Ok! Ok! Ok! So enough of this winter snow and cold weather. After several years cruising down south on our boat during the winter, enjoying the warm southern climates, we…
Lovers Key, at New Pass Inlet, South of Fort Myers Beach,
is a Wonderful Anchorage Surrounded by Two State Parks –
This is a place we “LOVE” to return to. After a brief stay at Salty Sams, in Fort Myers Beach, we followed Matanzas Pass south, past Ostego Bay. We then crossed Big Carlos Pass on our way to this anchorage between Lovers Key State Park and Pelican Landings Beach Park. We anchored in six feet of water, with the Dog Park (part of the Lovers Key State Park) to our north. The beach park was west of us and the opening to the Gulf, New Pass Inlet was between the two. It was Saturday, by the time we arrived the place was full of weekend activity. Dogs were running and playing in the dog park. Many boats beached on shore. Ferry boats hauled people back and forth to the parks all day long. Plenty of boating activity all around us.
By mid-afternoon, however, boats slowly began to depart. By sunset we had the ENTIRE New Pass, Lovers Key Pelican Beach area to ourselves… just as we had planned.
It isn’t called Lovers Key for nothing.
We spent a peaceful night on the hook, watching the sun set over the white sand beach, as we caught a sliver of setting sun through New Pass, looking west into the Gulf of Mexico. Day two started with Kismet standing sentinel in the bay, all alone. We enjoyed the early morning peace and quiet, enjoying our coffee and breakfast as the crescendo of the busy day ahead slowly unfolded. Just like the previous day, small boats stirred up the cove and dogs noisily played on the beach.
By mid-day, one could hardly find a place to beach-land a boat. With the Dog Park having as many dogs frolicking in and out of the water as there were boats. Then, as the day wore on, it was as if someone set off a timed alert. Boats started to migrate back to their home docks around 3:00 pm and by 6:00 pm, we again had the entire place to ourselves again.
Spending another peaceful night at anchor also meant the Gulf was calm and flat so, just as planned, we were able to venture out New Pass early in the morning, making our way to the next planned stop, Marco Island.