Details for Boca Chita Key Harbor

Boca Chita Key Harbor

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Average rating 4.1 stars from 29 reviews

Address Boca Chita Key, FL


After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - YES
Other info: Part of Biscayne National Park.

VHF channel


Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - YES

Payment info

Payment discounts

A boater reported that there may be a discount for holders of National Park Service Senior Pass but the rangers didn't know.

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:


The harbor entrance at low tide is approximately four feet. Any deep draft vessel requiring 3.5 or more feet of water should exercise extreme caution in this area. Low tide is calculated by adding one hour and forty-three minutes to the time that the tide is low at Miami's Government Cut. High tide is plus one hour twenty-four minutes from the time that the tide is high at the Miami's Government Cut.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 4
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - NO
Concrete - YES
Floating - NO
Fixed - YES
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: Boca Chita harbor has a cleated bulkhead that is the only designated area where boats may dock. Boats may raft no more than two deep. An overnight docking fee of $25 is assessed between 6 pm and 6 am. Cash only. You pay by putting your exact amount in cash in one of their envelopes and dropping it in a strong box. (Use bills. Coins don't fit in the slot very well.) Use of one individual campsite is included in the docking fee. Register at the kiosk next to the edge of the harbor. Dockage fee is $10 with a National Parks Golden Age Pass.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

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AC power30 amp - NO
50 amp - NO
100 amp - NO

Additional info:

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)

No - There is no freshwater or electricity on the island.

Dinghy access

Liveaboard info



Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

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Diesel priceUnknown

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Pets welcomeNo

Other pet info: Pets are not permitted on the island nor on boats in the harbor.

Disability access

Launch service


Pump out





No - Trash pickup is not provided. Visitors must pack out all their trash.




Yes - Bathrooms are saltwater toilets only.











Hotels or motels


Repair capabilities

Harold Gomez, 954-937-6065 mechanical and logistics and captains available. Yacht Management, Nick Veselica (washes, mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, props) 219-588-9971.

Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities


Fishing supplies


Chartering capabilities


Internet access

Boat ramp availability




Other services


Reviews for Boca Chita Key Harbor
A Little Gem at the top of the Keys, 2017-07-30
Captain: , Galveston Texas (285)

Very well protected from winds and currents. We entered the channel and harbor in the middle of a severe summer thunderstorm and as soon as we entered the little concrete and board basin all was well. We had called the park ranger before arriving and he said the entrance channel was very shallow, 4 feet at low tide. We didn't find it so. We draw 3.5 feet and when left the next morning a few hours after high tide we had 7 feet under the keel the entire length of the channel. We walked the entire circumference of the island on a well marked trail in about 15 minutes. Looked like an excellent place to snorkle but we were in and out. Bugs were not a problem until about 6-7pm and then it was necessary to lock ourselves inside the cabin until morning. We were here in mid July and the ranger told us no park fees because of the bugs the facilities except for the tolets are unusable. For an overnight stop, close to the ICW Boca Chita can't be beat.

My new favorite destination, 2016-12-16
Captain: , St. Louis, MO (1850)

Terrific, truely terrific. Getting in is easy for anything but the deepest draft boats, and the sea wall is lined with heavy lumber with lots of nice big cleats. There are even flushable toilets. It's a great place to hangout, swim, and generally enjoy your own private island if you're there in the middle of the week. But be warned - everything you hear about how vicious the mosquitos are is true. Have lots of OFF and anit-itch cream. But don't let that be a deterrent to you getting to enjoy this place.

GREAT STATE PARK, 2016-03-21
Captain: , East Falmouth, MA (1633)

This is a great place to stop and chill out during the week. Easy entrance, very well protected, and very littyle to do. There are many picnic benches for the hoards of people who flock here on weekends. Swimming is fair on a couple of small beaches. It costs $25 per night but there is a 50% discount with a senior Parks pass.

Nice sunrise and sunset, 2016-01-12
Captain: , Chicago, Racine, Fish Creek,Wi (3163)

2 26 2015 Nice place to visit. Good place to dock. Flush Toilets using sea water but no running water to wash your hands. Bugs are only negative as they do attack. Nice place to stay night in well protected harbor.
1 12 2016 Stayed again winds out of north steady 15kts so bugs were not an big issue this time. Enjoyed our stay again.

You will be eaten alive, 2015-10-08
Captain: , Yorktown, VA (972)

We were very excited to pull into the harbor, be the only one there and able to pick our place on the great wall. The basin has a wall all around it for tie ups. A beautiful, picturesque lighthouse sits at the entrance. It is beautiful landscaped, picnic tables, grills, trails, history, and water access. No one was around; as it was very calm, we were able to get tied up and were going to enjoy the area for a few days.
Within 10 minutes of tying up, we were leaving the basin. We were eaten alive by mosquitoes. When we stepped off the boat, we were covered in black from them. We even had bug spray on.
I would love to return but wonder if there is ever a time with no bugs.

