Jekyll Island, Georgia
Jekyll Island, just off the coast of Georgia, has numerous
stately homes from the late nineteenth century surrounding the famous Jekyll Island Club. The Club’s wharf has accommodated visiting boats all the way from J.P. Morgan’s
304 foot, legendary yacht, Corsair II to smaller present day
sailboats. St. Simon’s Sound to the north and Saint Andrews
Sound to the south give ample cruising ground as well as
access to wild, offshore sailing.
Jekyll Island, GA
Tampa Bay, Florida
Tampa Bay is a large, natural estuary along the Gulf of
Mexico on the west central coast of Florida close to metro
areas that include Clearwater, Tampa, St. Petersburg and
other smaller cities. Nearly three million people surround
the bay. In 2012, St. Pete’s Beach was voted the #1 beach in
the country by Trip Advisor. The Bay is a mecca for sailors
with numerous charter companies and marinas. Cruising
grounds inside and off shore islands make it one of Florida’s
key sailing areas.
The Florida Keys
The Florida Keys are a string of small islands and islets
connected by a seemingly endless highway bridge for 162
miles from Miami to Key West. On the east side is the raging Atlantic Ocean but on the Gulf side, it is usually calm
and navigable for sailboats of shallow draft. Key West, the
southernmost point in the U.S. and only 90 miles north of
Cuba, has a bustling sailing community. It’s the jumping off
point for day sails to Salt Key, an uninhabited sandy islet,
or to Dry Tortugas, a famous pirates nest in times past and
a Civil War prison, or a wild passage to Cuba’s Hemingway
Harbor and a nostalgic visit to the 1950’s.
Keep these destinations in mind and
give one a try to live the dream.
There is no better sailing anywhere.