Heading to the Florida Gulf Coast or Keys and wonder where you’ll get provisions?
You need three things in order to successfully provision by dinghy:
- A good anchorage
- A place to leave the dinghy — either a dinghy dock or a beach
- A grocery store not too far away
- BONUS POINTS if a cab can bring you back if you have a large load (ie., both a road to the dinghy and cabs available)
TBG reader Mary Dixon has compiled a fantastic resource for anyone boating in SW Florida and the Keys — particularly if you’re new to the area or just passing through.
She’s been compiling a list of dinghy-able provisioning stops, complete with little charts for many. The link is below; she keeps it updated so be sure to bookmark it for future use:
I love this type of “cruisers helping cruisers” info — we relied on it so much as we cruised the Sea of Cortez, where things changed faster than printed cruising guides could be updated. Knowing of provisioning availability and ease can definitely affect the decision to stop somewhere!
If provisioning by dinghy is new to you, check out my tips here.