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Old 03-28-2017, 06:06 AM
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I am taking the family to the Caribe this summer and was considering bringing my pontoon boat . Does anyone have recommendations on places to go or things to do by boat . Also where would I launch . Any help would be appreciated . thanks in advance
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Launch at boggy point or Cotton Bayou.

You are going to be right in the action at Caribe.

Places to go by water to eat

1. Wolf Bay Lodge at Zeke's (pass)
2. Tacky Jacks (awful food, good views, only thing I would get is mexican garbage and drinks for a late afternoon appetizer).
3. San Roc Cay restaurants (Grazi (italian and good, I like this), LA Lagnaippe, Fiddlefish (good for breakfast, Steamer).
4. Cobalt right by Caribe (service is usually slow but food is good)
5. Fisher's dockside and upstairs (fine dining) at Orange Beach Marina. Fishers upstairs menu is really pricey but really good. Downstairs is hit or miss.
6. Shipps Harbor Grill at Sportsman Marina. One of the best places to eat IMO. They cut the menu down last year because the prep times were so long but I think they brought some of them back.
7. Tiki Bar at Sportsman Marina. Go for drinks, food sucks.
8. Pirates Cove (get burger, be prepared to wait forever)
9. GT's on the bay. Changed names havent been. Old place wasnt good.
10. The Wharf - villagio is good. All the other places are a pass
11. Lulu's - on the ICW, pass
12. Sunset Grille at Holiday Harbor - I dont really like it, a lot of people do.
13. Flora bama yacht club

People go beach their boat across from Caribe at Bird and Robinson Island. It will be a very busy weekend and a huge party out there.

As for what to do by boat, most people just anchor up and drink, go for booze cruise, do water sports, etc. If you want some other things to do, you can ride down to Ft. McCree and Fort Pickens and tour the forts which is pretty neat.
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Only 2 boat ramps, Cotton Bayou 1 mile from Caribe,, Boggy point is 4 miles from there.. The islands out from caribe are Popular , cruise up into perdido bay , wolf bay or the inter-coastal to Johnson beach area. plenty of restaurants to get a bit to eat
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thank you for the great info , looking forward to it
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I would add that the Tacky Jacks across from LuLu's on the ICW is far better than the Tacky Jacks at the pass.
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I will definitely say that Kimmer probably nailed it. The islands and cruising the bay provides entertainment for most. Just be aware of current no wake zones. The maps were updated a year or so ago with current no wake zones which extend further to the east if I remember correctly. There was a post from last year with link to new map
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I will definitely need to do a little more research on the wake zones situations . We will spend most of the time just cruising, sightseeing and stopping to play in the water .
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I have brought the boat with me to the Caribe several times. We have had a blast with the boat. Two of the trips we took the boat to Dentin.
If you do decide to bring the boat remember that current rips through there. Watched a guy with a custom built pontoon hit 4 boats one day at the Caribe.
The dock fees are about $2 a foot per day and on top of the dock fee they are going to charge you to park you trailer there.
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yes the fees they charge to dock the boat and park the trailer are ridiculous .
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Avoid tacky jacks anywhere. It's awful. If you want other places to eat, just let me know. Below is the no wake map
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kimmer thanks again , you have been beyond helpful , so basically everywhere is a no wake zone lol ..
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Take the short cruise up to the Florabama Yacht Club and get the fish tacos. And yeah Tacky Jacks is fun but food is average at best.

Also, if the kids want to play in the surf one day, beach or anchor the boat on the sand right before the pass and climb over the dunes to reach the gulf. It seems every time I stay there my kids want at least one day playing in the surf, which is tricky to get to from Caribe.
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that's a good idea marlin , I am sure we will do that one day .
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Originally Posted by Marlin308 View Post
Take the short cruise up to the Florabama Yacht Club and get the fish tacos. And yeah Tacky Jacks is fun but food is average at best.

Also, if the kids want to play in the surf one day, beach or anchor the boat on the sand right before the pass and climb over the dunes to reach the gulf. It seems every time I stay there my kids want at least one day playing in the surf, which is tricky to get to from Caribe.
greek nachos are good to at the yacht club.

ill also add Hub Stacys across the ICW from Sunset Grill its up the hill from the launch parking area, its a hole in the wall place(dollars stapled to the walls) but the food is good. again you will have to be careful with the current as the dock is reserved for the launch. we pull my bayboat up on the beach there if its a slack tide but i wouldnt recommend it unless your familiar with how to beach a pontoon with a current.

Kimmer pretty much summed it up, although he did not mention Bushwackers get them from Pirates Cove, Flora Bama, Anchor Bar (vanila bean yumm) or tacky jacks enjoy

also with a pontoon be very careful of the marina at the caribe, the current in there will get even seasoned veterans with twin engines in trouble.


I almost got in a bad spot last summer in the Yellowfin while running Captains for Kids when the dolphin boat a parasail boat and I all decided to leave our slips at the same time.....i think i scared the crap out of a few kids with the Verados screaming while i was trying to keep the boat off the docks. scared me a little two but i didnt hit anything luckily

enjoy and be careful there are alot of morons around in the summer with more money than sense give yourself plenty or room and dont trust that an oncoming boat or jETSKI knows what they are doing
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Originally Posted by scuba9292 View Post
kimmer thanks again , you have been beyond helpful , so basically everywhere is a no wake zone lol ..
just around the pass. You can run around the rest of ono, bayou st. john, bear point, arnica, wolf bay, etc.

If you are not familiar with the sand bars, I would follow the channel on bayou st. john, etc. There are no channel markers on Old River. You need to follow someone or you can easily hit a sand bar.
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I know I will have to pay special attention to the tides and tie up accordingly . I guess if its too bad I can always let her sleep on the trailer at night .
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The tide change is not very significant in height but quite strong.. Be mindfull of the barnacle growth on the docks as well.
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what does everyone think about a day trip to fort pickens from the Caribe . It looks like a doable trip from the maps but I have never been by water. I will be in a 25ft tritoon so I will stay on the inside .
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Originally Posted by KimmerIII View Post
Avoid tacky jacks anywhere. It's awful. If you want other places to eat, just let me know. Below is the no wake map
as of last weekend they added to the Terry Cove No Wake and along the houses on south side of bear point
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Originally Posted by scuba9292 View Post
what does everyone think about a day trip to fort pickens from the Caribe . It looks like a doable trip from the maps but I have never been by water. I will be in a 25ft tritoon so I will stay on the inside .

Depends on how fast your boat is. It is easily doable. It is about 15 miles over there. There is a no wake zone under the high hump that takes like 20 mins to get to so add that to your math. You are probably looking at a 45 mins over there or so. Just bring 2 anchors.

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