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Great Loop Segment: Florida's East Coast

This segment of the loop includes 504 miles from the Keys to Jacksonville, FL. Leaving the Keys and up as far as Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, watch out for cruise ships. Once you get closer to the mainland of Florida, the ICW will be busy with pleasure boats during the weekends, and you may decide to travel during the week and plan to dock the boat for the weekend to explore.

You will be traveling on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway as you head up the coast towards Jacksonville. Do not blindly follow the magenta line on your chart plotter, because there are likely to be areas on some chart plotters that will be way off the route. Use the magenta line as a guide but pay close attention to buoys/markers because they are moved frequently to mark the best water.  Make sure your depth finder is properly calibrated and set appropriate alarm depths. Check upcoming waters on a daily basis for the most up-to-date navigational information.

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Forum Posts
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Miami Anchorages
Pump Out Near Fort Lauderdale
Surveyor Near Fort Lauderdale
Winter Base FLA 2020
Boat Yard in Stuart
ICW Nearby Attractions
Marina in Jupiter-Ft. Pierce Area
April Boat Storage Near Stuart, FL
Summer Boat Storage in Florida
Hull and Engine Surveyors Near Ft. Pierce/Vero Beach
Cocoa Village Free Dock
Cocoa Beach April 2020
ABYC Electrician on East Coast
Anchorages North of Ft. Pierce FL
Diesel Mechanic in New Smyrna Beach Area
Lengthy No Wake Near Titusville FL ?
Canvas Shops in Jacksonville, FL
Marathon to Miami
Route East from Marathon
Inside Route from Marathon to Miami
Miami Area Anchorages
Question Miami Marine Stadium Anchorage
Fort Lauderdale
Ft. Lauderdale Marina
Anchorages North of Ft. Pierce, FL
G & G Sail and Canvas in Stuart
ICW Northbound Spring 2019 Stuart to Norfolk
Key West to Stuart This Spring
Diesel Between Titusville and St. Augustine
St. Augustine Marina
Looking for Diesel Mechanic in St. Augustine
Mechanic and Marina in Jacksonville
Jacksonville Area Marina Needed
Entering St. John's River Going North
St. John's River Side Trip
Amelia Island Marinas
Favorite Marinas (FL, GA, SC or NC)
Hull surveyors in Daytona beach
St. Johns River
Car Return to Florida
Boat Yards and Prop Shops in Ft. Lauderdale Area
Weekends in Northern Florida
Boat Survey Jacksonville
Bikes and marians in Florida
Looking for marina suggestions in Florida
Weather Stations to track for crossing from Cape Coral thru Lake Okeechobee
Summering In the South / Key's?
Surveyor Recommendations - Ft. Lauderdale
St Augustine Municipal Marina
Vero Beach to Melbourne marina recommendations
Fort Lauderdale trailer storage
Jack of All Marine Trades in Vero Beach
Key West-Stuart, Okeechobee vs SE Florida ICW
Mechanic Stuart, FL
Vero Beach Diesel Mechanic 
Best route from Key West to Miami
Any recommendations for good anchorages in Miami?
lengthy No wake near Titusville, FL ??
Mariner Cay Marina, Stuart, FL
Harbortown in Ft Pierce, FL
Bike ride in Cocoa, FL
Crossing from Carrabelle to Tarpon then up to Jacksonville/Georgia anything to note from Irma?
Marineland Marina
Very happy with a yard in Jacksonville
Comments Sought on Specific Florida Drawbridge Closures
Anchor Snubber Moorings
Favorite flavors and where to find them on the Loop
Key West-Stuart, Okeechobee vs SE Florida ICW
Marinas in the Keys – real time recommendations?
St. John’s River – Dog Friendly?
Lake Okeechobee Information
Grand kids east coast of FL
Stuart Fla surveyors
Ft. Myers to Key West
Heading South This Winter
ICW Dog River, AL to Carrabelle, FL
Reprovisioning in South Florida
Florida’s Anchoring Legislation Update
Marinas in Biscayne Bay Area
Golf on or close to ICW FL NY
A Vast Wasteland
Florida No Wake/Minimum Wake Zones
Moving Yacht from Lake Superior to Ft. Lauderdale
Ft. Lauderdale short term dockage
Ft. Lauderdale Surveyor
Marinas in the Fort Lauderdale area
Ft. Lauderdale to Marathon
Not all yacht insurance policies are created equal
Marina reservations in South Florida
Cushion replacements in Ft. Lauderdale
Windshield Wipers
Water pump
Surveyors in Jacksonville FL
West Palm Beach marinas
Low Cost in West Palm Beach
A Word from our Sponsors
Dates and Deadlines for Various Loop Locations
Stuart to West Palm airport
Boat yard and Mechanic in Stuart, FL
Stuart to Norfolk
Stuart to Norfolk, part deux
Cheap marina in Stuart, FL?
Florida Shore Storage for a 44ft Beneteau
Florida Algae Bloom
Marine Surveyors in Stuart, FL area
Recommendation needed for fiberglass work Jacksonville…
Fantastic place to leave your boat in Stuart FL.
Storage Possibilities in Stuart/Ft. Pierce FL area
Hull, Machinery and engine surveyor recommendation…
Fort Myers to Stuart – Any issues for the route?
Stuart Florida Marina
Surveyors near Ft. Lucie, FL
Route Advice Requested
Passing Protocol on the ICW
Florida to Michigan: distance, expenses and possible…
Looking for a surveyor near Ft. Pierce, FL
A/C tech on FLA east coast
BEWARE! Vero Beach Loggerhead marina
Fort Pierce Repair Facility
Dunedin Fl to Ft. Myers and across the lake
Looking for Loopers in Fort Pierce
Leaving the boat in Florida for 2 months…
Surveyor Search Stuart, FL
Marinas – Atlantic coast Florida
Dog-friendly establishments on the Loop
Start date to be in Norfolk for Spring Rendezvous?
Favorite Winter Spots in Florida
Bearthing around Port Everglades
Coco Village—Playhouse performance
Boat electrician needed in Cocoa or Titusville
Northbound Fishkill ICW
Volvo Diesel Service Near New Smyrna Beach
St. Augustine inlet
Florida No Wake/Minimum Wake Zones
Volvo Diesels
Bridge of Lions Opening Schedule
From St. Augustine North
Easter St. Augustine
Outside options to the ICW
St. Augustine Bridge of Lions Opening Schedule
Cruiser Nets Along the Loop
Advice on “things not to miss”
Heading North from Florida
Looking for Boatyard or Mechanic in Jacksonville
Surveyors in Jacksonville FL
Engine Surveyor
Cruising on the St. Johns River near Jacksonville FL
Jacksonville dry storage
St. John’s River
Jacksonville marinas
Who Made Buying Our Boat a Success
How far south to avoid winterizing
Wintering boat storage in Florida?
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Captains' Notes
Captains' Notes

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Great Loop Link Articles
Great Loop Link Articles
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Sample Itinerary
Sample Itinerary

All Loopers have their own cruising style and preferences on miles to travel per day, cruising speed, number of nights per week in a marina, etc. This Florida's East Coast Itinerary, based on a preferred distance of 50 miles per day, was developed to give you an idea of the types of places and things you will see during your Great Loop adventure.

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