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Route from Key West to Isla Mujeres/Cancun?

I'll be sailing my 67 Morgan 34 from Key West to the Cancun area. What routes has anybody taken, or what do you suggest? I'll be leaving mid-June. I was told heading to the Dry Tortugas then Cuba then Mexico, or dry Tortugas straight to Mexico.. What's every bodies opinion?

Also, what should I be aware and prepared for before I head out? Any chart recommendations? What's going to be my biggest concerns? Any ideas and opinions will help vey much! Thanks everybody!
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Re: Route from Key West to Isla Mujeres/Cancun?

Your biggest concern should be hurricanes.......

Any of the routes you mention work. One way or another you have to deal with the Yucatan and Loop currents.

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Re: Route from Key West to Isla Mujeres/Cancun?

From what I read on another post of yours, you have little or no sailing experience. This is not a trip for a novice sailor, even one with a crew. You will encounter currents that can nearly bring you to a standstill, and contrary winds that are often in opposition to the currents, which will build standing, stacking waves that will beat you to death.

The best route is likely Key West to the Marquesses Keys, then to the Dry Tortugas, follow the Cuban coast, then head across. It's a very, very long trip, even for an experienced captain.

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