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Thursday, 27 November 2014

Book a yacht charter for the Gulf view you only usually see in travel magazines!
When visiting Southwest Florida, people expect to see Florida's diverse landscapes, waters and wildlife but as tour guides, we are often asked where to go to see the Gulf views that are postcard worthy.  In our experience, the Gulf view we think is the very best can only be fully appreciated from the vantage point of a boat!  A boat charter or boat rental is the best way to visit all of our pristine barrier islands such as Boca Grande, Cabbage Key, Cayo Costa along with the islands to our south such as Captiva Island and Sanibel island.  Without question, Captiva and Sanibel islands are more well known and though the gulf view along these banks are wonderful, the more spectacular gulf views are the islands to the north.

Factors that affect the gulf view on the southern barrier islands are Lake Ocheechobee releases during rainy season along with Charlotte Harbor which extends 20 miles inland up to Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte.  Charlotte Harbor, though teaming with wildlife is not the clear water people want to swim in due to all the tannins coming from the Peace River which also connects to Charlotte Harbor.  However, if you travel 20 miles out of the harbor, you can easily reach Gasparilla Island and see some of the beautiful clear water and white sand beaches Southwest Florida is known for!  Indeed, Boca Grande has some of the best beaches and Gulf views along the coast with unusually clear jade green waters which sometimes extend into the mangrove channels.  It's a hop, skip and a jump over to Don Pedro island from there but definitely remember to slow down because there are lots of manatees in these areas! Also, If renting a boat, remember to be very, very careful at Boca Grande Pass due to strong rip currents and sudden depth changes.

If you charter a boat to the north of Gasparilla Island, you will happen upon a delightful spit of sand known as Stump Pass Beach State Park!  The winding mangrove channels around this area are also unusually clear because these areas are far enough away not to be affected by the rivers or run off from Lake O.  The Gulf view from this island is, in our opinion the very best in all of Southwest Florida....also known as "The Buccaneer Coast." This is a great time for us to entertain everyone with stories from to learn about the RICH history of this island!

From here, you may decide you want to venture a little more north.  If the Gulf is calm, you will pass all the beautiful unspoiled beaches along Manasota Key which includes Englewood Beach, Blind Pass Beach, and then finally Manasota Key Beach.  On the far northern end of Manasota Key is a quiant and beautiful town called Venice Florida.  Once there, you can indulge in great seafood at Marina Jacks!  The Gulf view in Venice Florida is truly amazing, especially if you decide to take a walk along the rocky entrance into Venice.  These areas, though man made, offer long fishing piers and direct access to a gorgeous public beach area.

For the ultimate Southwest Florida vacation, try one of our overnight yacht charters so you can visit all of these gorgeous islands at your own leisure.  The Gulf view is incredible when we have calm weather and this area of Florida is very fortunate in that regard.  We have mild winters and mostly dry weather here from December through May.  This is why so many snowbirds from the north flock to Southwest Florida during these months.  The Gulf view and the sunsets are dramatic and very colorful on most days!  So, whether you choose to rent a boat or do a yacht charter, you can expect to see dolphins, along with a wide variety of birds including Blue Herons, Snowy Egrets, Black Skimmers and Ospreys.  So reserve a boat rental or book an overnight yacht charter with Gulf Island Tours to see the Gulf view most people only dream about!  Bookmark this blog at for quick and easy access to our webite!

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

For a completely different, totally unique and adventurous cruise tour of scenic Southwest Florida, consider a private yacht in Florida for your next special vacation!

Gulf Island Tours is now featuring several great Private Yacht Florida vacation packages.  A private yacht charter in Florida is a perfect vacation for honeymooners, adventure seeking friends, or for any group of friends wanting an extra special vacation on the beautiful Gulf Islands of Southwest Florida. Why go on yet another a regular beach vacation when you can have privacy aboard an extremely comfortable, all inclusive floating Bed and Breakfast with views that change daily? Why spend all your money for a waterfront  accommodation and then pay "a la carte" for everything else trying to have fun for a few hours each day? Now, you can truly have a luxury all inclusive vacation experience by chartering Gulf Island Tours main vessel, the "Reel Keel!"  Think Private Yacht Florida for a dream vacation you will never forget.

Think about it and add up the average cost of a "halfway decent" beach vacation for two to four people! Next, consider on a land based vacation, you will have to drive everywhere and we are offering round trip limousine services in our packages, so you won't have to worry about a thing!  Next, keep in mind you would most likely spend your days doing "touristy things" like sitting on crowded beaches, driving around stocking your condo with a few basics, or possibly getting restaurant reservations and then waiting in lines.  Another major consideration is that you may not have a safe option for nightly entertainment if you plan on having drinks, unless you can walk home or pay extra for a cab.  This is starting to sound unlike a relaxing fun filled vacation and more like a chore filled hassle! 

Now add in the fact that we include small boat tours PLUS we can do all your food provisioning prior to your arrival and you can easily see why we are the best Bed and Breakfast option anywhere on the Southwest Florida.  It's easy to see why a Private Yacht Florida vacation is the WAY to go!

With Gulf Island Tours, you will avoid all the hassles plus you will be spending your valuable vacation time in beautiful and secluded places that are only accessible by boat!  Imagine being able to spend all your time actually on the water, fishing, swimming or out in the sun relaxing as opposed to driving in slow traffic, parking, waiting in lines then searching (and paying more) for something FUN to do!  You'll have none of the worries or extra added expenses  PLUS you will have secluded pristine barrier island beach access day or night, and at your own leisure! You'll enjoy clear beautiful waters to swim in, private islands to explore, and the benefit of your own private captain with vast local island knowledge to take you to the areas best spots.  You can even opt to book an offshore fishing tour or scuba diving tour conveniently right outside your back door.  Life doesn't get any better than a private yacht in Florida.  You will truly have everything  needed for a both a relaxing and an adventurous vacation aboard the Reel Keel, a secluded "Bed and Breakfast at sea" so don't wait, call and reserve your trip today.  Let us take you on the experience of a lifetime!  Bookmark this page at for quick and easy access to our main website!  Also, to see more about other interesting places to go on boating vacations right here in the good ol' USA, check out this blog for amazing "adventure boating" travel ideas!

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941-505-8687 - Our Boat Rentals in Englewood FL can be delivered to Port Charlotte, Little Gasparilla Island and Boca Grande. Boat tours on our Pontoon Boat Charters sail to Stump Pass, Gasparilla Island, Boca Grande and Cabbage Key. Private Sunset Cruises in Englewood FL available nightly by appointment. We offer deep sea Fishing Charters on our 30 ft. Luhrs. Yacht charters include Limo Service from Punta Gorda, Venice, North Port, Cape Coral, Sarasota, Port Charlotte and Fort Myers Florida. Our Overnight Yacht Charters sail from Englewood FL down to Sanibel, Captiva, Fort Myers or to Boca Grande, Venice and Siesta Key FL. See our Southwest Florida map to view our yacht charter itinerary along with our pontoon boat destinations. Look no further for a Fort Myers Yacht! We have two yachts to choose from for full day boat charters: A 45 foot Carver Voyager and a 58 foot Sea Ray. Check out our photo galleries to find the right boat for your vacation!

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