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  • Sunset Bay Marina (Stuart, FL on the St. Lucie River, South Fork) And the Roosevelt Bridges

    There have already been many postings praising Sunset Bay Marina here on the Cruisers’ Net. For those who don’t know, this facility is the new incarnation of the Stuart City Marina, once known as Southpointe Anchorage. The new version has plentiful slip dockage, plus an extensive mooring field.
    What makes Captain Dave’s note below so valuable, is his advice about the nearby Roosevelt Bridges, which lie between Sunset Bay and the AICW. These old spans were supposed to be removed with the adjacent high-rise span opened, but that’s never happened!

    Ditto to all the good comments. We agree and will be there for the next three months.
    Note of interest: I suggest calling the Roosevelt Bridge for an opening before going under the new 65′ bridge. The bridge tender is very accommodating and will let you know when she is about to open so you can proceed safely. Be prepared to stop and possibly turn around as the railroad bridge closed without warning just after we started to go under the new bridge.
    On weekends with many boaters and a strong tide racing thru there, it can get interesting.
    Capt Dave

  • Green Cove Springs Marina (St. Johns River, between Jacksonville and Palatka)

    When I received the laudatory note below from Captain Arnold, I queried him about the reports we had received here on the Cruisers’ Net a couple of months ago, that the docks at Green Cove Springs Marina had been “condemned.” I know from my own visits to this facility, that their physical plant has never been what I would describe as “Bristol.” Be sure to read Arnold’s reply in the second note below.

    The lowest cost marina for haul out and DIY yard I have found on the entire ICW is Green Cove Springs Marina some 20 miles south of Jacksonville, FL. So much so that they are currently expanding the yard to accommodate 100 more vessels. 25 ton capacity travel lift – and they also step masts and arrange special repairs.
    This is a great marina of the old style. Lots of large bluewater sailboats here – mainly from north USA but also from Canada, Australia, Germany, Denmark, UK, Brazil. The owner types who sail the oceans as if going for a Sunday drive. Very international and friendly people. Even in the cold weather they’re playing bridge and chess on the heated patio. One sailor brought a huge case of fresh picked grapefruit – and another (limit one per person) a big box of yogourt. Not only every possible repair and renovation going on but also a bevy of salty sea stories. They have restrooms, laundry, and a ships store selling stuff at 10% over wholesale cost. Shops and stores are about a mile away – but always many people pleased to give you a ride.
    I highly recommend this marina. Check them out at http://gcsm.net/
    Captain Arnold
    MV Pisces

    Good morning Claiborne.
    My understanding is that the dock issue is more of an insurance battle to raise premiums. It is also because the dock itself is the property of Reynolds Alluminum and getting them to do anything is both difficult and time consuming. There are many much larger ships at the other 11 docks and really the docks are very durable. Politics may also be involved.
    Certainly all boats once tied to the docks have had to leave – but many still store and /or liveaboard either on the hard or on the many mooring balls in 9ft of fresh water. The emphasis of the marina these days is as an excellent vey friendly DIY yard and at prices well below any other marina I have found on the ICW. They have just finished an extra area for another 100 or so boats – with electrical supply and water supply. I would guess there are some 300 boats currenly here on the hard and another 50 at slips (but full).
    It’s another Indiantown though they don’t sell fuel.
    Captain Arnold
    MV Pisces

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Green Cove Springs Marina

  • Florida Petroleum Company (Fernandina Beach, FL – near Statute Mile 715.5)

    Any of you who have ever taken a gander at my “Cruising Guide to Eastern Florida” knows already about the HIGH docks at Florida Petroleum Company in Fernandina Beach. Yes, indeed, this fracility often has good diesel fuel prices, and many cruisers fill up here time after time, but the docking accomodations are far from ideal for cruising size craft.

    Subject: FLA Petroleum
    Cruising News: We stopped here last week when the wind was blowing pretty hard from the west. The fuel dock is a commercial dock for larger boats and was about 8 feet above my lower deck. We docked ok but got lucky with that wind shoving us toward the dock. Leaving was another matter. Difficult to get away without scratching or marring something. Not the best place to go in a west wind.
    Capt Dave

    Click Here To View the Current Fuel Prices at Florida Petroleum Company

  • St. Augustine City Marina (Statute Mile 778)

    St. Augustine City Marina does sit near the near to the town’s wonderful historic district, but please remember that two other nearby facilities, Cammachee Cove Yacht Harbor and Conch House Marina Resort are SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORS!

