Once to the west coast of Florida & Cayo Costa, we continued north approximately 50 miles to Sarasota. Rather than going offshore (into the Gulf of Mexico) there is an inland route all of the way. It was fairly well marked & deep enough, but very busy with other boats. Florida has one of the highest percentage of boat ownership in the U.S. We have learned to avoid travel on sunny weekends.
Among the highlights of our trip was to enjoy a fabulous evening shoreside at a friends house on Longboat Key. We had met Tom & Kathy at a Barefoot Man concert at Nippers in the Abacos several years ago & it was great to be guests at their beautiful home! It was also amazing to be driven around the island to see the many changes from when my parents had lived there in the ’80’s.
On our way back south past Fort Myers, we were also invited to the home of cruising friends & fellow PDQ owners David & Barb, who also entertained us for the evening at their lovely home which even had a great dock for us to stay at!
Time to head back across Florida. While we had planned on spending a few more days on the west coast, a cold front is forecasted with high winds for several days which would make Lake Okeechobee very choppy.