If you want to get out of this wind then Redfish Point (across from City Marina) and Smack Bayou can give some protection. Pearl Bayou just above DuPont Bridge also good protection.
Eagle Harbor in any but stiff East Wind in St. Joe Bay and St. Joe Marina.
Tarpon Springs one of our favorite stops. We usually go in on the south side of Anclote Key (two markers get you across the bar and into the ICW. Turn back north and follow the buoys up the river. Marina is right in town and not too expensive. All that Greek food
can work on your waist line.
Go back and look at your picture of the Navarre Bridge and you will see what I mean by the increased clearance to the south of the middle.
The Keys will still be there when you get there just "smell the roses along the way."
Pass A Grill
, Longboat Key (current and bridge), Venice, Boca Grande all pretty reliable passes. West Coast
GICW on the weekends is Hell.