    St Augustine City Marina is great. Good docking help, immaculate restrooms, near many great restaurants.
    Capt Dave

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Cammachee Cove Marina

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Conch House Resort Marina

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Easern Florida Marina Directory Listing For St. Augustine City Marina

  • Beach Marine (Jacksonville Beach, near Statute Mile 748)

    Beach Marina guards the AICW’s eastern banks, just north of the new fixed, high-rise BB McCormick Bridge in Jacksonville Beach.

    Stayed here last night, 2/25/10. Easy access, limited bath/head facilities but adequate, two restaurants short walk away.
    CAUTION: We departed when an outgoing tide was running with a 3 – 4 knot northerly flow. It caught me off guard and some difficulty turning south. Had it been flowing the other direction it could have created a hazard of being swept into pilings and bridge construction equipment.
    Capt Dave

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Beach Marine

  • North Palm Beach – Lake Worth Anchorage (near Statute Mile 1014)

    We love anchoring near the northern end of Lake Worth. Follow the link below to the Cruisers’ Net’s “Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory” for this anchor down spot, open the “Comments” from fellow cruisers, and learn about plentiful nearby dining and shopping possibilities.

    North Lake Worth anchorage SM 1014.2
    Very quiet and well-protected. We entered by turning east just south of G27 per Skipper Bob and following the channel around behind the condos. there were quite a few boats there, mostly sailboats, but we found plenty of swinging room in the northeast corner. Holding was excellent, but winds were light. Anchor came up clean.
    Bill Root

    Recently, the village North Palm Beach deleted all local code relating to regulating anchoring in local waters, in order to comply with Florida anchoring statutes.
    This means one could anchor in the large basin on the western side of the North Palm Beach Waterway, just south of where the ICW swings from south to east, between the PGA Bridge and Parker (Route#1) bridge. Simply do not turn east as the ICW does, but continue south into the NPB Waterway, keeping the golf course on your port side. The basin is about one tenth of a mile in. No shoreside facilities or landing facilities exist here so be respectful of the private property that surrounds this beautiful, quiet and safe anchorage.
    In addition North Palm Beach will no longer be charging for, or requiring, an anchoring permit in any village waters, including Lake Worth.
    kendonnawright@att.net
    Capt. Ken Wright

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For the North Palm Beach – Lake Worth Anchorage

  • Great Dining in Dinner Key – Coconut Grove (south Miami, neart St. M. 1094.5)

    Sounds yummy, and a good deal to boot!

    Want a real good meal in Coconut Grove? Try “The Ivy” in the Grove. Tell them Bob said, “Give us the local price”. Sunday to Thursday should get you 50% off on your meals. The food is great, desert even better. Also. Happy Hour 4-7 weekdays.
    Bob Gray, Sevierville, TN

    Click Here To View the Florida Keys Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Coconut Grove Sailing Club

    Click Here To View the Florida Keys Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Dinner Key Marina

  • Titusville City Marina (Statute Mile 879)

    451 Marina Rd., Titusville, FL 32796, Phone: 321-383-5600, Fax: 321-383-5602, Contact: Joe Stone General Manager, Hours: 8:00 am - 1:00 am, Groceries within walking distance  , Restaurants nearby  , 5 minutes from Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge  , 10 minutes from Canaveral National Seashore  , 20 minutes from Kennedy Space Center  , 1 hour from Orlando Attractions , How wonderful to receive such a glowing report on Titusville City Marina, with this facility being the NEWEST SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR. Not only can you follow the link below in Captain message to receive a GREAT deal on dockage, but the same result can be achieved by clicking this facility’s new sponsorship panel contained in this posting. See you there!!!

