We had a fantastic day, yesterday, at the Swordfish Grill and Tiki Bar in Cortez, Florida. It was the venue for the 6th annual Stone Crab Festival. The Swordfish grill has live music 7 days a week on the deck outside overlooking the Sarasota Bay, which is the place you want to be for epic sunsets! It’s located in the historic Fishing Village of Cortez where you can also purchase fresh seafood. Very casual atmosphere, “a mix of Old Florida and the Freshest Local Seafood” as their ads say. The Seared Ahi Tuna and seaweed salad is one of my favorites! This is definitely on my list of ‘best places to go’ in Southwest Florida.
Below is a short video from the outside deck. The address for the Swordfish Grill is 4628 119th St W, Cortez, Florida 34215, just before crossing over the bridge into Anna Maria Island.
A fun afternoon in Myakka River State Park. Ride on one of the two largest covered air boats, the “Myakka Maiden,” or the “Gator Gal“. We chose the Gator Gal to see hundreds of alligators lying along the shore. These air-powered vessels venture into the shallow, grassy areas where traditional boats wouldn’t dare to go. The Winter Session for tours go from Dec. 16th to May 31st each year, with the busiest time of year being the Winter. Tickets are sold for same-day tours starting at 9am. They don’t sell ahead of time and you should arrive early for parking. Children 5 yrs & under – free; Adults-13 years & Older $14.00 plus tax and children 6-12 years $7.00 plus tax. They also have eco tram tours. They also have a snack bar and gift shop.
And, yes we did see loads of alligators on the shore and in the water swimming around the boat! Definitely worth the trip.
You won’t want to miss this one! Right on the Riverwalk overlooking the Manatee River….save the date Dec. 1-3, 2017. The weather in Florida this time of year is perfect for a weekend outside full of fun! I’ll see you at Mattison’s for their “Blues Brunch” on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017.