By admin ~ August 1st, 2013. Filed under: Destinations.
Like backstage anticipation in a theater on opening night, springtime in Fort Lauderdale is wall-to-wall waterfront activity aboard yachts of all sizes and types—the large ones getting spruced up for their passage to the Med for the summer season, to see and be seen along the Cote d’Azur—while others get ready for fishing and fun in The Bahamas, the Florida Keys and the Caribbean. For those that remain, only a relative few venture north to New England, but those that do are in for a grand treat: a date with the Gray Lady.
Cruisers willing to make the 21-nautical-mile detour from the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) on Florida’s northern Atlantic coast will find a beautiful, year-round port at Jacksonville, Florida. Those who take the delightful side trip and venture up the St. Johns River—as Captain Jerry and I did this past spring on our 52- foot trawler Monarch—can enjoy two stops here, one on each side of the river.