We had a great day with perfect weather, very relaxing. Usually we start the morning by doing some sightseeing, just driving around on Sarasota Bay and along the Intracoastal Waterways. Then we cast anchor at our favorite spot, just off of Beer Can Island, in the little bay between Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island.
There is a natural sand bank area where many boats anchor in sort of a ring around it. Perfect for wading and snorkeling, lots of interesting marine life.
Around 1:30 PM we crusie3d over to Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub, which is just a short distance away from our fave spot. Here you can dock your boat and eat right off the dock in their fabulous garden area. We had a yummy Pina Colada to cool off before lunch, perfect!
Then back for some more snorkeling and some sightseeing before the day was up. Such a nice day!
Here are some pics and videos:
Sarah is excited as we pull out of the marina
I was perfectly fine behind the windshield
A nice day on the bay, still early in the morning
Some pelicans hanging out under the Cortez bridge
Lots of nice houses along the intracoastal waterway
Sarah having some fun...
An eagle hanging out, looked very young
Sarah found a baby Sanddollar
We just docked, here is Beer Can Island behind me
Our home for the day, Ken relaxing
A snack for daddy too
Sarah found a nice, small Spider Crab
..and here she got a Hermit Crab
Sarah found a Spider Crab eating a Venus Sun Ray shell