We’re officially done with the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) and back in open water as we get closer to Cedar Key. We had a great cruising day yesterday headed to Homosassa and were surrounded by sea turtles. (In the pic below one of them has a little fish friend hanging out below it).

Entering the town of Homosassa (Gulf Coast) by water involves weaving through the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area (ocean swamp) for a while. It’s a pretty neat, narrow inlet with a handful of old-school Florida homes.

Wildlife Refuge at sunset

Once in Homosassa, smack in the middle of town, there is a peculiar little island that’s inhabited by monkeys. The locals told us they’ve been living there for 40 years and are scared to swim.

There’s also a mini lighthouse and an abandoned boat named the SS Primate on this bite-sized island. It’s all sooo Florida.

Backing up a bit, in Port Richey, we got a close up at some of the famous stilt houses perched offshore.

And perhaps the coolest idea on the water, (no pun) is the ice cream delivery boat in Tarpon Springs. The owner (Jeff) operates on the weekends to some boating hot spots.

Ok..that’s all from waterworld for now 🙂