|Mai Thai anchored in Sarasota Harbor|
We anchored at the expansive Sarasota Harbor, near Marina Jack. You can tie up your dinghy at O'Leary Tiki Bar and Grill for a small fee. Once on land, you are on Island Park (or Bayfront Park) with lots of amenities to offer the public - walkways for rollerblading, walking or running, huge playgrounds and water fountains for kids to play in, benches for picnics, all with the lovely view of Sarasota Bay. For those seeking watersports activities, there are plenty of affordable rentals and charters (sunset or dinner cruises, deep-sea fishing, you name it) at the park.
|Sunset at Sarasota Harbor|
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We love Sarasota so much we stayed on anchor there for almost three weeks! When the birds start eating their catch on your deck and bimini top, it is time to leave. Did I mention that there were quite a few liveaboards at the anchorage? Back in those days, you could anchor as long as you liked. Now, the city limits anchoring to 72 hours. There's talk about putting in a mooring field that will be run by Marina Jack. Check out The Waterway Guide or Skipper Bob's publication for more information.
|Mai Thai at anchor in Sarasota|
Since Nov 2012, you can no longer anchor freely in Sarasota. The city has installed moorings which cost $25/day. Find out more here
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