Best non-secret in Miami!, 2015-04-21
Captain: , Winter Garden, Fl (2350)

This is a great stop over - for one night or a week. Great swimming and snorkiling around the island - awesome history and trails. Protected from all directions. It gets very busy on weekends when the locals boat over from Miami - parties all day & night, but very nice people. No water, no garbage, no power.

Boca Chita Island, 2015-02-06
Captain: , Ft. Myers, Fl. (361)

Small, beautiful island in Biscayne Bay National Park. Very small basin but well protected. Narrow channel entrance. Low cement sea wall tie up. Put out lots of fenders, almost touching the water, exposed fender board bolts. Tighten up at night, lots of big mosquitos. Gets very busy with locals on weekends. Our 53ft, 5ft draft boat had good water under us coming in at high tide.

Great for Weekdays, 2015-01-31
Captain: , Lady Lake (30)

If you are looking for an out of the way little key, try this one. During our weekday stays we were the only ones there. But watch out for the weekends. The harbor holds about 30 baots and it fills up quickly on Saturday with those who come for the weekend.

The only facilities are salt water toliets. There are two small beachs and plents of wind to keep away the mosquitoes, very important.

Nice views and proteted but busy on weekends, 2015-01-03
Captain: , Deerfield Beach, Florida (150)

We stopped by in the afternoon on New Year's Day. This is a well-used popular spot on the weekends and holidays by the nearby Miami crowd. There were many smaller vessels with grills and 2 KW portable gasoline generators on shore. Loud music abounded. We finally slipped into a tight spot when someone left. The volunteer ranger opened up the photogenic llighthouse and the steep climb yields a fantastic view. He said the ighthouse is usually open from 10 to 12 on the weekends. It was windy but there were still a few mosquitoes and no-see-ems around. We used one of the picnic tables for lunch. There were many dogs on the island even though the rules say they are prohibited. The concrete sea water bathroom facilities were open. You can camp and stay overnight on the dock. There is a drop box to leave the $20 per night fee.

Great protection, great spot, 2014-11-21
Captain: , Charleston (400)

Came in during a 30kt blow and was worried that the dock would be exposed. The dock lines all sides of a small harbor that is completely shielded from current and waves. The wind still blows pretty hard, but who cares with no waves or current.

Good places to explore and play in the clear water. Here on a weekday in a storm, so no other people. ATT service spotty.

Cool place to stop, 2014-10-22
Captain: , Southport, NC (716)

We read the past post and figured not to go on a weekend. We arrived and were the only people besides our friends to spend two nights. We immediately got attached by a swarm of mosquitoes and gnatts. Mid Oct. and still buggy. Use lots of bug spray and you'll be fine. However, the inside of our boat got attached and we got completely ate up all night long. The area is really beautiful and reading the history was great. No envelopes were available and the box was stuffed full. It looked like nobody from the park service had been there for quite a while. Trash was all over the grounds and it was sad to see the people not following the rules with ground fires. Seems like the locals have the run of the weekends and dont respect our parks. everyone should visit this great park and spend the night at least once. Just be aware of the bug problem.

Nice place, Lots of mosquitos while we were there., 2014-07-24
Captain: , Houston (110)

We stopped here and very quickly left because of the mosquitos. This was on 7/3/14 and it seems that the bugs were because of a strange wind that had swept them all in from the Everglades. We heard about the great mosquito storm of 2014 on the radio and the newspaper for the rest of our trip. If it weren't for the skeeters this would have been a lovely place.

great camping, 2014-04-07
Captain: , Miami (260)

Very clean and family orientated island

Great Weekdays, 2014-03-12
Captain: , Hampton NH (292)

We arrived at 2pm on Sunday and the place was packed. Boats were rafted three deep and there were many tents on the grounds. Lots of loud music playing from many of the boats. Not the atmosphere we were looking for. We anchored outside the harbor hoping enough boats would leave to make room for us. Was surprised that by sunset every boat had left. We overnighted with five other boats, three of us were cruisers, the others campers. A very quiet night. We were surprised the next morning how clean the island was. It is a carry in-carry out site and the users seem to comply well. And the bugs were present but we've seen worse. We'd love to go back and do some fishing, swimming and snorkling. One overnight was just not long enough. But not on weekends!

