Nine Bridges, 7 Hours: Florida West Coast ICW

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Headed up Florida’s West Coast ICW? Bridge opening information and details. WE MADE IT!

Underway!

Anchored at Chino Island, just before sunset.

Underway! At long last!

Favorite Florida West Coast Cruising Guide?

Anchorage at Stump Pass

What do you look for in a cruising guide?  We want detailed mile by mile information on every anchorage, overhead satellite photos, a brief description of the anchorage as well as what directions are sheltered from the wind and any other information specific to anchoring there.  Unfortunately such a cruising guide does not exist (at […]

Sail the Southwest Florida Coast to the Keys 8 Hours at a Time

Dayhop the Southwest Florida Coast to the Keys

Do you want to leisurely explore the Southwest Florida coast with all its natural beauty, flora and fauna? Check out Commuter Cruiser’s Daysail the Southwest Florida Coast Google Map. Anchorages and suggestions given for alternative anchorages as well as a photo and link to a more detailed post about the anchorage.

Kayaking Tarpon Bay, Sanibel Island

Relax and enjoy the sounds of nature while kayaking Tarpon Bay, Sanibel.

Our quiet relaxing paddle through a mangrove maze ends in a frantic paddle against breaking waves to get back to the boat. Always remember, when a kayak goes out, it must come back!

Ding Darling Sanibel Island Anchorage

I love lighthouses, and while the structural ones aren't my favorite visuals, they're still cool.

There just aren’t a lot of anchorages that allow a cruising sailboat to enjoy all Sanibel Island has to offer, no marinas that we can get into with a 5 1/2 ft draft. But we found a spot just off the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge and enjoyed the island.

Return from Boca Grande

Exploring in the dinghy.  So many beaches, so little time!

Cutting our trip to Boca Grande short because of building wind and waves, we headed back for serene beaches and manatees, closer to where we were anchored.

Dinkin’ Around Boca Grande, SW Florida

The historic Boca Grande Lighthouse, now a small museum, but the light still works.

Hanging out on Boca Grande beach, playground of the rich and famous including President Bush’s favorite fishing hole, and my favorite lighthouse…

Pub Crawl & Beach Hopping

The Cayo Costa Far South Beach ... lots of shells and more than a few overcast clouds.  It even sprinkled on us at one point.

Southwest Florida’s barrier islands have so many beaches … so much exploring to do … so little time.

Ft Myers Beach City Mooring Field: Things To Know

Our Ft Myers Beach mooring ball had no pennant which came as a bit of a surprise after I was told they all had brand new pennants

Everything you’ll need to know about the Ft Myers Beach Mooring Field, before you get there.