    We recently spent a couple of nights at Titusville City Marina…weathered a strong front there, and we were in slip B-82…we did experience a little roll…but it was not bothersome… We found the facility well maintained and well run…very helpful staff.
    Don’t tell anyone I said this…but if you go to this link… you will find a good deal on their marina….
    http://www.titusville.com/files/fdc1up.pdf
    Basically….its a deal they have going until June 30, 2010… if you stay 3 nights (consecutively) and you mention the deal….you only pay for 2 of the nights and the 3rd is free!!
    We were very pleased with our stay there, and their new docks are built very well.
    Rob Homan

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Titusville City Marina

  • Two Historic Sites Not to Miss in Coconut Grove – Captain Jane Reports

    What a wonderful report from our fearless roving reporter, Captain Jane Tigar. So many cruisers spend time in the Coconut Grove – Dinner Key region of South Miami every year, whether tied to the dock at Dinner Key Marina or on a mooring at Coconut Grove Sailing Club (A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR) or the new Dinnery Key mooring field. Captain Jane informs one and all about two historic sites within walking distance of the docks that “should not be missed.” Give her story a read, and then let us know

    Sometimes, it’s so tempting to stay in our cocoon like boats — after all, once you are on board, why would you want to get off a boat except for laundry, land heads and supermarkets — and West Marine?
    The parade of winter storms of ’09-’10 taught us how important it is to remember to get off our boats and explore the communities we visit and as much as I cherish the lonely anchorages where it’s just us, the wind, the water, the birds and the under water life, I admit that civilization has its charms. Dinner Key is one of those places that has some serious charm. Here are two places where we found charm and connection to the essential spirit of Coconut Grove, both within walking distance of the Dinner Key City Marina.

    Close-up of part of the restored ceiling art and murals in the historic Dinner Key City Hall. Photo by Jane B Tigar

    City Hall is well worth a visit and it’s literally next door.
    If you’re here on a week day, worth a visit is City Hall, adjacent to the marina (to the right facing the land). It’s so close you can probably see it from your slip or your mooring ball. Since 1954, City Hall has been right here in the former Pan American seaplane terminal. Pan American World Airways’ flying boats were based here in the 1930s and ‘40s and Dinner Key became a main hub for air traffic between North and South America until seaplanes went out of style. At that point, Pan Am moved its hub to Miami.
    The terminal has been carefully restored and you can now see wonderful art deco murals commemorating aviation history along with Zodiac symbols on the ceiling that had been painted over in the ’50s. There is also a small display of fascinating photographs from the seaplane era, including one of Charles Lindbergh. For more information about this historic site, check out the City of Miami website: http://www.ci.miami.fl.us

    Barnacle House - Steve Dimse, Florida Park Services Specialist, giving us an engaging two-person "I can't believe you came out in this cold weather" tour

    Step through a Time Portal at Barnacle Historic State Park.
    The Barnacle Historic State Park is reason alone to visit Dinner Key and do so on a weekend or Monday. A 20-minute walk (just under a mile) from the marina, up Main Avenue on the left hand side, you will see a little off-set treed area with a historic marker and a path. Follow that path — in a moment you will forget the bustling commerce and you will enter a real “hammock” of indigenous Florida vegetation and towering ancient live oaks.
    You are now in the late 1890s when Miami was undeveloped and natural. Here you can explore the five acre park that was once the homestead of a real character of a guy from Staten Island who “discovered” Biscayne Bay. Ralph Middleton Munroe, a relative of the poet Longfellow, and a follower of the transcendentalist movement, settled in Biscayne Bay, first in a tent camp, and then in a house that, thanks to the generous donation by his heirs, is now the centerpiece of this Florida state park. Ralph Middleton Munroe built the Barnacle House in 1891 and it is furnished with some of his original furnishings plus antiques and other items donated by his family. He was a yacht designer, naturalist, seaman, and civic activist whom the US Parks Service describes as “one of Coconut Grove’s most charming and influential pioneers.”
    Note, the park is closed Tuesday through Thursday. It is open Friday through Monday from 9-5. Tours are at 10 and 11:30 AM, and again at 1 and 2:30.
    Check with the Park about special events. Wednesday nights at 6 PM there is a yoga class. If you are visiting the weekend of January 15, the park is hosting Shakespeare in the Park with a production of Taming of the Shrew. Sunday, January 24, 2010, there is an Old Time Dance with live music and someone teaching traditional American folk dance steps. There seems to be one or two events a month. For more information: http://www.TheBarnacle.org
    If you do visit Barnacle House, and we hope you do, please post a comment here and let us know if you, too, felt the multi-faceted genius Ralph Middleton Munroe come alive. That visit alone gave us a feeling of deep connection to Coconut Grove. As you walk around town, you may see historical markers referencing his contributions to other parts of life in Coconut Grove. In fact, I’m transmitting this story to the Salty Southeast while using the free wifi in the public library, a charming historic site itself, surrounded by palm trees and garden and only a short walk across the street from the Dinner Key Marina. It’s on land donated by Ralph Middleton Munroe who started the first library in the area, acquiring and delivering books by boat. It is also the site where Munroe’s first wife is buried. Just next door to the library, is another historic site, the women’s club built in the 1890s, also on land donated by Mr. Munroe.
    Jane Tigar
    S/V Lady Jane

