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and to the rear and you will see the wine bar tucked away in the rear. There is always a lot of boats there, as the property is shared with a boat rental company. If it looks full pull up near the docks and ask if they can find you a spot. They seem to always be very accommodating and helpful. Then there’s classic Useppa Island. This is the most beautiful place we have been to. The historical atmosphere mixed with modern menus is unbelievable. If you are looking for a botanical paradise or are a photographer, Useppa Island is the place for you. The walk around the island and through the history museum of the island is terrific. If you haven’t been to Useppa Island be sure to contact them for information. It is a private island and only open to guests at certain times, or if you have a pass. Ask around to some of the island captains about getting one. The pink sidewalk leading to The Collier Inn is a breathtaking display, the quaintly-decorated cottages along the way or the botanical splendor you see, it is a walk you will not soon forget. Make sure to stop at the giant banyan tree along the way to get that perfect photo opportunity. The Collier Inn is loaded with history, great views and worldclass meals. We suggest leaving an extra 30 to 45 minutes in your day to take the tour. Johnny Leverock’s Seafood House, located on the ICW by water and Placida Road by car, is the closest to Cheers that our area has: Everyone knows everyone’s name, and everyone ends up there eventually. By water it is about 20 minutes north of the Boca Grande bridge on the mainland side of the ICW. If you are headed south, it is at the south end of Lemon Bay. Just look for the car ferry taking passengers to and from Palm Island and you can’t miss it. This location is an easy find and can accommodate boats of all sizes. As you approach hail the marina on Channel 16 and they will switch you to a working channel. If you do not have a VHF radio on your boat, approach the fuel dock and request a location to dock for the restaurant. The marina phone number is (941) 697-4356. Did you know that Leverock’s has the most extensive wine program in this area? They are constantly expanding the wine selection at the restaurant and they have wines from all over the world. The food is amazing and the seafood is always fresh. Try the “special” bloody Mary, complete with blackened shrimp, green olives, a 52


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