Beautiful, but the bugs are the worst we have seen since Louisborg NS, 2014-02-12
Captain: , Muskegon, MI (3112)

Really pretty setting, but the bugs are voracious and relentless

Crowded on Weekends & Holidays, 2013-04-07
Captain: , Little River, SC (1987)

This is a beautiful little harbor with excellent protection from all quarters. The facilities are limited but quite clean. BUT look out on weekends and holidays. We made the mistake of coming here on Good Friday weekend. We arrived on a Thursday and found plenty of room. However as the weekend progressed, the boats came in, rafted up along the wall. Every square inch was taken. Loud Latino music and lots of kids. We and severl other cruisers left early Sat morning to escape the evergrowing crowds. I highly recommend it during the week.

very nice dockage, 2012-12-02
Captain: , shoreham ny (343)

stayed here on a tuesday & we were with only 5 other boats. very quiet & many dragon flies, like i never saw least 7' depth at entrance.

Beautiful Spot, 2012-07-01
Captain: , North Myrtle Beach, SC (3210)

Shallow outside the basin, but the basin is plenty deep. Do not walk through the mangroves on the south side of the island since they are very buggy in summer. We were only boat here mid-week. If swim at the little beach, be careful of the currents. Bathrooms on shore. Really pristine wiht nice picnic tables and well maintained.

A nice Stay., 2012-03-04
Captain: , Cape Coral, FL (334)

We spent a few nights here over memorial weekend in 2009. I am so glad we did. We spent the time with some great friends. However, there is nothing to do on the island. Stay here once to knock it off the bucket list.

Nice Weekday Stop, 2012-02-28
Captain: , Brewerton NY (257)

Stopped for 2 nights, arrived at 3PM on Sunday, 20 to 25 boats. By 6:PM only 4 boats in basin. Did some snorkeling and swimming. Started to walk trail in woods, but bugs chased us back. Buggy. Entrance showed 5+ feet, 2 hours after low tide. Paid fee, but nobody checked.

Great place on weekdays, 2012-02-11
Captain: , New Bern, NC (180)

I've stayed here on two seperate occasions and both were enjoyable. It is part of the National Park and facilities are limited but just what we look for. Walking trails and snorkeling are good. The lighthouse is closed for renovation on my last stop 2/7/12. No-see-ums were bad at times.

Boca Chita in December, 2011-12-29
Captain: , Miami (20)

Spent 2 days in late December 2011. Daytime temperature in the high 70's and 10-15 knot winds there were no mosquitos around. Zero. No one obeyed the no generators after 10pm rule.

Went in at high tide and lowest reading was about 5.5 feet. Left about an hour before hight tide and saw 4.5 feet at th e entrance.

Visited during the holidays and noticed locals like to "reserve" spots for their friends arriving later in the day.

Good weekday stop, 2011-05-13
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (384)

My first stop here, good water getting in once you find the 3 pair of floating nav markers. Alot of bugs at dusk, get what you need done first. Fee very reasonable.

A favorite, 2011-04-13
Captain: , Kilmarnock, VA (300)

We have stopped here and thought it to be a great place. A bit skinny getting in but good water once inside. We were there during the week. It was quite, peaceful and well protected.
Small charge on an honor system, no power, water and no pets. A real must in our book if you are looking for a low key rustic stop over (no pun intended).

awsome place, 2011-03-04
Captain: , marathon, fl (701)

very nice with good docks and protection. can be very crowded on weekends

Mind the Mosquitoes, 2011-03-02
Captain: , Ottawa, Canada (363)

We love this island, very picturesque, quiet on weekdays (although we did get quite a lot of generator noise) nice little beaches that feel private. We took a little walk off the beaten path to one of the out buildings at dusk - not a good idea! We were swarmed and picked up dozens of bites in only a minute or two. It's better right by the boats, but bug repellant is a good idea.

Stay during the week...., 2011-02-18
Captain: , Illinois (2471)

Come stay during the week for the best experience. Transient boaters friendly and helpful. What a beautiful National Park experience. Quiet!!
The weekends are another story.

Great on weekdays BUT....., 2010-03-16
Captain: , Key Largo (5457)

Avoid this place like the plaige on weekends and holidays, unless you like little havana and all the noise that goes with it, other times it's great.

Attractive stop weekdays, 2010-03-11
Captain: , Aquia Harbour, VA (1177)

Boca Chita was a private island and is operated by the National Park Service. Rangers visit at least once a day and check to see if you have paid for dockage. There is a small beach and a light house which as built by the orignal owner. It is a great place to tie up on the bulkhead during the week when only a few boats are there. The weekends are another story. There may be 20 -30 boats there, mostly families. Many have portable generators and the music is loud. However, if you arrive on a weekend and can find a spot at the wall, the sunsets and palms blowing in the breeze make the stop worthwhile.

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