After a windy morning, we decided to leave St Pete a little later than we had originally planned. We made the two and half hour trip to anchor up the Manatee River in our favorite spot. It was a gorgeous afternoon so we took the dinghy to Passage key and spent an hour or two there walking the island and just enjoying the sunshine, birds and looking for shells
Sundowners are a given on most evenings while we are out. It’s such lovely time to chat and enjoy the sunsets. May not be too good on the liver though lol
I set the table up on the helm and we had a lovely dinner together
We left slightly later than we planned after sleeping in a bit at around 7.30 for Boca. What a gorgeous day with perfect conditions. Wind no more than 10 knots, sunny and calm seas so we took the outside route instead of the channel on the inside. It was perfection. Beautiful jade colored waters to float on for a couple of hours. We had lunch up on the helm and arrived at our anchorage in Charlotte Harbor at around 4.30. Its a tricky one to get into and required us reading up on how to enter the shallow shoaled area to where we could anchor. We held our breaths as we went through places only 4 and half feet deep and our boat drafts 4 foot.
Once settled in we took a quick dinghy ride around the area and came back for cocktail and bath with the setting sun. It was lovely. We made fish tacos for dinner and called it a night after the long day at the helm
Monday morning and I was anxious to go for a run. Cayo Costa is a state park/reserve and we were anchored right next to it. I ran the trails for 6 miles while Shaun did a quick run as well. We came back to make breakfast and headed over to Boca Grand on Happy Life.
After walking around this quaint and impeccable little island’s village and beach, we stopped for a salad lunch at The Loose Caboose (delicious although serve everything in plastic which should be avoided!) and bought a few supplies at the cute little grocery store. Boca Grande is a charming sea-side village with cozy restaurants, island boutiques, classic cottages and historic churches.