Boca Grande Channel
The Boca Grande Channel is a 6-mile wide passage lying 17.5 miles due west of Key West and separating the Mule Keys from the Marquesas Keys further west. The channel is in a marine region that includes protected island and water areas that are part of the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges. The area features white sand beaches, shallow sand bars, coral patch reefs, sunken wrecks, and great fishing. It is a popular destination for day-tripping locals and visitors alike, and light tackle boats go there on windy days to find calm water and plenty of fish.