This has been a very beautiful 15 days of boating in Florida. The weather started out a little cold but not as cold as it was in Michigan. The temps dropped down to the 50’s at night and only up to mid 60’s during the day. But then on the 4th day in Clearwater, it finally jumped up to the high 70’s and now we are in the low 80’s.
Tarpon Springs is the sponge capital of the world and many Greek immigrants came here to sponge, that is why it has a strong Greek influence.
Clearwater was a nice change. The town and the spectacular beach was within walking distance of the marina. I even got to go on a party fishing charter because the high winds of 25 mph made for rough seas so I wanted to see what it was like 16 miles off shore. It was very rough and half the people on the charter of about 40 got so sick they could not fish. The waves got up to 7 footers (like 14′) and I am sure glad I was not in our boat.
St. Petersburg was another great stop. We stayed at the Harborage Marina and the town was just past the College Campus of USFSP. What a clean and vibrant town overlooking Tampa Bay. A town rich in the arts, there was a museum around every corner.
Cruising down the Intracoastal with a variety of houses to see, we ended up at the Longboat Key Moorings Marina on Longboat Key. This is a resort with a great pool and shuttle service to the beach. The shuttle also takes you to the shopping district of St. Armands. What a very nice area and it should be on anyone’s vacation destination or your list on a place to retire.
Cathleen Dennis Clear water – Frenches restaurant- lobster bisque- Paul said you have to try it