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Old 08-04-2013, 07:22   #16
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Re: Marinas, anchorages/moorings Tampa to Marathon

Here's a site that should be very helpful...
Florida Sea Grant - Boating & Waterways - Anchorage Inventory
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Capt. Mike, on your drive from Tampa to Marathon you might want to cross the Everglades on the Tamiami Trail instead of Alligator Alley. They just opened a new mile long bridge near the east end of the Trail. I haven't seen it yet but the view from the bridge should be spectacular.
Thanks I'll check that out.
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Here's a site that should be very helpful...
Florida Sea Grant - Boating & Waterways - Anchorage Inventory
Yeah that is a great site. Very helpful. Thanks.
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I can't speak (yet) for Tampa and north, but the Fort Myers/Cape Coral/Charlotte Harbor is loaded with interesting places, many of which can be reached by car. Gasparilla Island is cute and quiet. Useppa Island is boat only. Cayo Costa state park is also boater friendly.

In the Fort Myers area there is St. James City on the south end of Pine Island and Bokeelia on the north. Pine Island can be reached by car through Matlachai, which is interesting in itself.

In Cape Coral you can go by car to Tarpon Point where there is a pricey restaurant called Marker 92 and a jumping outdoor bar called the Nauti Mermaid. From there you can see Glovers Bight, one of my favorite anchorages, which is reached by boat from, what else, marker 92 on the Gulf ICW.

There is a large mooring field a bit up the Caloosahatchie River operated by the city of Fort Myers.

There are many other anchorages. I would suggest you go to www.activecaptain.com where you can log in as a guest and use their Interactive cruising guide book. There are marine charts and satellite shots with markers showing anchorages, marinas, obstructions etc. Each anchorage has information contributed by cruisers who have been there. There are also ratings for each.

Good luck. Enjoy both trips.

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I have been poking around Active Captain and Google earth looking at spots. Including places for lunch with water views and places to stay as well as anchorages. It will a serendipitous trip. I hope to stop at some of the places along the way to check them out for my future cruising plans. Thanks for the tips.
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