Gypsies Palace Cruising Waters – Heading to the Florida Keys

Gypsies Palace In Florida Keys
Gypsies Palace in the background

The further south that we go the more catamarans we are seeing as we enter what I would call Catamaran Cruising Waters. There are lots of sailing catamarans along with a few power catamarans. Our next stop was Marco Island, which is past Naples. We noticed a definite uptick in the number of boats that we are seeing especially fishing boats.  This is our route to the Florida Keys.

One thing that we enjoyed during our stay at Marco Island is that we took the dinghy to the grocery store and farmer’s market.   They have a Winn Dixie with a very long dinghy dock so they do cater to boaters. There is just something about grocery shopping by dinghy that makes it fun!  We stayed 3 days and the weather was nice.

Everglades City Rod & Gun Club
Rod & Gun Club

A special stop that we made was a little bit out of our way and that was Everglades City. This is well worth it the 7 mile trip up the river to get there.  I have known about this place for years. This is part of “Old Florida” where a living was made by hunting and fishing.   The marina there is called the Rod and Gun Club. It was built in the late 1800’s and is definitely a step back in time.   It is perfectly restored and maintained.   There are lots of mounted fish and game on the walls, a pool table room, an intimate bar and white cloth dining room.   Read more