Florida West Coast Cruising Destinations

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With a wide variety of seaside towns, secluded anchorages and fine marinas, your captains and crew will enjoy the beautiful white sandy beaches, sparkling blue waters, gentle winds, abundant birds and dolphins

Charter Types

Bareboat Charters

Set sail on a bareboat charter on the West Coast of Florida and enjoy your experience from the helm. Below you will find information about cruising destinations, a waterway guide, weather, tides and suggested itineraries.

Captained Charters

A skippered charter vacation on the West Coast of Florida gives you the best of both worlds. Your qualified skipper will show you the spectacular sights at your own pace while you relax away from the helm.
Waterway Guide is an interactive cruising and boater guide featuring mile-by- mile navigation, marina and anchorage listings, fuel pricing and boating news.
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Suggested Bareboat Itineraries

Suggested 1-Day Itinerary

DaysSuggested ItineraryDistance Description
Option #1
1The Vinoy Marina to Resort & Club at Little Harbor
1Resort & Club at Little Harbor The Vinoy Marina6NM
Option #2
1The Vinoy Marina to Egmont Key State Park.
1Egmont Key State Park to the Vinoy Marina.16NM

Suggested 2-Day Itinerary

DaysSuggested ItineraryDistance Description
1The Vinoy Marina to Resort & Club at Little Harbor

6NMEnjoy a relaxing sail across the bay to this Caribbean-style island resort with patio dining at the beachfront Tiki Bar. The Resort offers deep water access with over 200 wet slips and a 250 foot fishing pier
2Resort & Club Little Harbor to the Vinoy Marina
1The Vinoy Marina to Egmont Key State Park.16NM
Tampa Bay offers some beautiful spots for anchoring and spending the day or night. Experience the ruins of Fort Dade at Egmont Key State Park, which is a 126 acre island at the entrance to the Gulf of Mexico.
2Desoto Point Park to The Vinoy Marina

15NMAfter a day at Egmont, sail across the bay to relive the experience of splashing ashore at the monument named after Spaniard Hernando de Soto, at Desoto Point Park from 1539.

Suggested 3-Day Itinerary

DaysSuggested ItineraryDistanceDescription
1The Vinoy Marina to Egmont Key.

Egmont Key to Desoto Point.
Have your camera ready while sailing under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, The Travel Channel rated #3 on the "Top 10 Bridges" in the World. This itinerary offers the best of both worlds, a night at anchor in exciting Fort Desoto Point Park and a relaxing stay at the upscale Resort & Club at Little Harbor.
2Desoto Point to Resort & Club at Little Harbor

15NMAt Egmont Key, you will have the opportunity to explore Fort Dade and discover their famous lighthouse. Later sail to Desoto Point Park and spend the night at this secluded anchorage spot.
3Resort & Club at Little Harbor to The Vinoy Marina6NMDinghy ashore to travel through their trails, which include interpretive signage and waysides that tell the story of the Spanish De Soto Expedition and the natural history of the area. The next day enjoy a trip to the 350 acre Resort & Club at Little Harbor, with a secluded beach and a bounty of recreational amenities.

Suggested 4-Day Itinerary

DaysSuggested ItineraryDistanceDescription
1The Vinoy Marina to Gulfport14NM
Sail into Tampa Bay and anchor in Gulfport, which has a unique and eclectic assortment of merchants and great restaurants. This old-Florida town is very laid-back with a friendly attitude that invites shoppers to browse and enjoy the ambiance.
2Gulfport thru Pass-a-Grill to Clearwater26NMSail up the coast to Clearwater and enjoy the beautiful waters and scenery along the way. Visit the world-renowned sparkling Clearwater Beach, which has the distinct Blue Wave Beach classification.
3Clearwater to Tierra Verde28NMContinue your journey to Tierra Verde and enjoy the new marina’s facilities, which are located by Ft. Desoto Park, named America’s Top Beach for the second consecutive year by TripAdvisor.
4Tierra Verde to The Vinoy Marina6NM

