Boca Grande, Cayo Costa and Marco Island
Cayo Costa is a state park located adjacent to Boca Grande and it’e one of our favorites for sure. Its a huge protected anchorage where you are basically in a basin surrounded by land so it is always beautiful and calm. Its a minute with the dinghy to the state park, 30 seconds to a tiny beach that we anchor right next to especially for the doggies and we always have the space almost all to ourselves because you really have to know the lay of the land to navigate the extremely shallow path to get in to where we do. Together we stand up on the helm and use our navigation and both sets of eyes to get in.
We spent 5 nights here just relaxing at the beach, visiting Boca Grande and having beautiful sunset cocktail hours and dinners
Headed for Marco Island on Tuesday mooring at 7am in one straight shot because it would be the best day to make the trip on the outside. Definitely not a perfect sailing sail day but it would get us closer to Ten Thousand Islands with higher winds approaching in the following days.
We usually dock here to refuel and clean up but the marina was full to a boat our size so we anchored in our favorite spot just outside the channel at around 2pm
We stayed for two nights, went out to dinner at Snook Inn on the last. In the morning we refueled at Rose Marina, filled our water tanks and pumped out and gave Happy Wife a quick wash down and filled up on food supplies from Publix before heading off for the Ten Thousand Islands. We took the intercostal to get there as it would be the calmest and fastest way down.
It always feels so good when everything is clean, full land ready for the trip ahead!