    Hi Jane
    Thanks for a great post. I’ve just returned from a 10 day stay aboard our boat “Cloud Nine” at Dinner Key Marina. You’re right. We can see the Miami City Hall from our slip and I never set foot inside the building. I will be sure to visit on my next trip for sure. My husband, Tom is currently in Dinner key and I will pass this site on to him. We loved the Coconut Grove Arts Festival over President’s day weekend.Much to see and do in this charming town
    Keep up the good work.
    Pam Frech
    Cloud Nine

    Great post ,good to see the old Monroe house has been preserved. I had a friend that I worked with at Bertram Yacht yard in the mid 60’s that was the care taker of the house when the Monroe where out of town. My wife would Join them on weekends at the house which was a great treat. The gardens and front lawn down to the water were magnificent in the evening.
    S/V Seamist
    Dave Skiff

  • Marina at Ortega Landing (Jacksonville – St. Johns River)

    This facility, which is the first you will encounter upon entering Ortega River from the St. Johns, has received many positive comments here on the Cruisers’ Net.

    Hi all, Not much I can add to what has been written above. Just want to add my own personal recomendation. This is really a first class marina with conveniences not found very often. I have been here a few months waiting to move on to the islands and the marina and staff have made my stay a pleasure. They recently hosted a Super Bowl Party that was superbly handled. This place is a gem and well worth stopping to visit.
    Jim Burke,
    Blondie

    Subject: Ortega Landing Marina, Jacksonville
    Cruising News: We would like to report on a most excellent and positive experience that we recently had at Ortega Landing Marina. This is a first class facility run by first class people. Joann, Bob, Amy, and Kris are the team behind this marina’s success. Everyone went out of their way to support us during our 11 day stay when we also enjoyed MTOA’s 20% discount. OLM, located on the Ortega River, is a quarter mile walk to West Marine, Publix, restaurants, and numerous other retail stores. It’s also a bike ride away from downtown and Jacksonville Landing. Marina resident, Ralph, of Yacht Services, gave us the attention we needed to resolve a nagging refrigeration/electrical problem. Each of these wonderful folks made our stay a memorable one and we highly recommend this facility to anyone visiting the Jacksonville area.
    Bill and Laura Bender
    M/V Kindred Spirit III

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Marina at Ortega River Landing

  • Good Words About the Dinner Key Mooring Field (Miami – Coconut Grove)

    Both the messages below paint a very different picture of the Dinner Key Mooring Field than what was shared in an earlier posting here on the Cruisers’ Net (http://www.CruisersNet.net/unhappy-times-at-miami-beach-marina-near-government-cut-inlet). There has also been an earlier, very positive posting concerning this mooring field (http://www.CruisersNet.net/great-experience-in-the-dinner-key-mooring-field-miami-coconut-grove-near-st-m-1094-5). Read all this info, and make your own decision, but it certainly looks as the tide of opinion in the Cruising Community is now running in favor of this facility.

