Mardi Gras is Feb 21. Hope you can make it. New Orleans
is a tough spot to find a mooring
as the municipal harbor is still not repaired. NOYC has 1 slip. PM me for more info on this.
We've done New Orleans to Key West
several times and will be going again this Spring. We take our time and hit as many Gulf Coast
stops as we can. Some of our favorites are Pass Christian, slips are $20 a night and a great bar and restaurant is on the waterfront, Shaggy's. Gulfport also has a new snazzy marina, a stop at Ship Island and visit to the fort is great. Anchoring
behind Dauphine Island is lovely if the winds are right. Then the whole Orange Beach area at the Alabama-Florida border is great. FloraBama is fun but so is Bear Point Marina. And that just gets you a little ways...
You'll want to have oysters in Appalachicola and Stone Crabs at Moore's.
Don't forget to go to the Sponge Museum in Tarpor Springs.
Get some guidebooks
and have a blast.