Tarpon Springs, Clearwater, St Petersgburg, and Longboat Key FL


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.

Tarpon Springs is the Sponge Capital of the world.  The Boat in the background spent 45 days at sea harvesting their sponges.
Tarpon Springs had a strong Greek Influence.
Tarpon Springs is a rich fishing and sponging community.
Clearwater Beach is all what it is supposed to be.
Who do you see in the cloud?
Somewhere on the Intracoastal
We had a small fire on the boat when this remote GFCI decided to smoke. It took me 2 days to find it after we smelled it.
This was our view of the back of our boat in Clearwater, he kept his eye us.
This one kept an eye on us too.
The party fishing boat I went on in rough seas.
It was a cold windy day fishing in the Gulf, loved it.
 I wanted to go fishing on this cold windy day since there was nothing else to do. 


St. Brendan’s in Clearwater.
Somewhere on the Intracoastal.
The Harborage Marina in St. Petersburg was very nice.
St Petersburg, FL.
Another beautiful day in St. Petersburg about to start.
The Western museum is just one of many in St. Petersburg.  We went to see all of them from the outside only.  Maybe we will go back.
We saw these two guys in concert at the Palladium Theater.  Peter Asher and Albert Lee have been in the music industry since the 50’s and 60’s.  They named dropped way to many artists that they knew and played with.  Linda Ronstadt, Glen Campbell, the Crickets, Paul McCartney, and many others.
Walk in the park in St Petersburg over looking Tampa Bay.
Detroit in St. Petersburg. Why isn’t Val in the picture, she just likes to take pictures.
Longboat Key on the Gulf.
Longboat Key Moorings Marina and Resort.
And of course there is a 27 hole golf course next door from the marina.
St. Armands shopping and restaurant district is very nice.

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