Suggested 7-Day Itinerary

DaysSuggested ItineraryDistanceDescription
1The Vinoy Marina to Longboat Pass.24NM
Longboat Pass boasts its brilliant blue and green waters as they pour into the Gulf of Mexico.
2Longboat Pass to Venice Inlet

28NMVisit Longboat Key Moorings, a first class marina with excellent facilities. Also on Longboat Key, enjoy the famous Moore's Stonecrab Restaurant
3Venice Inlet to Boca Grande.35NMThis stretch of Florida's West Coast is not only beautiful, but is one of Florida's most unique adventures. Travel on the outside in the Gulf of Mexico for a quicker journey or use the ICW for a slower-paced scenic route
Here you will have the opportunity to swim with the manatees at the Venice Inlet.
4Visit Cayo Costa

Captiva- Sanibel Island Area
12NMThe inlet's barrier island location, it offers deep water dockage and a secluded anchorage.
While entering Boca Grande Pass, you will sail by the famous landmark structure, the 1890 Lighthouse Museum.
5Boca Grande to Venice Inlet

35NMAs you continue to sail through North Captiva, the beautiful white sandy beaches of Cayo Costa dominate the landscape. Stop and take a dip.
6Venice to Sarasota/Longboat via Intercoastal Waterway26NMCabbage Key is a stop off in civilization, as only islanders envision it – with a casual hamburger and seafood joint, that boasts a spectacular view surrounded by an inn comprised of cracker cottages, only accessible by boat. The restaurant’s interior walls are covered with autographed dollar bills; find an open spot to place your buck.
7Longboat to the Vinoy Marina24NM

Suggested 10-Day Itinerary

DaysSuggested ItineraryDistanceDescription
1The Vinoy Marina to Longboat Pass.24NM
This itinerary is for the experienced sailor with a desire to see the entire West Coast of Florida.
2Longboat Pass to Venice Inlet
26NMIt requires prior experience with overnight passages and a capable crew.
3Venice Inlet to Boca Grande.26NMThis trip provides time in Key West and the Dry Tortugas. Key West is a very fun place and can be as relaxing, romantic, or wild as you want it to be. That includes by day or night.
4Boca Grande to Marco Island
32NMFort Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas should be on everybody’s bucket-list. Visitors can enjoy a variety of remarkable experiences including, camping, snorkeling, bird watching, fishing, or just enjoying a view from the top of the massive Fort Jefferson.
5Marco Island to Key West 58NMThe Dry Tortugas are situated on the edge of the main shipping channel between the Gulf of Mexico, the western Caribbean, and the Atlantic Ocean.
6Enjoy Key West

A large military fortress, Fort Jefferson, was constructed in the mid-19th century in an effort for the United States to protect the extremely lucrative shipping channel.
7Key West to the Dry Tortugas68NM
8Enjoy Fort Jefferson & Dry Tortugas
14NMThe fort is the largest masonry structure in the Western Hemisphere, and is composed of over 16 million bricks.
9Dry Tortugas to Venice - Requires overnight sail148NM
10Venice Inlet to the Vinoy Marina51NM

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Weather and Tides

7-Day Local Weather Forecast – Offers current air temperature, rain forecast, storm warnings, wind speed/direction, UV index and much more!

Offshore Marine Forecast - Speculates wave height, wind speed / direction and general marine conditions from 60-130 miles offshore including the Middle Grounds and Elbow.

***Important*** When reading this forecast - always read the N. of 25 or 27 and NOT S. of 25 or 27.

Sea Buoy 106nmNOAA Sea Buoy located 106 nautical miles North West of St. Petersburg. Provides hourly updates of wave height and wind speed/direction 106 miles off shore.
Florida Animated Radar Loop – Shows hourly loop of weather formations, rain, storm formations and movement and frontal activity.

NOAA U.S. Color Satellite Image – Thermograph Satellite image updated hourly that shows current and developing weather patterns over the entire U.S.

Moon Phase Calendar – Shows current, future, and past moon phases in calendar format.

Tide Charts - Shows daily, weekly, monthly high/low tide calculations for St. Petersburg -Tampa Bay and surrounding areas. Also shows sunrise/sunset & moon rise/set times.

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