There are few more attractive places to go sailing than Florida. The waves gleam almost as brightly as the fair shores of the Florida Keys, America’s most exotic archipelago. In this guide to Florida sailing holidays from Fort Myers Beach you’ll find out where to go, and what floats our boat.
It’s not just on the surface the Florida Sailing holidays are near perfection. Beneath invitingly clear and calm water sits a beautiful coral reefs. An amazing sight to see even from the surface, jump in for a snorkel or explore the deeps with a spot of diving.
Guide to Florida sailing holidays
For those who have chosen sailing holidays from Fort Myers Beach – a popular starting point – there are plenty of options.
South of the Gold Coast, Lake Worth is in fact more like a river sailing experience, given its centrally-dredged waterway. You’ll have to be mindful of the varying depths on either side of the dredging and the boat traffic bridges which open according to a restricted timetable (some open on demand, others at certain hours of the day).
Keep an eye out for the manatees round here during Florida sailing holidays from Fort Myers Beach.
No Florida sailing trip is complete without a visit to the Keys. Starting at Key Largo, head south around the alluring curve of the islets. Watch out for shallow water and threatening shoals at the beginnings and ends of channels.
From there, navigating Hawk Channel shouldn’t be too much of a headache – its admittedly long reef (170 miles) is clearly marked. For Featherbed Bank you’ll need to summon all your skinny-water skills and avoid the no-go depths.
First Among Equals
It’s as if the First Coast combines all the best aspects of all Florida sailing. The Georgia-Florida Line whisks you past creeks, sloughs and rivers, not to say sights such as Civil War-era Fort Clinch and Fernandina Beach, a town that has been colonized by more nations than anywhere else in the Americas: 8 to be precise.
In the winter months beware of a fierce 3+ chop around Fernandina Harbour – the result of a lengthy fetch and ebb tide getting hit by a powerful nor’wester.
When approaching the Nassau River, keep a look out for illuminated marker no. 46. Round it and hang a south for Fort George Island one of the highlights of sailing holidays from Fort Myers Beach.
The inside route of the Hawk Channel is an angler’s dream come true. The flats here thrive with tarpon, snapper, sea trout and game fish, for which an active tackle is highly recommended.
After a pleasant afternoon’s fishing it’s well worth anchoring at South Miami-Dade for an excellent seafood lunch. Or to check out the plush Loggerhead Club & Marina or educational Biscayne National Park.
We hope you found this guide to Florida sailing holidays from Fort Myers Beach useful. Please check out our sailing discounts as you could save a packet on your next adventure.