We left the South Beach area on Tuesday, and headed to Dinner Key, where we picked up a mooring ball, got showers, and did some laundry. Dinner Key used to be an island, but the gap between it and the mainland was filled in in the early 1900's. The Marina and it's 200+ mooring balls (!) are the main attraction in the area, but back in the 1930's and 40's it was used as a base for Pan Am's flying boats, and was one of the world's largest airports. Today the Pan Am hangars are used for boat storage and the terminal building is now City Hall. The inside of the building has been renovated, but I love that Pan Am's blue globe logo still remains around the outside border. I live for facts like this when we visit new places! It also really makes me nostalgic for that short lived tv show.
After Dinner Key, we planned to anchor at Elliot Key, but when we arrived, we found that the anchorage wasn't very well protected from the wind. So we picked a random mangrove island instead, before moving on to Key Largo yesterday. We had beautiful weather and a great sail to Key Largo, and we're looking forward to settling in here for a few days!