After a terrific two week stay at Burnt Store Marina it was time to again point OLOH south and continue our adventure. The immediate plan was to rendezvous with our dear friends who transplanted from New Jersey to Sarasota at the end of 2016 and brought their beautiful 45 Prestige Out Of Africa with them. As they were willing to motor south to connect with us we had come up with a few destinations that would be great places to hang for a few days and that would also put us a travel day away from Marco Island where we plan to stage for our Gulf crossing to Key West. Once again we learned how tight dockage was as our first couple of choices were completely booked up. Then it was suggested that we try the marina at ‘Tween Waters Island Resort and Spa on Captiva. ‘Tween Waters is just south of South Seas resort where we had been just a few weeks prior and while we were hoping to get a bit closer to Marco, the place looked fantastic to us and our friends have enjoyed several stays there. As it’s a small marina (just 22 slips) I wasn’t anticipating any better luck with availability so I was thrilled when the very friendly gentleman who answered the phone enthusiastically told me that they had room for both boats. Score!
That next morning we bid farewell to our friends at Burnt Store and set out on a sunny, warm and windy morning to essentially backtrack the last trip we took, traveling around 26 nautical miles to the skinny but manageable entrance channel to ‘Tween Waters. Out Of Africa had joined us in Punta Gorda the night before and as they travel faster than we do, they left about an hour after us which timed out perfectly for us to rendezvous at the entrance channel where we were able to follow them in.
As we got close to the marina we knew we had a narrow channel and some skinny water to navigate. Skinny water means there is not a lot of water depth below the boat. Fortunately, these waters have sandy bottoms which are forgiving if you bump them at a slow pace – but no one wants that to happen! Shoaling waters are like pelicans around this area – they are everywhere so a slow go is best practice.
The beauty of ‘Tween Waters is in its old-Florida simplicity and charm. It is un-fancy in the best possible way and the scenery is hard to beat. Probably the nicest view we’ve had out of our salon since acquiring OLOH. The beautiful Gulf beach is a three-minute walk from the boat, the two pools are terrific and there are two restaurants on site that always seem to have a good crowd. We’ve been eating mostly onboard but did have dinner on our arrival night at the Crow’s Nest Bar and Grille and enjoyed some fun entertainment from Gatlin.
One of the highlights of our stay was being able to take our dinghies to the Gulf side of North Captiva Island which is accessible only by boat. We anchored the dinghies just off the beach and spent two terrific days playing in the sand with Jasper getting the most exercise he’s gotten in months, running around off-leash and reveling in beach frisbee and a bit of splashing around.
We certainly would have been content to have simply just sat around on OLOH, taking in the spectacular view but we there was so much to see. We also spent some time gunkholing (taking the dinghy into shallow or shoaling water and meandering from spot to spot).
After extending our ‘Tween Waters stay by two days it is time to make our way to Marco to get ready for the big travel day to Key West. See you out there!
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