I saw a boat named
“SeaEscape” the other day and it reminded me
once again of what this wonderful sport of
boating does for all of us. It gives each of a
very pleasant way to ”escape” from the news of
the day, the demands of work, the projects at
home or whatever it is that has you stressed.
This stress-reliever does
much more than provide us with an escape from
whatever it is that’s weighing heavily on us, it
permits us to “escape” to nature, relaxation,
camaraderie, family time, historical places,
sightseeing and a whole lot more. And it’s one
thing that is a very positive kind of
habit-forming endeavor, a good addiction, if you
If you want to get this
“prescription” for stress-relief filled, there’s
no better place than the famous Gulf waters of
Southwest Florida, my home for the last 30
years. Our waters are at the top of the list
here in the U.S. and #3 in the world, according
to CRUISING WORLD Magazine.
Cruisers have many
options while at sea here---glistening
first-class resorts, quiet reflective anchorages
and enchanting strands of islands. Sugar-sand
beaches, superb shelling and spectacular
sunrises and sunsets are just a few options
nature hereabouts has to offer.
You’ve got the barrier
islands of Sanibel and Captiva, upscale stops at
Naples and Marco Island as well as the
sawgrasses and citrus groves of the Okeechobee
Waterway.—all beckoning for your R&R time. And
no matter where you cruise here, Mother Nature
has a full palate of surprises from the kingly
Tarpon and snook to satisfy any angler’s
desires, to cormorants, herons, skimmers,
spoonbills and egrets to name just a few native
birds and their migratory visitors ready to
delight birders young and old any time of the
.There’s more, too.
Manatees, sea turtles, rays and dolphins are a
few of Mom Nature’s creatures happy to help you
relieve your stress. It’s not uncommon for
dolphins to come “up close and personal”
alongside cruisers and stay for a while.
Everything down here is friendly.
Cruising is great for
couples and families. It’s a shared adventure
that involves teamwork leading to the ultimate
in quality time where texting gives way to
talking. It’s also a great way to meet new
people and to become part of the cruising
family. We look out for one another, wave to
those we don’t know in passing boats, help those
in need of a hand and readily yuk it up with
those we don’t know in adjacent slips or sharing
the same gunkhole.
Industry studies show that boaters are happier
and healthier than non-boaters. The majority of
cruisers studied say boating has brought their
family closer together. And, children exposed to
boating are healthier, less shy, team players
and more likely to be leaders.
Boating offers a great deal – stunning views,
unmatched serenity, miracles of nature – all at
your fingertips if you take this “doctor’s”
advice for a sure fire way to relieve stress.
Take one now and as many as you need in the