    While I am in favor anchoring, from time to time moorings have great advantage. And in the case of the Dinner Key area this couldn’t be truer. For years I have passed though this area, but tended to anchor away from the crowds which I might ad looked mainly unseaworth and derlict. I did this because I have experienced many times vessels draging anchor. The dinner key area has really cleaned up for the better. My experience at the dinner key mooring field was terrific. The staff was professional and the facilites were clean. I hope that the moorings continue in the future as I hope to return.
    Captain Thomas Ryne
    S/V Sea Dog

    I stayed at the Dinner Key Mooring Facility all of January 2010 and it was one of the greatest experiences I had in my 25 years of sailing. They have a great staff, shuttle service and a pumpout boat. The view of downtown Miami is increadable!! My vessel is 40 feet LOA.
    Why didn’t the 47ft Soulmates stay in the big marina – funny, they have an expensive boat but I guess their too cheep for their britches.
    Capt. Bob

  • Cocoa Village Marina (Statute Mile 897)

    Coca Village Marina is a facility that receives consistent praise here on the Cruisers’ Net. Anyone who happens to stay here, please mention to the management that you saw good things about their facility on the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net!

    This is a great marina with Cocoa Village across the street. There is no problem renting a slip in either the protected west basin, or the more exposed east basin. We found everything top shelf. The facility is under new management but very little has changed, I even heard of more improvements down the road, like slip side pump out. When that happens, this will be a 4 star marina. Don’t miss this one.
    SG Wilcox

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Cocoa Village Marina

  • Fort Lauderdale’s Sun Trolley – Captain Jane Reports

    As usual, Captain Jane, our fearless roving reporter, has done a wonderful job! This time, she lays bare all the mysteries surrounding Fort Lauderdale’s “Sun Trolley.” This city service can be a real boon for crusiers, particulary if you are docked at the Las Olas city marina. However, to take advantage of this service, you will need the keys to the kingdom described so ably below!

    Sun Trolley approaching the Hall of Fame Marina stop

    Now we know why all the information we got from marinas, hotels and the Internet was conflicting about the still wonderful but sadly diminished Sun Trolley system in Fort Lauderdale. Even the guy at the Fort Lauderdale Welcome wagon, in his trolley-like hut, didn’t have it exactly right.
    So here is the scoop direct from the mouths of two trolley drivers, one of whom tore down the out of date sign as we began asking about the daily schedule and free Fridays it heralded.
    Yes, the Sun Trolley exists and we rode the one you see to the right to a huge shopping center with just about anything you could need for provisioning, starting with a huge Publix supermarket.
    The trolley seems to run every half hour. The return trolley stop at the shopping center is at Publix.

    Myth: The Sun Trolley is free on Friday.
    Fact: Every ride costs 50 cents; you can pay for two with a paper dollar and conserve those laundry machine quarters. There are no free days any more.

    Myth: The Sun Trolley runs every day.
    Fact: The Sun Trolley runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday only. 10 AM to 10 PM for the 17th street bridge route that goes from near the Las Olas Marina across the 17th Street Bridge to the shopping center with the Publix.
    Fridays, the Las Olas route to downtown theaters, restaurants, the art museum: 6 PM to midnight. Saturday and Sunday the Las Olas route is 10
    AM to midnight.

    Myth: you can hail the trolley anywhere by waving.
    Fact: The driver said if she happens to see you and you wave, she will stop. However, she promises to stop if you wave and are at a bus stop.
    The bus stops are along A1A and Seabreeze Boulevard. For example, there is a stop at the Hall of Fame Marina, right in front of the Aquatic Center.

    Fact without a Myth: This is a fantastic public service. Please take advantage of it — it’s a use it or lose it kind of amenity and we saw signs for public meetings in February and March to discuss how to keep the Sun Trolley viable.
    Jane Tigar
    S/V Lady Jane

    Fact: The Sun Trolley IS free on Friday. We rode to Publix on a Friday and the driver told us every Friday is free.
    Doug

    Sun Trolley is 50 cents on both the A1A and Las Olas routes every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Passengers are a mix of residents and visitors to Fort Lauderdale Beach. The agency plans to expand the A1A route from Harbor Shops to the Galleria Mall on Sunrise Blvd. by October 1, 2010. Sun Trolley is the community bus service for the City of Fort Lauderdale and is managed by the Downtown Fort Lauderdale TMA, a nonprofit agency incorporated in 1992.
    Patricia, submitted 9/9/2010

