Sunday, June 12, 2011

Marathon, Florida to Naples Sailing and Yacht Club, Naples, FL

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Island Hopper left Marathon Marina and Boat Yard a 7:45 AM to get an early start on today’s 115 mile run to Naples. Captain Kevin said it may be less if he can cut some corners. Hopefully, not in low tide areas or too close of corners. Today’s Seas 1 foot, Winds Variable 5 knots, then West 10 in the afternoon.  Another smooth cruise on the Florida Bay. Island Hopper arrived at Naples Sailing and Yacht Club at 3:00 PM. The crew always enjoys being welcomed by Marilyn the Dock master, but it was her day off, so we were greeted by Fernando. Naples Sailing and Yacht Club is one of Kevin and Debbie’s favorite stops. Marilyn is a dear, the club is beautiful and our fabulous sister-in-law Karen Hopper lives in Naples. These are three great reasons to warrant a Naples visit.


Poised between the Gulf of Mexico and the Everglades, Naples belies its wild setting and Indian post past with the trappings of wealth – neo- Mediterranean-style mansions, neatly manicured golfing developments, revitalized downtown streets, lined with galleries and one of a kind shops, and a reputation for lively and eclectic dining. Visitors come for its luxury hotels – including two Ritz Cartons- its fabulous white sand beaches, fishing, shopping, theatre and arts, and a lofty reputation for golf. Yet with all of the highfalutin living, Naples still appeals to families, especially with the new water park and the new Children’s Museum of Naples that opened in 2010.

Karen joined Kevin and Debbie aboard Island Hopper for Happy Hour Wine Time. They went to Sea-Salt Restaurant ( ) for dinner and had a fabulous meal. Try the Sea Salt Chocolates.  They are amazing.


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