Southwest Florida Yachts


Time for "Stay-Cation 2.0"

By Barb Hansen
April 2018

It’s that 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.

While the 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.

While we 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 cruising.

There’s 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.

In this 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 home.

If you 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.

You can also fish the back bays from your dinghy or order fresh grouper from the menu at Temptations in Boca Grande on Gasparilla Island.

Mother 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.

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