Originally Posted by a64pilot
My read on it is the "Big Bend' area of FL is a no go, think of the area between Apalachicola and Tarpon Springs as not existing, that is not completely true, but there is a lot of shallow water
there and even though I grew up there, I avoid it.
My opinion is that the Northern Gulf area is a completely different world than is South Fl, more laid back, much less expensive and just a whole lot less "busy", but full of Rednecks if you will, or simple country people depending on your outlook. Just don't expect much "Society" and sophistication, but do expect simple, honest people if you slow down enough to look.
Watch the movie
My Cousin Vinny, it is to a certain extent what the "Old South" is like and N Fl and of course the rest of the Gulf is the Old South.
I think Zee has it right in another thread, avoid the large cities in the middle of the season, and ...
Ah, the "Redneck Riviera"...lots of fond memories along that coast.
I would expand the OPs area to extend as far west as New Orleans
. From the Mississippi
Sound all the way around the Gulf to the Keys is a great cruising ground. Loads of anchorages
and intreresting places to visit.
Agree on the omission of most of the Big Bend due to shoal waters that extend many miles from shore, but its only an overnight hop to transit this area on to more favorable cruising grounds.
There are a few threads here re SW Florida
already so the OP should give those a look as well.
Clayborn Youngs cruising guide for West Florida
is dated, but has very good coverage of that area. Many years ago an organization named BAIL published a West Florida anchorages
guide that I think you can still find scans of online.
Anyone know of guides for the Redneck Riviera area?