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An alternative to the Keys would be the area around Port Charlotte and Pine Island Sound from Boca Grand to Sanibel Harbor. Relatively protected with lots of interesting places to poke into (prvided your draft is shallow enough) and good anchorages. Although we've sailed to the Keys, and it's only an overnight trip for us, we kind of prefer the Pine Island Sound area--Pelican Bay, Cabbage Key, etc., which is within 60 miles or so of Tampa Bay.

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