I have always wanted to take the waterway across the State of Florida, and finally did that. I started on the east coast and entered the canal at Stuart, FL. Great things to see and it gets you into the heartland of Old Florida. Roland Martin Marina was bustling with bass fishermen busy by day that are thirsty by night. Then the trip took us to Ft. Meyers, Sanibel Island, Cabbage Key, and Useppa Island.
I just LOVE Cabbage Key, so get over there and visit sometime. I wrote a trip advisor post, but there is nothing much to do there and by the end of the day you don’t get that done, so great place to disappear from the grid and enjoy nature. www.cabbagekey.com.
The next leg of the journey was to the southern part of Sanibel Island, to Marco Island, Marathon, Key West, Marathon, Miami, and then to Ft Lauderdale. We stopped for fuel and a visit with friends in Coral Gables and I noticed both bildge pumps were running…..not a good sign. We raced to get out of the marina as we were taking on water RAPIDLY from a blown shaft seal. I called my office and we found a lift that was waiting for us and all was well.
I highly recommend you take this circumnavigation yourself over a few months if necessary. You’ll have a blast!