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Old 05-07-2015, 06:07 PM   #1
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Advice on Chartering in Florida Gulf Coast

My wife and I are experienced boaters and charter our own 48' flybridge boat in the UK. Can anyone recomend a good charter operator in Florida Gulf Coast who has boats of similar size. If we go with friends we want a boat with two good cabins. What's the best time of year to go for weather and what areas would be best for a two week cruise? Any help would be appreciated! Thanks
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IMO, best between late fall and late spring.

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We were very happy customers of Chitwood Charters, nice selection of larger boats.

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Tell us a little about your cruising style and types of places you like to go. For instance, we are anchor-out, wilderness/undeveloped area cruisers, beach combing and dinghy exploring, all of which that area can supply in abundance. Others are more town-to-town, dock-to-dock or resort types, and there are a wealth of those opportunities as well. You will have fun!
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If you like resort style cruising try South Seas Resort on Captiva Island. For a little more laid back resort try Tween Waters Resort also on Captiva. For anchoring or moorings try Fort Myers Beach, Pine Island Sound, and the Charlotte Harbor areas. Boca Grande is a nice stop. Cabbage Key is a nice stop. Pelican Bay at Cayo Costa is known as one of the best anchorages on the West coast. This area is one of my cruising favorites.
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Thanks All. We cruise the south coast of the UK also going south to Brittany areas of France. we like a mixture of marinas to stock up and walk ashore but also islands, bays, quiet spots, wildlife.
The recomendation is fall to spring but what would be the ideal time in here - away from holidays/cheaper rates etc.? Calm waters, light winds, warm weather, chilled drinks!! I can't wait!
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First 2 weeks of December is nice and warm there, bur tourist season hasn't really started yet. Also, the first 2 weeks of April would be a good choice as many of the snow birds have left, days have gotten longer, and the weather is nice and warm but not hot.

Fort Myers area has good cruising destinations with parks, marinas and mooring bouy anchorages with in a days cruise. The SW coast is protected by barrier islands, and offers a 2 to 3 day cruise to the East coast in a mostly protected waterway (Okeechobee water way) to give you another option if you hit a bad stretch of weather.

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Thanks All. We cruise the south coast of the UK also going south to Brittany areas of France. we like a mixture of marinas to stock up and walk ashore but also islands, bays, quiet spots, wildlife.
The recomendation is fall to spring but what would be the ideal time in here - away from holidays/cheaper rates etc.? Calm waters, light winds, warm weather, chilled drinks!! I can't wait!
In Florida, summer is cheaper than winter, except July 4 period. It's also hotter. But there is no bad time to boat.
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