else that makes up a first class development.”
“With nothing to start with, as the survey and planning stage was underway, the body of water that is today “No Name Harbor” had no name, so that is what was written on the architectural renderings. Where the plans had the harbor drawn, in the middle of the harbor is written “No Name Harbor”.
The development, of course never came to be, but the name “No Name Harbor” stuck. The harbor with no name today is officially named and recognized as”No Name Harbor”.
The estate property originally consisted of 180 of shoreline Mangrove swamps and dense inland native tropical forests. Being a conservationist, Deering sited the development of the estate portion along the shore to conserve the forests. This portion was to include the villa, formal gardens, recreational amenities, expansive lagoon gardens with new islets, potager and grazing fields, and a village services compound.
The villa was primarily built between 1914 and 1919, while the construction of the extensive elaborate Italian Renaissance gardens and the village continued into 1923. During the World War I years building trades and supplies were difficult to acquire in Florida.
Deering used Vizcaya as his winter residence from 1919 until his death in 1925. The estate’s name is from the northern Spanish Vizcaya Province, in the Basque region along the east Atlantic’s Bay of Biscay, as ‘Vizcaya’ is on the west Atlantic’s Biscayne Bay.
It is sometimes referred to as the “Hearst Castle of the East”.
As we approach Stiltsville it seems to float above Biscayne Bay’s shallow sea grass beds. With it’s has a colorful history that dates back to the 1930s, when “Crawfish Eddie Walker” built the first shack on stilts above the water. Over the years more buildings were constructed, and the area took on an aura of mystery. Accessible only by water, the area was the place to see and be seen when visiting the winter resorts on nearby Miami Beach. Stories of illegal alcohol and gambling led to several police raids on the Bikini Club and Quarterdeck Club.
At its peak in 1960, there were 27 structures on the flats, but hurricanes, fires and the ravages of being in such an exposed place made every building relatively short-lived. There are seven remaining structures.Our Catamarans' Sunset tours
Sunset charter departs 6:30 pm sharp - 9:00 pm
Departing from any Marina south of Downtown Miami, sailing into beautiful Biscayne Bay for a 2 hr,30 minute tour. Guests will experience the magnificent wildlife that the bay has to offer, as well as a narrative on this historically rich, relevant, area. Some of the wildlife may include pods of dolphins, manatees, the occasional sting ray flying out the water, mullets in a frenzy escaping game fish, egrets ,pelicans and more. Places of interest would include Stiltsville , a relic of the old rum running days, Nixon’s Harbour or white house South where president Nixon spent his summers ,homes of the rich and famous, as well as Vizcaya; Let us not forget sunset… A beautiful unobstructed view of the magnificent sunsets for which this area is well known! On the way back, you also get to see the lit up downtown Miami at night ,so come sail away! Come sail away! Come sail away with me! is what you should tell all your friends and we hope to see you aboard Great White very soon ! Inclusions on this charter are: Bottomless beer and wine bar, soft drinks ,water, dry snacks, fresh fruit, veggie tray, cheese and crackers.
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