  • Vero Beach Municipal Marina and Vero Beach (Statute Mile 952)

    Vero Beach MarinaWe are all very excited that our dear friend, Captain Jane Tigar has agreed to become a “roving reporter” for the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net. Captain Jane has been contributing stories and cruising news to the Net for many years. Now, her articles will be a bit lengthier, and allow one and all to take a more in-depth look at the ports of call and anchorages on which she chooses to report. Everyone please join with me in welcoming Captain Jane aboard!
    Below, Jane takes a good, long look at the delightful port of call known as Vero Beach, and its city marina plus mooring field. Good choice, Jane, as Vero Beach Municipal Marina is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    If there’s one marina that rivals a good anchorage, it’s Vero Beach Municipal Marina. Whether in a slip or on a mooring ball, it’s a bucolic setting that could make you rethink any associations you have with the word “municipal.” This is not some impersonal marina where you feel like you are in a boat parking lot and your sight-seeing is limited to the marina office and land heads. Think summer camp, a charming foliage rich cove, great sunsets and bright stars at night combined with easy access to culture, entertainment and provisioning.
    Vero Beach Municipal Marina is possibly the most convenient marina we’ve ever visited. The ocean, restaurants and shops are only a 15 minute walk away. “Serious” shopping centers are a short and free shuttle bus ride away with a choice of mid to high range supermarkets, post office, UPS store, and, the all important West Marine Express. There are two shuttle stops at the the marina — one at the dinghy dock and one near the land heads and showers and marina office. It does not get more convenient than this.
    It’s one of our “stay a week” places, not just for the free shuttle buses to and around town but because of the year round summer camp like atmospher. Cruisers do and seem to expect to talk to each other, make friends, swap cruising tips and stories. Maybe it’s because we all queue up for the bus together or because there’s a picnic table, lounge, book swap, plentiful laundry machines — and this physical layout encourages community. Even the mail pick-up feels like camp, with one of the dock hands sorting the mail and putting it in alphabetized cubbies. The way cruisers come for the mail, you’d think they were expecting a care package from Mom and Dad. Maybe they are….
    This time a series of cold snaps and small craft advisories, kept us here a little longer than planned and, as often happens, when we stay longer than we initially intend, we discover something special.
    This year’s discovery is the Vero Beach Museum of Art, a 15 minute walk from the Marina, just across the main road. There is a spectacular exhibit of ceramic masterpieces running right now called Innovation and Change: Great Ceramics from the Ceramics Research Center of Arizona State University Art Museum Collection. This is one masterpiece after another, some fanciful and all amazing to see — even if you think you aren’t interested in ceramics. While this exhibit closes January 10, several more are opening in its wake.
    For cruisers returning Northbound, these two exhibits, among others, will be waiting for you well into May. We can vouch for Food for Thought, a series of huge outdoor bronze sculptures that are plays on words and ideas in the form of giant food-related sculptures by Luis Montoya and Leslie Ortiz. It is great fun to see and walk through the sculpture garden of these surreal and humorous structures with the ocean as a far away backdrop. It runs through May 16, 2010.
    A maritime-themed exhibit awaits late snow-birds and returning snowbirds. Ships and shorelines, William Bradford and Nineteenth-Century American Marine Painting, opens January 30 and runs through May 10, 2010.
    This, to us, is reason alone to get off your boat in Vero Beach.
    But, there is more. Among the “camp” activities back at the marina, there’s the Saturday afternoon get together at the picnic table, starting at 4. Musicians welcome and bring a snack to share.
    Wedesday mornings, you can take the first shuttle bus at 8 and join the cruisers breakfast at the 2002 diner. Get out at the Publix stop; it’s only about five minutes ride from the marina. There you will meet not only active cruisers but local members of CLOD, Cruisers Living on Dirt. It’s an affable group and if you’re lucky, you may get a fanciful bird ornament from Rose — she makes them out of colorful retired computer tape. I proudly wear mine.
    Vero Beach is also a good opportunity for those who need and want a break from eating aboard. We had a good “deli fix” at Two Jays Deli; while it’s not New York City or Kruppens in DC, they do a good job and their sliced meats and nova are far better than the supermarket equivalents; you can get white fish, bagels that are water boiled and there are even take-out knishes. We also had a great lunch at the Siam Orchid restaurant, easily reached by the shuttle, tell the driver you want to get off at the West Marine. Their Thai green curry and red curry lunch specials are excellent and authentic, and at $6.50 with soup of the day, a bargain. They also have first rate sushi offerings at reasonable prices. Bangkok in Downtown is another good Thai restaurant; get off at Pocahontas transfer station on the shuttle bus. This area is fun to walk around, nice shops, including Tea and Chi which is a few doors away from the Cultural Council of Indian River County’s office where you can get the Culture Vulture booklet that highlights cultural events in town.
    This is a stop we look forward to each cruise South and 2010 did not disappoint.
    Jane Tigar
    S/V Lady Jane

