Beyond Gasparilla to the north, the ICW winds
through scenic Lemon Bay in route to Venice.
the outside track from Boca Grande Pass, you
have access to the ICW again at Venice Inlet.
Venice offers convenient dockage facilities
and a great restaurant at the Crow’s Nest.
Now that you've had a "taste of the islands"
of Southwest Florida, let's head south from
Fort Myers and sample another area of
beautiful cruising, including Naples, and
Marco Island Heading south, the ICW ends for a
time and the Sanibel Bridge forms the "gateway
to the Gulf" and the coastal communities of
Naples and Marco Island. Once through the
Bridge, you'll commence the twenty six mile
passage to Naples, the first stop on our
cruise toward the state's southern tip. The
prominent fishing pier makes for an easy
landfall to Gordon Pass and the entrance to
the world-renown Naples. Anchor amid the
mansions lining the canals leading to town, or
tie up at the City Docks. Either way, you can
experience the sights and sounds of this Mecca
for the "rich and famous". Not all the dining
is "five star", however. There are dockside
dining spots like "The Dock,” and pubs for a
variety of cruising pocketbooks.
seven miles south of Gordon Pass is Marco
Island. The inside route from Naples southward
on the ICW is a treat for nature lovers young
and old. Alligators, raccoons, bald eagles,
osprey and manatees are just a few of the
"friendly natives" you may encounter along the
way. Now a model of resort living, Marco
Island offers a number of marina and leisure
Having explored the coastline from Gasparilla
to Goodland, we have only experienced
two-thirds of what Southwest Florida cruising
has to offer. From Fort Myers, heading East,
the Okeechobee Waterway will take you on a
cruise akin to the "African Queen" as you
journey to Stuart on Florida's east coast.