Boca Grande Key/Channel is a really neat spot, until the wind and tide are in opposition. Incredible lobstering and fishing in the anchorage at Boca Grande Key as well.
Brian, I saw that same sight every evening for two solid months, and believe me, I wanted to see it a lot longer. I really loved spending time there, and really miss everyone I met. It was an incredible place to spend much of the winter.
On days when the weather cooperated, and I didn't have to play music, I motored through Sister Creek, put up the sails, then sailed out to Sombrero Light, turned right and sailed to Seven Mile Bridge and into the Gulf of Mexico, sailed around the nearby islands, then sailed back to the lower entrance to Boot Key Harbor before firing up the engine. Both the sailing and sights were incredible.
Ironically, people tell me how hot and humid it is there during mid summer. I guess they've never been to Baltimore in August and September - 95 degree days with 100-percent humidity.