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Places to Go By Boat

Charlotte Harbor… Peace River…Canals of PGI…Island Hopping

Cayo Costa Island

Cayo CostaCayo Costa is owned by the State of Florida, which has managed it since the 1860’s. Between 1000 A.D. and the 1700s, it was inhabited by Caloosa Indians and, in later years, by fishermen. Today, it is virtually uninhabited and accessible by boat only.

This island features 7 Miles of secluded, pristine beaches, nature trails and a variety of animals, some of which are endangered. More than 175 bird species can be found on Cayo Costa, along with other wildlife.

Activities can include sunbathing at the beach, searching for shells and shark teeth, snorkeling, and just walking along the nature trails or the beaches. It is a unique experience you will enjoy. Regardless of what you will do on the island, when you leave you are looking forward to your next trip to Cayo Costa.

Cayo Costa 3Cayo Costa 2We recommend making this a whole-day excursion. To get there, it will take between 35 to 70 minutes, depending on the boat and the speed you choose.

You can not buy any refreshments or food on the island, so bring a picnic and water with you. Travel light if you plan to walk from the boat dock to the beaches. However, the State Park runs a shuttle service during the day between the boat docks and the beach.

If you prefer to eat at a restaurant, the famous Cabbage Key Inn is only 10 minutes to the south on Cabbage Key – also accessible only by boat.

Peace River

Peace1Peace3The Peace River is a slow moving, 100-mile long river which you should explore and enjoy at a slow pace on a Pontoon/ Tritoon, Deckboat or Skiff. Take along lunch and drinks to be enjoyed in a quiet and undisturbed Florida setting or eat at the Nav-A-Gator, an old-style Floridian restaurant, located one hour upriver.

Along the southern section, homes can be seen. Then the ride gives way to serene and undisturbed scenery. Starting after a 15-Minute boat ride, you will see the lush green of mangroves, palm trees and other vegetation, not noticing that you are in fact only minutes from civilization. The boat ride will be exciting but very relaxing and enjoyable. On the way you have the chance to observe bird nesting grounds and islands, as well as other wildlife, like manatees and alligators. Take your time on this trip and relax.

Peace2We suggest that you take the western river branch to go upriver and return using the eastern branch of the Peace River.

In general, the boat traffic on the river is very light. You might not even encounter a single boat on your trip, making it possible to anchor and enjoy the serene environment.

Do not forget your camera, or you can buy one at our office (in case you did forget it). It will be worthwhile because this unique setting can only experienced from the water.

Gasparilla Sound / Boca Grande

GASPARILLAGASPARILLA2Enjoy Gasparilla Sound with its turquoise water, small islands and bird sanctuaries. The fishing is great! A stop at Gasparilla Island, with the waterfront community of Boca Grande, is a must. Gasparilla Sound is home to unique wildlife which attracts wildlife photographers from around the world.

Just anchor or cruise in the Sound to enjoy the wildlife. You can see dolphins, white pelicans and other marine species. It will be a relaxing day in a protected marine environment which can only be  experienced by boat.

The trip from Punta Gorda takes 25 to 45 minutes to reach the Gasparilla Sound. Make it a whole-day excursion in this enjoyable environment.

Bring your own lunch or set course for one of the dockside restaurants. (The Fishery in Cape Haze, or the Pink Elephant in Boca Grande). Don’t miss a cruise on the waterways of Gasparilla Island, with unique (and very expensive) waterfront homes and downtown Boca Grande.

Pine Island Sound

PineIsland1PineIsland2Pine Island Sound features the barrier islands Cayo Costa, Captiva, and Sanibel Islands, as well as the smaller islands of Cabbage Key and Useppa. All of them are very attractive destinations, as well as just boating in these waters. Beautiful turquoise water, pristine beaches, and a variety of dockside restaurants make the Pine Island Sound a must to explore.

Whether you visit one of the beaches or cruise the waterways – it is an unforgettable trip, especially if you stop at one of the dockside restaurants in their typical Floridian settings.

It is tradition that you sign a $1 bill and fix it to the wall or ceiling of the old-style restaurants of Cabbage Key Inn and Barnacle’s Phil. You’ll see – their walls and ceilings are covered with them!

Travel time is 45 to 90 minutes to go as far south as Captiva Island, depending on the boat and the speed you choose.

Enjoy great fishing in the passes between the individual barrier islands. Just anchor, fish and enjoy the day!

Don Pedro State Park

Don pedroDon Pedro2If you want to spend a day on a secluded beach, sunbathing, relaxing, or hunting for shark teeth, Don Pedro State Park is the right place for you. It is a great destination for the whole family. Pristine beaches and great facilities will make this day a day to remember.

Don Pedro State Park is accessible only by boat and we have seen never more than 2 or 3 boats docked at the docks. You rarely find anybody on the beach. So, it looks as if it is your private beach.

You cannot buy any food or refreshments in Don Pedro State Park, so bring them with you. The Park features a huge covered sitting and eating area, as well as showers and restrooms, making it possible to spend the whole day there.

When you are not at the beach, explore this State Park by walking along the nature trails. Take along your camera. You can take interesting pictures in the Park and on the way to Don Pedro State Park in the Intracoastal Waterway. Dolphins, manatees, and possibly large stingrays can be found on your way into the Park.


There are many interesting attractions for you to explore or simply relax on one of our many beautiful beaches…

Dockside Restaurants

When cruising Charlotte Harbor and the surrounding waters, you are never far away from a place to enjoy a snack, a meal or just a cold drink…