time again; time to make plans for your family’s
summer vacation. A few years back, a wordsmith
somewhere coined the term “stay-cation”
referring to vacationing close to home as a way
to deal with a tough economy without sacrificing
time for rest and relaxation.
economy has gotten better, I’d still like to
suggest consideration of the stay-cation concept
as you make plans for your summer getaway,
especially if you’re cruisers.
get vacationers from Florida, many from Georgia,
the Carolinas, Texas and other states proximate
to the Gulf of Mexico have “discovered” how
great an area we have for summer coastal
no need to venture far offshore, plus you stay
in the U.S. And, it’s also called the “low”
season for a reason – low rates! Many resorts
and venues also have special summer deals on top
of off-season pricing.
day of expensive air travel, safety concerns and
dealing with crowds – cruising close to home is
a great alternative. Check out your closest
coastal community – whether in Florida, the
Chesapeake Bay area, the Carolinas, Georgia or
Texas, there are many beautiful places to cruise
and enjoy your time away, but not too far from
pick our area, you and your crew can enjoy a
number of special things to do like anchoring in
a cove all to yourself or exploring along
beaches where the only footprints are your own.
Or, you can hit the restaurants on Sanibel and
Captiva without having to wait in line.
also fish the back bays from your dinghy or
order fresh grouper from the menu at Temptations
in Boca Grande on Gasparilla Island.
Nature has lots offer. There’s nothing quite
like watching dozens of shore birds dancing in
and out of the waves on the beaches or
identifying shells that wash up on shore. If
treasure hunting has appeal to your crew, you
can do so on a true deserted island. And, you
can sip a cool margarita at Cabbage Key after a
long day of fishing, swimming and shelling and
hunting for treasure.
There’s also the option
of catching the afternoon sea breeze for a sail
down the coast to Fort Myers Beach and a stay at
the Pink Shell Resort with a host of amenities
for all members of the family.
I could go on, but I
think you get my drift for our area and that’s
true of any of our U.S. coastal waters. Give
“stay-cation 2.0” a chance; I’m pretty sure
you’ll be glad you did.