Sailing to the Florida Keys 8 hours at a time, or dayhopping, is easy along Florida’s Southwest Coast … sail 10 miles across Charlotte Harbor (between Ft Myers and Sarasota), out Boca Grande Pass, hang a quick left and 126 miles (give or take) we’re in the Dry Tortugas, Key West or Marathon/Boot Key Harbor.
But that 126 miles means an overnight sail and missing out on a lot of fun stops further south, such as Marco Island, Naples, Sanibel Island, Ft Myers Beach and all the wonderfulness of the 10,000 Islands including Everglades City and the Everglades National Park.
As usual on these posts, this link will work much better than the embedded map, I still haven’t figured out why.
On the link you’ll find our recommended stops, a photo and a link to a CommuterCRUISER.com post on that anchorage.
I hope someone finds this information useful and we’ll add to it as we explore north of the Charlotte Harbor Florida Coast (i.e. north of Punta Gorda which is just north of Ft Myers).
Happy day sailing! If you have comments or would like me to add more information, please leave a comment and share! Cheers! Jan