Whether you a boater, love fishing, enjoy nature walks and biking trails or looking for your beachfront bliss — it’s here!
Enjoy our amazing natural habitat – seeing tropical vegetation & wildlife — sandhill cranes, gentle blue herons, white egrets, pelicans gliding on gentle breezes and catch a glimpse of frolicking dolphins as well as the gentle manatees sneaking a peak out of the waterways. Southwest Florida delivers it!
Myakka River/Peace River/Charlotte Harbor:
On the southern side, the Myakka and Peace Rivers flow into Charlotte Harbor and deliver “old Florida” to you. Enjoy famous Snook Haven – a casual “must visit” eatery right on the Myakka River — kick back and enjoy the atmosphere or become part of the experience and canoe down the river.
Charlotte Harbor is expansive with easy access from Punta Gorda Isles, Port Charlotte, Gulf Cove and South Gulf Cove. Continue on to the Intracoastal Waterway leading south to Cayo Costa, Captiva, Sanibel & Useppa Islands. Make sure to stop into famous Cabbage Key and grab one of their famous hamburgers & a piece of key lime pie. (It’s rumored that Jimmy Buffett wrote his “Cheeseburger In Paradise” here!)
Whether you have your “sea legs” and can’t wait to climb on your boat to investigate the local & far reaching waters, or you’re a landlubber taking advantage of our multiple beaches & parks enjoying the water views, tropical waters with walking & bike paths– there is a plethora of choices! Make sure to hang around for sunset! It’s a “masterpiece” show every evening! See if you can see the “green flash” when the sun makes its final sizzling dunk into the Gulf waters!
Intracoastal Waterway/Lemon Bay/Gulf of Mexico:
Meander due west and you’ll find world-renowned Boca Grande Pass – the center of many tarpon fishing tournaments, with Gasparilla Island & the quaint, yet elegant, town of Boca Grande to the north and the tropical island of Cayo Costa (the island is a state park with the only type accommodations is camping) to the south. You can keep motoring (or sailing) your boat due West into the calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, or pull up to a sandy beach and “catch a few”… that could be fish, seashells and sand dollars, or lean back, listen to the soft lull of the gentle waves, feel the sun on your face, let the tropical breezes cool you and catch a few winks! It’s your choice – all of them are good options!
Don’t stop there – head north on the protected Intracoastal Waterway. You’ll glide by small mangrove islands, the perfect home of for coastal birds, including the famous “white” pelicans. Bordered by the mainland of Cape Haze on the right, you’ll pass Little Gasparilla Island, the state park of Don Pedro (you can turn into the mangrove bordered entrance, dock your boat and enjoy the boat accessible only beach – a great spot for shelling).
Stump Pass, another opening to the Gulf of Mexico, allows you to scoot out to do some Gulf sightseeing, or bring your fishing rod along to catch a few red snapper & grouper for dinner, or you pick the option to continue meandering up the Intracoastal toward Lemon Bay, Manasota Key and the Englewood area.
If you like bay fishing, there are quite a few little alcoves, cast your line and try to score a snook (a true claim to fame) or drop the anchor and enjoy a few adult beverages!
Continuing on north through Venice (known as the “shark tooth capital”) enjoy sightseeing while passing beautiful waterfront homes. Make sure to slide the boat up to stop for a frosty drink & snack at Pop’s Sunset Grill or the Crow’s Nest, conveniently located on the Intracoastal Waterway near the Venice Jetties — leading to the Gulf of Mexico. (Whether coming from land or sea, this is another “must see” location to watch our colorful sunsets!)
Keep going, there’s so much more to see!
Nokomis/Osprey/Casey Key/Siesta Key/Sarasota:
This is, truly, the spot to lazily cruise along. Whether glancing left or right, you’ll enjoy the “tour of homes” – each one unique with boating access. A must do cruise in heading up to Sarasota is to pull in and dock at Marina Jack’s, right near downtown Sarasota. This is a great spot for a lunch break while strolling through the marina checking out all the other boats – small ones, big ones and, even, bigger ones!
Whether you are a boater, want-to-be boater, love fishing or you like to your feet on dry land – Southwest Florida is amazing – truly delivering the best of the best!
Give us a call and let us know what fits YOUR dream!