On Saturday, November 2, we traveled from Orange Beach, Alabama to Niceville, Florida. It gave us a sense of accomplishment to see the “Welcome to Florida” sign along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.
Bluewater Bay Marina in Niceville is a comfortable, old-Florida-feel marina on the north side of Choctawhatchee Bay. It has a comfortable restaurant, tropical-theme bar, and a good ship store.
Shortly after we arrived, the Bluewater Bay Harbor Host knocked on our boat to offer any assistance she or her husband could provide. They completed the great loop a few years ago, sold their home in Houston, and now live in Bluewater Bay aboard their beautiful Hatteras named “Nearly Perfect.” The next day, they invited us to a social time aboard their boat with other Loopers in the area. Unexpected and welcomed hospitality.
Friend Lorraine joined us in Niceville for a few days of Great Loop cruising. We launched the dinghy and she and I took a ride around the harbor.