It is curious to see this introductory post sit unanswered for a couple of days. Maybe people are hesitant to share their favorite spots.
What ever the reasons, favorite anchorages
vary by the goals of the cruiser. Our expectations of an anchorage change frequently, but over the long term we have not anchored during the same times that we had employment
on shore. So, I can only speak of anchorages
that we use while free of obligation.
I believe our longest term of anchoring
out was on the Bayside of Key Largo
for about three months, but even then, we moved from Buttonwood Sound, Tarpon Basin or Blackwater Sound depending upon the weather
or what band was playing at the Caribbean
Club or how close we wanted to be to the grocery store. Unfortunately, one of our easiest public dinghy
access landings has been fenced and blocked since our last visit.
We also used to spend a length of time off the Casino in Gulfport, Florida
, using the St. Petersburg public buses for easy access to provisions.
Some of our other favorites for anchoring
are Solomons, St. Marys & St. Michaels, Md; Newport
& Watch Hill, R.I.; Gloucester, Provencetown & Onset, Ma.; Georgetown
, SC. and many places in the Abacos, Eleuthra and the Exumas
We typically don't remain at one anchorage more than a week. This is not because we would be unable to remain longer, but because we enjoy cruising to new places. We also use a good number of mooring
fields, but I have not included these. In most cases when we want to stay in one location for more than a month we pay the less expensive monthly rate at a marina.