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A Boater’s Paradise: Homosassa, Florida and Tarpon Key Lodge

DSC 5674As the morning sun breaks through the darkness of night we realize that we have discovered a boating paradise. This is the kind of place you dream about: great restaurants with fresh seafood, dockside bars with live music, a freshwater spring where you can raft up, outstanding fishing and scalloping, not to mention a beautiful house on a private island that overlooks both the Gulf of Mexico and the Homosassa River.

The first weekend in May we trailered our boat down to the small town of Homosassa, a destination that has been on our bucket list since we created Florida By Water. We had two main objectives: to experience the local flair and beauty of this Nature Coast community, and to stay at Tarpon Key Lodge.

Tarpon Key Lodge is a beautiful three bedroom, two bath private home located on Shell Island; a 30 minute boat ride from the Riverhaven Marina. What makes this home unique is that it’s the onlyDSC 5603 house on an eight-acre island, located where the Homosassa River and the Gulf of Mexico meet. The accommodations sleep eight, and include amenities such as kayaks, a fish freezer, commercial icemaker, modern kitchen, Internet and cable, and amazing sunsets viewable from the massive deck that wraps around the entire house. The home, which is only accessible by boat, has a private dock equipped with a shelter and a fish cleaning station. The entire property is beautifully landscaped and you will see wildlife everywhere. Panoramic views provide an incredible reminder of the uniqueness of this destination. During regular season, the island can be yours for only $300 per night with a three-night minimum stay. Costs go up during scallop season.

Kava Screw

Screen Shot 2014-04-19 at 2.01.15 PMWe spend a lot of time outdoors which so we don’t tend to be avid readers. However, when our good friend Captain Patrick decided to right a book we thought it would an interesting read to say the least. We were intrigued to find Kava Screw: A Tale of Sex, Murder, Radio, Fijian Assassins and Brain Forks became more than an interesting book after the first few pages. It was more like reading a train wreck described by an individual with ADHD.
The story involving a PI, who seemed to come from an old black & white detective film, lead us on an adventure with all kinds of twists and turns, not mention oddities, exotic places with a gamut of fascinating characters. Patrick’s thoroughly descriptive narrative allowed us to play it like movie in our minds. And just when we thought we knew how it would end, bam!, another twist.
So, if you’re like us, always outdoors and mostly on the boat, this book is a great read during a relaxing day out on the water. We started it at the beginning of our trip and didn’t put it down. By the time we returned, we had finished the book. We just had to see how it turned out!
If you only ready one book this year this one is a must. It will truly take you imaginative places! I wonder if he’ll write a sequel?...

Available as an ebook at amazon.com

Would You Have What it Takes to Tackle the Everglades Challenge?

Not too long ago, hundreds of boating enthusiasts readied their minds, bodies, and craft for one of the most anticipated challenges in all of theFlorida Keys. We’re talking, of course, about the Everglades Challenge. It took place this year on March 1 and was as popular as ever. Each year, this challenge attracts boaters from all across the United States, not only the Florida area, and every one of them embarks on a journey of over 300 miles. This trip takes participants all the way from Tampa Bay to Key Largo, hitting checkpoints along the way. Let’s take a look at the Everglades Challenge in a bit more detail, and ask the question: wouldyouhave what it takes to try out this challenge next year?

Carrabelle Florida, Chosen as Boaters' Best Getaway

Aerial PhotoJacksonville FL., October 3rd 2013 – A tiny panhandle fishing town has hooked this year’s Florida By Water “Boaters' Best Getaway” award. Each year a city is selected based on criteria that include, but are not limited to, boat ramp access, water accessible accommodations, dockside dining, boating locations/activities and marina availability. This year's award goes to Carrabelle, Florida, located in Franklin County. The award was presented to Sheila Hauserof Southern Breeze Media and Suzanne Zimmerman, Executive Director-Carrabelle Chamber of a Commerce, on Saturday. September 28, 2013.