Pachanga Beach Bash & Snorkel & Swim

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

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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.

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  • Luci

    So sorry I missed it! The person who was going to take care of my son yesterday morning bailed out at the last minute (already had the kayak on my car and everything!). I hope next time is as fun as this one seemed to be.

    June 23, 2013

    • Esther

      Don you can bring him along. The make infant odds :)

      June 23, 2013

    • Esther

      Not don, soon. Darned typing correction

      June 23, 2013

  • Lori

    Awesome day! It was our first time there and definitely wont be our last. We loved the fossil reef!

    June 23, 2013

  • Rolando P.

    Wow this is by far the best snorkeling expedition I have had. The petrified forest was full with every possible animal you may find on a reef.

    June 22, 2013

    • Donna J.

      I can see why you say that. Thanks for all the fantastic underwater photos. So sorry I wasn't able to make it but after looking at your pictures I almost feel as if I was there. (You know I'm expecting you to research and label all the specimens you photographed, right? ha-ha!) Good job!

      1 · June 22, 2013

  • Vanessa

    The weather was gorgeous!!. Great event, Esther!. I will post the last pics before my camera died... =(

    June 22, 2013

  • Boyd T.

    Very fun day on the water , great weather, met some very nice people too!

    June 22, 2013

  • Eddie D.

    Fantastic Day! Good Weather, Crystal Clear waters, Many Activities with Plenty of Good Friends . . . Thank you for all the wonderful Pictures! Eddie.....

    June 22, 2013

  • Susan

    Had a great time. It was a lot of fun.

    June 22, 2013

  • Rolando P.

    By the way the old bottle that I found is a glyco thymoline 4 oz bottle used for oral hygiene probably circa 1940 a nice addition to my bottle collection

    2 · June 22, 2013

  • Esther

    It's raining now. Radar shows we are the tail end of some rain clouds. Not too bad. See you on the beach at 10am

    June 22, 2013

  • Vanessa

    Should we bring an umbrella or canopy to the beach?

    June 22, 2013

    • Esther

      You can. I'm bringing my CGEAR SandFree mat : ) Hopefully under a tree with some shade.

      June 22, 2013

  • Aurelio

    I was called to work tomorrow grrrrrr :-(

    June 21, 2013

  • Esther

    Are 85 people really going to the beach? That's the RSVP count between MKC, S FL Kayak Fishing, JOC and some non-club affiliated paddlers. That's pretty cool. Remember, picnic at Virginia Key Beach. If you still need a boat, call my cell after 7PM[masked] We do have both tandems and singles available.

    June 21, 2013

  • Esther

    We still have tandem and single kayaks available, make sure to call The Paddle House by 7 to get your boat reserved.

    June 21, 2013

  • Lynn

    Will there be any shade at the picnic site? Thanks!

    June 21, 2013

    • Esther

      Yes, trees just of the beach

      June 21, 2013

  • Steve

    Esther any more tandems available?

    June 21, 2013

    • Esther

      Maybe. Call the shop please. We will get a final count this afternoon.

      June 21, 2013

  • Alicia

    Miles... I will need a double kayak :-)

    June 21, 2013

    • Esther

      We are booking everything through the store, Please call[masked]

      June 21, 2013

  • Esther

    RENTALS: We are about full. If you have not prepaid, please do. That is the only way we can guarantee a boat for you. Call the shop - 786.307.3816. Remember, you can always come and hang out on the beach too. No boat required. My cell Esther[masked] (evenings or day of event only please, I am at the office during the day, call the shop : ) e-mails are goo too [masked]

    June 21, 2013

  • Esther

    SHARING: The cookout/picnic will take place on Virginia Key Beach. I will bring a bag of charcoal, fluid and fire for everyone to share, bring more if you like. Grills are on the beach. If you are staying on the beach, please stake out some grills. I plan on cold food for myself. Good grill food is sausage, chicken breast (cook quick & easy to handle). Precooked food is good too. Man, we should planned for a whole pig! Anyone have connections? Fruit-Watermelon, apples, grapes, oranges hold up great. Chips and salsa, desserts. Bring a cooler with lots of ice! Don not forget your suncreen and lots to drink. It will be hot and sunny.

    June 21, 2013

  • Esther

    FISHING: Fishing can be very nice in Bear Cut, Norris Cut, Jimbo's Lagoon. I have had good luck with Snook at the canal by water treatment plant (I can't bring myself to eating them though). Cuda, snapper, jacks, Tarpon in the right spots, obviously grunts galore. The bridge holds some surprises if you find the right spot. Peak ebb is forecast between 10:19 and 12:19. It will be a hot one bring PLENTY to drink.

    June 21, 2013

  • Luis y M.

    What do we bring to share? Any ideas

    June 21, 2013

  • Lori

    I've added a guest

    June 21, 2013

  • Esther

    Gotta love summer in the tropics. Keep an eye on the weather. It looks like the front making its way down may pass over by Friday. My favorite. Expect wind. links: http://www.goes.noaa.gov/goes-e.html (click on the video), play with the views here: http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/imagery/carb.html or try your hand at windfiner If it's very windy we can paddle to Norris Cut, Jimbo's Lagoon and the Sadowski Preserve - all good. Do the thunderstorm dance to keep lightning away ;)

    3 · June 20, 2013

  • Bill W

    I'll connect with you guys a bit later in the morning.

    June 20, 2013

  • Eddie D.

    Hey Luis, see you Saturday. Wanna do some fishing while we're there? Our wives can sun on the beach while we go . . . Eddie.....

    June 18, 2013

    • Luis y M.

      Sure thing Ed.... I'll bring the fishing rods n stuff.... See ya there bro

      June 19, 2013

  • Lori

    Does the launch site have kayak trailer parking?

    June 19, 2013

  • Astolfo B.

    I were need a Kayak in rent this time, What else I need to brined this time...

    June 2, 2013

    • Esther

      Wait, you don't need a light. Bring something to drink, lunch, something to share : )

      June 19, 2013

    • Lori

      So how do we do the food? We just bring something to share?

      June 19, 2013

  • Esther

    Alright children. Pachanga weekend is almost here. We have a HUGE group this year, well over the current RSVP count of 61. That means an AWESOME day will be had. Remember, we are celebrating the start of summer. That's right, it is still spring. Summer starts June 20th. So bring something to eat and drink and something to share. We will paddle to Crandon to swim and paddle, then return to Virginia Key for the cookout. A list will be posted soon for those who need ideas. I can hardly wait!! Good fishing can be had at Jimbo's Lagoon, or explore the Half Moon about 2-miles offshore.

    June 18, 2013

  • maggie a.

    1 · June 14, 2013

  • Ally

    I'm a maybe.

    1 · June 13, 2013

  • Alicia

    I had a blast last time I went to this one

    1 · May 23, 2013

  • Alicia

    I had a blast last time I went to this one

    May 17, 2013

  • Eddie D.

    This paddle has all the makings of a fun filled day, see you there!!!!!

    May 16, 2013

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