Dinghy to the Grocery Store

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Provisioning by Dinghy SW Florida

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.

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  1. Debra Turner says:

    This is great! We are headed up the East Coast (currently St. Augustine, FL) to the Chesapeake. Does anyone have similar for this trek?

  2. Just got a request from another reader — anyone have a similar list for any portion of the ICW or Chesapeake?

  3. Sally Conlee says:

    Delightful couple we met in Marathon, thanks for posting this blog!

  4. Lindsey says:

    this is why at the top of my ‘must-have equipment on a boat’ list is a folding bicycle. With a bike, all we need is a good place to land, then grocery stores within 5 miles are easy access. You do have to be sure your dinghy is sized adequately for a bike, but with a folding bike that’s not too hard.
    One place I would add to this list is Bunche Beach, just south of Fort Myers I believe, there is a state park you can land the dinghy then walk to Publix about a mile or so inland. There is a huge tidal range though, we had to carry our dinghy back to the water about 500 feet.

  5. I’m in the process of modifying a golf hand cart (which folds up) to carry shopping bags, much easier to pull a laden cart than carry the bags, or fuel jugs.

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