I am sharing this simply because I find it amusing every time I see a thread asking if the Gulf will be too cool to swim at certain times a year. (it does not take much to amuse me I know;-) Someone asked me if my son and I would go in the gulf when we were on Sanibel in November, saying they thought we might be cold, I said of course we would swim. Then yesterday I was in the ocean here in Maine and they are saying our water temp, is around 61-62 right now. I look up water temp for Sanibel...and according to the info I found Maine's water temp now if below what Sanibel's is even in the winter. So guess we will be going in!