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Port Canaveral to Port Everglades early April

Hey friends - I have a question, but first some backstory - I am finally going to be able to take a few days off work and sail my boat from up in Merritt Island down to my new home in Fort Lauderdale. Have the first week of April off to make the trip (6 days total available for the trip, plus a cleanup / travel day on each end), and my Dad and my brother will be along as crew.

Weather permitting we're planning to exit Port Canaveral and sail on the outside down to Port Everglades, which is roughly 200 miles, planning on 2 full days sailing. We made this trip going the other direction a few years ago when we moved the boat from Key Largo to Merritt Island, so I'm relatively confident in crew capabilities. The boat's in good shape, also.

If the weather cooperates we're planning to hop over to West End and spend a couple of days goofing off. If the weather doesn't cooperate, we won't.

None of us are rocket surgeons but we all know better than to play chicken with the Gulf Stream if the weather isn't just so.

So here's the question - if the weather is snotty we'll end up coming down the Intracoastal instead of going outside. Not a bad gig in itself, but I'd love to find some kind of interesting diversion along the way to go check out since we'll have some time on our hands. Does anyone have any suggestions on any unusual parks, cool bars, interesting anchorages, haunted houses, etc. to check out along the ICW in that stretch?

Thanks in advance!

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