Cruising Florida with Google Earth

Florida Routes

East Coast and Great Loop Routes

First download Google Earth from

https://www.google.com/earth/desktop/

 

After installing Google Earth on your computer, "right click" the link below and "Save Target as:"

http://www.pageproffitt.com/trips.kmz

You will down load a kmz file (Google Earth File) of routes and waypoints to be used in Google Earth. Double click on it and open it in Google Earth in your "Temporary Place". Drag it up into your "My Places", then turn off and on as you wish to see the different routes listed by folder.

*Tip! As you open the side bar in Google Earth, turn on only those item you want to look at. The more you turn on the slower Google Earth will work since it has to down load everything that is on.

I have entered the routes and waypoints  from Jacksonville and the St Johns River, down the East Coast of Florida and the Keys, as well as the Lower West Coast of Florida and the Okeechobee Waterway. Also included are bridge names, heights and locations along the Intracoastal waterway.

In addition to the Florida routes I have cruised I added the entire Great Loop, including the Erie Canal with Locks, the Trent-Severn Waterway with locks, the Chicago River and the Tennessee River & Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway  down to Mobile, Alabama.

I have also left in the EarthNC, Google Earth marks, charts and waypoints to help in planning. The company EarthNC, is now closed but have continued to leave the product on line for those to help navigate with. 

Why Google Earth for our cruise planning? 

Google Earth gives us a new level to our planning. GH is not designed to help with navigation, but it will help with the areas you plan to stop off at. Use the Street View to see what is around the areas you with to stop at. You can also turn on Restaurants, Pharmacies, Hospitals and more and the items will pop upon the screen where you are at with telephone numbers and addresses. Have you ever wanted to know how far it is to the store and the dock master says "it is a few blocks that way". With GH you can measure it down to the foot how far that store is now!

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Here is a sample of some of the areas in Key Largo, Florida.

 

Entrance to Boot Key Harbor, Marathon, Florida

Sample of Melbourne Harbor, FL

Other Web Sites helpful in Cruise Planning

Download Excel spreadsheet on Bridges going south from Melbourne

Abacos

ABACOESCAPE.COM
Bahamas Ports of Entry - Bahamas Vacation Travel Guide by Bahamas-Travel.info
CBP.gov - home page
Stranded Naked Cheeseburger in Paradise Beach Party
Welcome to Destination Abaco, the Official Visitors Guide to Abaco, The Bahamas

Cruising

***ActiveCaptain
Cruising Outpost
North Florida Cruising Club
Places In Brevard

Keys

Pennycamp

John Pennekamp State Park - Snorkeling and Diving in Key Largo, Florida Keys
Main Page - John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Florida State Parks
Welcome to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park - Key Largo, Florida Keys
 
Anchorages in South Florida
Bahia Honda
Boot Key Harbor
Gilberts Resort; Key Largo;
Hawks Cay Marina
Holiday Isle, Marina
Main Page - Bahia Honda State Park Florida State Parks
peanut Island General Information
Sea Bird Marina, Long Key, Florida Keys
The City of Marathon FL - Official Website

Marinas

Caloosa Cove Resort,
City of Vero Beach -- Marina
Crandon Park Marina Key Biscane
Fort Pierce City Marina
Ft Lauderdale City Marinas
Holiday IsleKey Largo
Loggerheadmarina.com-
Marathon Sombrero Marina
Plantation Yacht Harbor Tavernier, FL
Two Georges Waterfront Restaurant,
West Palm New Port Cove Marine

Melbourne to Miami

Oleta River State Park Florida State Parks
Peanut Island General Information

North

St. Augustine Municipal Marina

Okeechobee

Army Cour Okeechobee
Okeechobee Waterway - a Cruising Guide on the World Cruising and Sailing Wiki
Okeechobee Waterway Boating Information & Directory
Okeechobee Waterway Navigation, Cruising, Bridge, and Lock Information
Roland Martin Marina Lake Okeechobee
 
***Cruisers Net
Seven Seas Cruising Assoc
***Skipper Bob Cruising Guides
Space Coast Bridges
Tide Region Selection
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers