Sun & Fun Family Vacation

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My family booked a two day adventure with Nautical Quest Adventures and we enjoyed every minute. We began each day with breakfast at Harriette’s Diner on the way to Garden Cove Marina. Garden Cove is a beautiful little marina hidden away in a quiet little Key Largo neighborhood. We met Captain Putnam there around 9:00AM and after a brief safety meeting we embarked on our adventure. There was six of us; my wife Chasity, my son Chase and his girlfriend Sarah and my daughters, Allie and Emily. Nautical Quest’s motto is your day, your way and that is exactly how it happens.

Because it was a little choppy on the Atlantic side, we choose to explore the leeward side of isle near the Everglades National Park. We made our way thru Blackwater Sound into the Gulf. My wife and Emily rode in the boat tower as we cruised along. Everyone was ecstatic. We found a deserted island for the kids to explore on the paddle boards. As the Captain prepared our lunch, my children viewed beautiful tropical fish and birds and horseshoe crabs.

We returned home to Garden Cove Marina just in time to enjoy a wonderful dinner at the Buzzard’s Roost. The catch of the day was blackened Mahi Mahi. Chase and Allie had been promised a day of fishing, so day two was filled with casting near the reefs. My daughter baited her own hook with large shrimp and caught grouper, yellow tail, and a parrot fish.

If you’re lucky enough to land a big catch, The Buzzard’s Roost will prepare it for you. There was not enough hours in the day to see everything. I am so looking forward to coming back to snorkel the Christ of the Abyss Statue and dive the nearby reef in the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. Or maybe I will have a leisurely day drinking at the sandbar. I haven’t quite made up my mind yet, but no matter when we go, we will be booking another adventure with Nautical Quest Adventures.

Paul Lowe and family


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