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53. Boca Grande – Gasparilla Island Basin Anchorage

53. Boca Grande – Gasparilla Island Basin Anchorage
Statute Mile 28.5
Lat/Lon: near 26 45.084 North/082 15.404 West
Location: lies on the charted basin, north of the primary Boca Grand entrance channel, which itself lies west, northwest of the ICW’s unlighted daybeacon #2
Special Note: From Lee County Marine Patrol: “Please do not anchor to or tie off to the mangroves.” (Some other cruising websites incorrectly instruct cruisers to tie off to the mangroves.)

Minimum Depth: 5-5 ½ feet
Swing Room: sufficient swinging room for vessels as large as 36 feet – swing room can be limited in this anchorage by crowding and the presence of several derelicts
Foul Weather Shelter: excellent


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Comments from the Cruisers' Net Community (3)

  1. Jim Merritt -  June 12, 2014 - 10:54 am

    June 7 2014
    Basically the anchorage is a wide spot in a very active waterway, with fishing boats coming and going constantly.( there was a tarpon tournament that weekend) Necessary to “Med moor” with a stern anchor near the adjacent mangroves to stay out of the water way. Had a NW wind which was helpful, a SW or South wind would tend to push you into the water way. Whenever there are Mangroves there are bugs so be prepared.

  2. Claiborne -  November 11, 2010 - 2:20 pm

    Great anchorage with big winds. Can be hot in light winds. Only issue is the derelict boats that litter the anchorage and swallow up a lot of the room. Pink Elephant Restaurant and Pub is a 50 yard dinghy ride away.
    Bill Rogner

  3. Claiborne -  April 5, 2010 - 2:05 pm

    One of the nicest anchroages in SW Florida, or maybe anywhere, is Boca Grande. You enter from the bayside off of Charlotte Harbor. Then turn right into a sort of bayou. The water is thin at the turn but opens out to a nice anchorage. Drop your anchor in the middle and then back down and tie your stern to the mangroves.
    There is a public dinghy dock opposite the mangroves. An easy 1/2 mile walk takes you to the cutsy town of Boca Grande with a few restaurants, a tiny grocery and a decent HW store.


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