Without a doubt, Charlotte and Sarasota counties have some of the most beautiful beaches in all of Florida that are only a short ride from Punta Gorda. In less than an hour, you can visit ten very beautiful and unique beaches near Punta Gorda Florida. Interestingly, some of these beaches actually have trees growing right on the beach so sometimes, an umbrella isn't always a necessity! Some of these specatcular Florida beaches have sand that is very white, fine "sugary" sand and others have "crushed up shells" that although feels a little more coarse, it is also a lot less sticky. The gorgeous clear blue green waters surround and define these beaches near Punta Gorda summing them up with one word - paradise! At Gulf Island Tours, we offer many ways to visit these areas, by both land and by sea. Book a boat charter for a delightful way to experience the best of all of Southwest Florida. Let us come and pick you and your group up in our Chrysler 300 Super Stretch Limousine or combine the limousine and the yacht by booking one of our 'Land & Sea' Packages!
Boca Grande Beach & Gasparilla Island State Park
Boca Grande has fantastic public beaches that are very close to Punta Gorda. Many of Gasparilla Island's beaches are compared to Caribbean and attract beach lovers from around the world. These beaches near Punta Gorda are noted for their light green waters, exquisite seashells and bleached-white sands. Here, you can often see the dolphins playing and jumping in the surf! While here, you definitely want to check out the famous Boca Grande Lighthouse and the Lighthouse Museum. Both feature an interesting look back at the rich history of Boca Grande and explain the original purpose for the construction of the lighthouse!
This pristine beach offers great amenities such as freshwater showers, picnic tables and grills but there are no concessions available or lifeguards on duty (so plan accordingly.) This beach is open from dawn until dusk though when seas are calm, make a great anchorage for a boat charter. The best fishing and shelling on the island is usually found at Gasparilla Island Southeast Public Beach. This area is definitely worth a visit along with the Armory Chapel which was one of the first churches built here. It has been lovingly restored by local residents and many functions are held there Oceanside.
Venice Beach/Venice Beach Jetties
Located on Venice Island just south of Sarasota along the Gulf of Mexico, Venice Beach is one of five beaches across the nation to receive the Best Restored Beaches Award in 2008! Here you will find a gorgeous large public beach well known for it’s glorious sunsets and view of the Gulf of Mexico. There is also a 700-foot pier which is a great location for fishing or to just relax and watch a dramatic Florida sunset. This fabulous beach near Punta Gorda offers free parking, concessions, lifeguards, restrooms, boardwalks, benches, volleyball courts, picnic tables and showers. This area is a world renowned place to find sharks teeth and other fossilized material. For scuba divers, there is a coral reef located approximately one-quarter mile offshore.
A favorite beach for many, we like to pull up by boat to enjoy what locals enjoy year-round. However, this is a popular limousine destination day and night!
Nokomis Beach/Casey Key
One of the best beaches near Punta Gorda is Nokomis Beach on Casey Key in Venice. You won't find any high rises or chain hotels here! This beach near Punta Gorda is "old Florida" at its best. There you will see a very quaint collection of inns only a short stroll away from the public beach access along with marina rentals. On the way there, you will notice a lush canopy of tropical trees along a the winding Gulf-front street as well as some of Sarasota's most luxurious homes. Nokomis Beach also has a great boardwalk, lifeguards, food concessions plus restrooms, picnic tables and showers.
Last but not least, Caspersen Beach is the longest beach in Sarasota County. This lovely beach is somewhat secluded and has been left in its natural state,uncultivated and windswept! This is a fantastic area to look for pre-historic Megaladon shark’s teeth and to do some serious shelling. Boomark this blog at www.BeachesNearPuntaGordaFL.com for quick and easy access to our website. Let the professionals at Gulf Island Tours show you the best beaches near Punta Gorda and treat you like royalty. No more lugging all that stuff to the beach! Our Land & Sea Package is without a doubt the best way to experience Southwest Florida and all the great beaches near Punta Gorda Florida.