    View of the marina office, fuel dock and part of the mooring field.





    A sculpture in the Food for Thought exhibit of giant bronze sculptures by Luis Montoya and Leslie Ortiz at the Vero Beach Museum of Art through January 10, 2010. This sculpture is entitled “WMD”.

     



    Sunset at Vero Beach Municipal Marina


    View of the mooring field.

    Good summary of Vero Beach Municipal Marina. We stopped there briefly this past April and found it as enjoyable as you noted.
    Gerry

    I was at the Municipal Marina some years ago on my way to the Bahamas and back. I loved it, probably the best all round marina I’ve ever been in. I really liked the ice cream shop by the beach. I hope to be there this next winter.
    Jim Owens

    If you stop at the WestMarine on Miracle Mile, stop in Kelly’s Irish pub/bar for an excellent Rueben. Say hi to Ducky. Also, for the best pizza, go to South Beach Pizzaria. It’s a block off the Causeway (17th St). They’ll deliver to the Marina.
    Enjoy Vero. It can be easy to stay longer than you think. Stoping there for a “couple of days” to do some minor fixes and stayed 3 weeks. I now call it Velcro Beach
    Joe Murphy

    Vero is the best kept secret in Florida.My parents lived in the area for 25 years, and it was a thrill while “Looping” to stay at this wonderful marina. There is a fun breakfast place right on north beach next to the boardwalk.Listen to the sea while eating an omlette!Also love “The Driftwood Inn’s large patio overlooking the ocean for lunch. Both places are walkable…a rare occurance in Florida.Try the Riverside theatre for some top notch entertainment.This, too is walking distance from the marina.It doesn’t get better than this!
    Pam Frech

    Should mention that in peak cruising seasons you will probably raft up with a similar size boat on the mooring.
    Some people are put off by this but we have always enjoyed the opportunity to meet more cruisers and we have never (in over a dozen visits) experienced any difficulties with this setup
    Joe Powers/ sv Aquavit

    I find it amusing that cruisers like Vero Beach (as do I) but criticize other cities for wanting to install mooring fields at the expense of anchorage areas. Where is the large anchorage area at Vero Beach? Or am I missing it?
    FSMike

    I too have enjoyed Vero, and the Art Museum, and the very nice restaurant on the beach at the end of this same Main Street. It also gets my OK as a mooring field because it is one of the few that can handle our 60 foot boat. So many former anchorage areas in the NE. are filled with moorings, very few of which can accommodate us, making it a lose-lose situation.
    Beverly Feiges

  • Lake Santa Barbara Anchorage (Statute Mile 1057)

    Lake Santa Barbara is found along the western flank of the AICW between southern Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale.

    Anchored here after a long day of bridges with 20 kts on the nose in the ICW. It was actually quite a pleasant anchorage. We anchored closer to the mouth of the “lake” with plenty of water for our 5 ft. draft. Would stop here again.
    s/v MicMac

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory Listing For Lake Santa Barbara Anchorage

  • Seven Seas Marina (Statute Mile 835)

    The entrance to Seven Seas Marina is located hard by the Port Orange Bridge.

