Pachanga Beach Bash is a celebration of summer, sun and Florida fun. We will launch with the ebbing tide (that means outgoing for those of us less technically inclined). Don't forget your snorkeling gear. Daily good weather dances, chants, offerings or whatever it takes for a perfect sunny South Florida day are greatly encouraged!
Summer will be upon us, the waters will be warm and it's time to welcome another summer paddling season. Pachanga Beach Bash returns for it's third year of club-land fun and excitement. It's a relatively easy day paddle to a beach nearby.
We will launch from Virginia Key North Beach and paddle across Bear Cut for a day of snorkeling, water play,food and drink.
No boat? No worries! Rentals are available for this paddle. If you don't want to paddle you can still join in on the fun. Just park at Crandon Park beach and walk on over. Fossil Reef is full of small tropical fish, sea urchins, fans, sponges and sea life. It's an easy swim at slack tide but you will need a mask and fins to truly appreciate the reef.
If you plan on attending, we will coordinate lunch, a cookout, and beverages. Water polo, a few kayak water events and you will surely end up swimming. You don't want to swim? No worries. There is an overlook you can climb for a wonderful view of the surrounding area.
ADVENTUROUS? Try your hand at snorkeling over the wreck of the Half-Moon, it's only about a mile out.
THE MEETUP LOCATION: From I-95 South of Downtown Miami (or US 1), take Rickenbacker Cswy. Over the large, elevated bridge. Turn left just before the Miami Sea Aquarium (on the right) at VA Key sign. Follow road as it twists and turns. Keep to the right. Enter parking area where the road splits for the second time (about 1.5 miles from the Cswy.). We are meeting at the old beach near Jimbo's; not the Historic beach. If you drive up to the toll booth and see a nice large paved parking lot and concession stand just in sight of the booth, you are at the wrong beach. Exit, head back towards the city, slowly, and turn right (north) into the city beach.
NEED A BOAT OR BOARD?: Esther and Miles will both offer rentals for this event. Reserve your boat early. We expect we will sell out. Contact Esther at The Paddle House[masked] or Miles at[masked] Rates are $35 for singles/ $45 for tandems, SUPs are $35 each
THE FEES: The toll to get on the key is $1.50 per vehicle. Park Fees are $6 per vehicle, bring cash.
THE PADDLE ACROSS BEAR CUT: Bear Cut is know for strong currents and occasional chop. We will paddle over at slack tide and return near slack of the ebbing tide. You should have good boat stability to participate in this event. Should winds be high, we will reevaluate the crossing. Boat traffic is always an area of concern. As such, we will cross together, in noticeable sized groups. Slower paddlers first.
About Fossil Reef (Walk, Snorkel, Swim, Beach): A small rock reef, extending along the northeastern shore of Key Biscayne, Florida, for a distance of about 400 yards and seaward for 115 yards, is is composed of a framework of fossilized black mangrove roots. The roots, now turned into calcareous rods, are embedded in a friable calcareous-quartzitic sand which may be quickly washed away by wave action along the seaward edge of the reef. In this manner, a lattice of roots in their original position is exposed. It is believed that this may be the first reported occurrence of the fossilization of mangrove roots. Radiocarbon dating indicates the age of the rods to be between 1000 and 2000 years. This protected fossil reef lies close to shore. Carbon dated to about 60 A.D., scientists describe the reef as “Key Biscayne’s Petrified Forest”, made of ancient roots of the black mangrove. The 4.5 acre rock reef is home to small marine animals and plants found in inter tidal zones. It is the oldest natural land (or water) mark on this barrier island, a significant geological resource first noted in 1850, but not significantly investigated until one-hundred years later. A sea turtle egg hatchery is located on the nearby ocean beach. We will not disturb nests under any circumstances. www.untamedscience.com/biodiversity/article/fossil-reef-near-miami-fl
WHAT TO BRING: Bring your swim gear and paddle gear. Bring a cooler and LOTS of drinks, snacks and so forth. Don't forget your boat, you paddle, your PFD, whistle and whatever else you need for another safe and enjoyable day on the water. If you have a dive flag, bring that too. Sunblock is a must and yes, your camera too. Meal planning will be arranged the week of the paddle. If you want to fish, bring your gear just please, do not fish near the swimmers - YIKES!! Remember you will need a fishing license. You can purchase one at https://www1.fl.wildlifelicense.com/start.php
Tides for Bear Cut, Virginia Key starting with June 22, 2013.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 22 Low 2:26 AM 0.0 6:30 AM Set 5:36 AM 96
22 High 8:33 AM 2.4 8:15 PM Rise 7:34 PM
22 Low 2:48 PM -0.4
22 High 9:19 PM 2.6
DISCLAIMER: This is a club and our paddles are club activities not guided tours. Organizers and event hosts coordinate the details of a paddle and provide that information to our club members. We are each responsible for safety. If at any time anyone is concerned about weather conditions (rain, lightning, heat, cold, wind, etc.), or you feel ill, exhausted, or otherwise, you are encouraged to exercise caution and follow your better judgment. If you run into any trouble during a paddle, elect to depart from the group, or return early, please be sure you tell an organizer or lead paddler of your decision. We discourage rude behavior. We go as a group, we aim to return as group. If someone runs into trouble, we do our best to help each other out. That includes loading and unloading boats. Please take necessary measures to ensure the seaworthiness of your vessel and bring your personal safety equipment. PFD's are required by law and by the group. You must also have a signal whistle. They are not only required by the U.S. Coast Guard but they are also a great and inexpensive way to get the attention of those around you.
As with all of our paddles, we are not guides. Even when a paddler that offers guiding services participates, they are there as club members attempting to enjoy a recreational paddle. We are first and foremost, a group of kayaking enthusiasts out for a good time. By participating in any of our paddles you assume all risks and responsibilities for your personal health and safety and for your equipment; as well as the safety and equipment of your guests. It is important for everyone that each participant be prepared for the trip. Please use your discretion and best judgment when joining a trip. Be sure you are up to the paddle -- physically, mentally and that your equipment is appropriate for the intended trip. All night paddles require lights; even for rentals or borrowed boats. Intermediate to Advanced Paddles are for those who have substantial experience, skill, and solid knowledge of boat handling and self-rescues. Kayaking has inherent risks. Often, we are the smallest boats on the water. We each individually assume these risks, and more, each time we go out on the water.