The Forgotten CoastThis is one of my favorite places on the planet - no exaggeration, in my view it is without doubt the most beautiful part of Florida, and yet it has the name the "Forgotten Coast". Few people visit here, especially cruisers and yet the coastline is wonderful.
|Ft. McRee, Pensacola|
We took an easy coastal path with lazy schedule. First we anchored at Ft. McRee, Pensacola - one of our favorite anchorages when it is quiet (non-weekend). From there, we sailed over to Destin, anchoring in the harbor. This is a relatively short hop of about 42 miles. From Destin we originaly planned another 40 mile hop to St. Andrews/Panama City, but we discovered that docks at the marina and yacht club that we love to visit were still under repair from H Michael. So, we elected to continue on directly to Cape San Blas/St. Joe Bay. This is about 62 miles from Destin - so a good day sail.
|Joined by one other Cat at Cape San Blas|
Cape San Blas is a barrier peninsula that forms St. Joe's Bay, enclosing the beautiful bay on almost 4 sides. The Bay has several nice anchorages that are typically remote. On this occasion we shared our anchorage with one other catamaran -SV Brizo from Houston, TX.
We anchored near the end of the Cape. Its a sandy bottom with good holding. We stayed for 2 nights, and then moved on to Apalachicola.
|Cape San Blas|
We did find a few shallower than usual spots in the canal - presumably from storm debris, but we saw no depth less than 6 ft. For the most part, depths were 8-18 ft.
|Band at Bowery Station|
We were meeting family in Apalachicola, so took a dock at Apalachicola Marina. Now this is not a typical marina, but a 150 ft long side-tie dock on the river with power and water. That's about it for amenities, but owner, George was real friendly and the location is excellent for downtown, and the bars at the Bower Station and Apalachicola Ice Company - which of course we had to visit and sample their offerings.
|Apalachicola Ice Company|
We were in Apalachicola for the 4th July celebrations. And with fireworks set off from a barge on the River, we had the perfect vantage point from the boat.
It was a good day - we had a day sail to Little St. George island and fireworks at night. it was good to see the town busy, but as you can imagine, I think the crowds overwhelmed the restaurants that were open for the celebrations.
|Fireworks on the River|