    We stayed at Seven Seas Marina on January 19, 2010. A very fine marina, with fixed wooden piers. only a seven minute walk to the ocean beach. The restrooms are fine, though not what you might find at a more expensive marina. There is a well stocked ship’s store. Pat’s Riverfront Cafe, onsite, is delightful. It is open for breakfast and lunch.
    Seven Seas Marina, at $.90 per foot is helping keep the cost of cruising down. I highly recommend it.
    Norman Mason

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Seven Seas Marina

  • Coconut Grove Sailing Club Mooring Field Recommended (near St. M. 1094.5)

    Transient Moorings in Miami at Coconut Grove Sailing Club, 24 hour launch & security, Short walk to Coconut Grove, Daily & Monthly Rates (305)-444-4571 EXT  16, manager@cgsc.orgIt’s seriously nice to hear good things about our newest SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!!!
    Coconut Grove Sailing Club lies along the Dinner Key – Coconut Grove waterfront, south of Dinner Key Marina. Slip space is not a possibility (except for dinghies), BUT visitors are encouraged to pick up a mooring. Excellent facilities are available in the clubhouse, and Coconut Grove’s many attractions are within easy walking distance.

    We are currently moored at CGSC and recommend it. The rate you have on the site is out of date – currently $35. That includes full access to the club and 24-hour launch service. Fresh Market a few blocks away plus tons of great eateries. The movie theater at Coco Walk is currently closed, but is scheduled to reopen in April.
    One gripe – birds are a real problem here between November and March. The rain today will wash our boat a bit, but the gulls and “black” birds are a real issue. The club says we can tie up at the dock before we leave and wash down. There is room for about four boats at the dock with 4.5 feet at the inner spaces. I have seen members tie up overnight, but no guests are allowed to stay there for long.
    Doug

    When I checked out yesterday, the Sailing Club only charged me $20, as you stated originally. They made an error in quoting me the higher price.
    Doug

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Florida Keys Marina Directory Listing For Coconut Grove Sailing Club

  • Harbortown Marina (on Canaveral Barge Canal, near St. M. 893.5)

    Guest Coupon Available On Our Web Site Harbortown Marina has a LOT going for it, and not only because they are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! They feature a very sheltered harbor, and some really GREAT fuel prices. This facility is NOT located directly on the Indian River section of the AICW. Rather, it guards the southern banks of the Canaveral Barge Canal, which is easily accessed from the Waterway, south of Titusville.

    We left our boat here for over 6 weeks to return home for holidays before heading south. Yes, the docks are in need of some maintenance, but we had no problems and the staff is very nice. Very good protection from the wind/waves due to mangroves on the East side of the basin. If you need a diver, recommend Mike Bovis at cell 215-205-3875. We also had some electroncs work done and recommend Jim Rinehart at cell 772-696-3548. Lastly, the Grill Refill for propane at 772-489-6899.
    Pete & Mary Ann
    s/v MicMac

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Harbortown Marina

  • Great Experience In the Dinner Key Mooring Field (Miami – Coconut Grove, near St. M. 1094.5)

    There was an announcement here on the Cruisers’ Net several months ago, informing one and all that the new mooring field at Dinner Key (southern Miami) was now open for business. Looks like Captain had an excellent experience there.

    The Dinner Key Mooring Facility was the most professionally operated and best value I have ever experienced. I will definately visit there again!
    Capt. EJ Maguire

  • Boat Tree Marina (on the St. Johns River near Sanford, FL and Lake Monroe)

    Boat Tree Marina lies just north of the St. John’s entry into Lake Monroe. This facility features a well sheltered harbor.

    Boat Tree Marina in Sanford is our home marina. We will be returning to it when we complete the loop in March. We agree it’s a great spot. Very well protected with an excellent crew. Locked gates to each dock. Restaurant/bar and pool on premises. Pump-out at each slip if you are in the 40’+ slips. Some staff has changed recently due to the down economy. Call me if you want to discuss.
    Bill & Kathleen Root
    Aboard MV Tucandu in Key West
    43′ Hatteras DCMY

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Boat Tree Marina

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