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 http://www.whotours.com 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 www.TheGulfView.com for quick and easy access to our webite!