Suggestions for good liveaboard/Cruise boats?
Check out Burnt Store Marina in Charlotte Harbor. It''s near Punta Gorda - north of Ft. Myers and south of Sarasota. We have chartered out of Burnt Store for years now - with Yachting Vacations. Their location is wonderful from a water standpoint - essentially 12 km from the Boca Grande inlet. You will be hard pressed to find a prettier sailing ground. Don''t miss anchoring in Pelican Bay, but watch your depth, as anything over about 4''6" will have trouble at low tide. It''s worth it, though, and Cayo Costa is one of the treasures.
From a land standpoint, Burnt Store leaves a lot to be desired. If you don''t have a car, the nearest large grocery store is about 8-10 miles away. Burnt Store is in a residential community, so there''s golf, a restaurant, laundry, showers, ship''s store, pump-out station, fuel, water, etc. If you''re looking to provision, you can probably find a better spot.
You would do well to pick up a copy of A Gunkholer''s Cruising Guide to Florida''s West Coast by Tom Lenfesty. He gives a lot of really wonderful information. Have fun!