Sample Itinerary: 941-505-8687 | Gulf Island tours - private day tours
Five night yacht charter with limo service and several small boat tours
Day 1: Our Chrysler 300 Stretch Limo waits for you at Fort Myers or Sarasota at the airport! Drinks chilled in the limo and festive music is playing while we drive you to our yacht. Upon arrival at the marina, unload, relax a bit then walk across the street to Englewood Beach or browse 100 yards further down the street to check out he local pubs, & Tiki Bar's......several within easy walking distance! Eat, have a meal......then we gather your group up in our colorful double decker pontoon party barge "The H2O Limo" for a cruise to Stump Pass Beach for a 'Stars & Sandbars' Cruise under the moonlight! Phenomenal way to start your vacation. Come back to the yacht, shower, hang out in the flybridge and listen to the band playing at the White Elephant pub or get comfy in one of our plush beds with high quality linens, new Hulu Internet TV with free WiFi!
Day 2: As the Captain makes preparations - we will discuss adding one of our Carolina Skiffs to the yacht charter - easy tender to shore from the main vessel and perfect to do wildlife tours in the winding mangroves! We will cruise in yacht about three hours until we reach Captiva Island and the "Tween Waters Resort.' There, we can relax and use the resort amenites & beaches, etc. Wake up in the AM and spend the whole morning touring Captiva's Island beaches, maybe rent a golf cart if you want, or find a private beach spot and take a dip! Here, we will spread out our five person giant raft so we can pull it around with the skiff to where we want it.....maybe even do some fishing.
Day 3: After your morning swim, beach hike and brunch, time to leave Captiva and go to the island of Cayo Costa to watch the sunset then cruise over to Cabbage Key to eat in the restaurant there where Jimmy Buffet wrote cheeseburger in paradise. After this, might anchor in Pelican Bay for the night and do some night fishing and exploring mangroves with headlights while looking for the "sparkling dinoflagellates", a type of plankton that literally GLOWs IN THE WATER like millions of fireflies......a phenomenon called "Biolumenscence!" Truly, a must see! Next day, take a biking tour on Cayo Costa State Park on their awesome trails then come back to the yacht to relax and cook out on the grills and have a fabulous meal al fresco in the yacht's flybridge! If weather not great, we will see the areas then move back up to Gasparilla Island for the night's anchorage.
Day 3 - Next morning, Capt. Stuart take you out in the skiff to do some serious kind of fishing - maybe even go scuba diving & spear fishing (if you are a Padi Certified diver.) We can prepare your "fresh catches" and have a great lunch in the flybridge. That afternoon, we will likely dock at a place called "Uncle Henry's Marina" where you can take a scenic walk down a beautifull old railroad trestle there that's now a very long fishing pier. This is truly "Old Florida" at it's best! Untouched nature, lots and lots of different bird species, dolphins swimming everywhere, might even see some manatees! This is a very cool area to rent a golf cart to explore the island. They have a special "paved track" so you can see Boca Grande and experience the "luxurious casualness" of a really awesome small town. Many gourmet restaurants to choose from and lots of neat, cool & funky shops! Then back to the yacht for a night cap or perhaps do some night fishing.
Day 4 - Wake up and do some island hopping adventures on the skiff, maybe some fishing, depending on what is "running." Might luck up and find some places to snorkel or perhaps do some shelling - depending on the tides. That afternoon, we will move the yacht back over to another anchorage, this time behind Stump Pass State Park. There, you can spend the day on the most glorius and completely natural unspoiled beachs in all of Southwest Florida! Also there are hiking trails on Stump Pass that go all the way from the bay side to the beach side - breathtaking views, clear turquoise calm water! On calm days and with the right winds, the clarity of the water here rivals the Caribbean! From there, we watch the sunset then cruise back into our home port at Chadwicks Cove. There, in Chadwick Cove there is a huge outdoor kitchen, tables on the docks, outdoor flatscreen TV and a cozy firepit right on Lemon Bay. If that is too boring, walk down to the White Elephant or to Flounder's Tiki Bar and have a drink or hang out with the locals at Calico Jacks and shoot some pool!
Day 5 - Everyone begins to disembark and pack the limo for the ride back to the airport. Depending on your flight arrangement times, we can take you to see beautiful Blind Pass Beach on the way, wonderful photo ops and shelling! We can take a fabulous family photo here of the limousine and Gulf of Mexico in the background! This is one of the few areas left in all of Florida that you can ride down the street, right beside the Gulf! Also, there are neat jungle paths here to explore and enjoy nature. The next beach will be at the northern end of the island about 15 minutes more down the same road. At the end, you can check out Manasota Key Beach for as long as time allows. One island, four great beaches! The neatest part is the drive thru the overhanging jungle canopy that makes a natural tunnel.....very unique plus you get to pass by a few houses owned by movie stars and other famous celebrities! In fact, Donna Summer had a a mansion right here on Manasota Key.
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Posted by: 941-505-8687 - Gulf Island Tours - Florida Yacht Charter AT 09:45 pm
Many people and especially first time visitors to Southwest Florida wonder what good beaches are near Punta Gorda FL especially if they are staying in the North Port or Port Charlotte areas. The most common question is where the best beaches are near Punta Gorda and Englewood Florida has some of the best beaches (in the world) that most people do not even know about! The exciting news for people looking for things to do in Punta Gorda is that just over a few bridges from North Port and Port Charlotte, the community of Englewood - located on Manasota Key FL - has several absolutely fantastic beaches, all different, all very pristine "non-touristy off the beaten path" types of places that are great for shelling and on nice, calm days, offer some great snorkeling!
Englewood Beach - any visit to Punta Gorda should include a plan a for full day to visit Englewood Beach, just at the end of the bridge from the mainland (which is the closest beach to Punta Gorda.) There is lots of great parking here plus several restaurants and pubs right across the street. If you are looking for a boat rental or a boat tour, just walk a few hundred yards south on Gulf Blvd. to Gulf Island Tours located in Chadwick Cove Marina & Resort. You can either rent a boat or you can go on a boat tour to do a dolphin tour or to see a dramatic Florida sunset. Englewood Beach is closest beach to Punta Gorda because it is the most easily accessible by car and it has more amenities within walking distance!
Another great beach near Punta Gorda is Stump Pass Beach - the second most popular beach on Manasota Key, Florida. This area in Englewood, FL rivals even the clear, calm waters of the Caribbean! The clear turquoise waters here also contain a high level of "sparkling dinoflagellates" (think of fire flies in the water!) that come in with certain tides in the spring and summer. Though not a well known thing to do in Punta Gorda FL, it is a carefully guarded local secret that everyone should try to see at least once in their lifetime. Again, Gulf Island Tours is the best (and only!) way to experience the sparkling magic that happens after dark in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico (unless you happen to have a waterfront accommodation in this location and already know about this phenomenon!)
So - when looking for beaches near Punta Gorda FL, remember that Englewood Florida has four great beaches that are easily reached from Port Charlotte, North Port or Punta Gorda! Bookmark our blog at www.beachesnearpuntagorda.com for quick and easy access to our website!!!
Posted by: 941-505-8687 - Beaches Near Punta Gorda FL AT 12:29 am
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!