There are plenty of options to choose from. Cayo Costa is probably the place with the widest expanse of beach to drop an anchor and spend the day on the beach. Most of the island is undeveloped land owned by the state. My wife and I have often made plans with a group of friends to meet out at the island for the day. Everyone brings a cooler with food and drink, and someone brings a grill. It is immediately adjacent to Boca Grande Pass, so its easy to get to. Also, you can anchor off the gulf or intercoastal side depending upon how the winds are blowing. Another option that we enjoy is Don Pedro Island which is just off the intracoastal north of Boca Grande Pass. You enter from the intracoastal through a narrow channel in the mangroves into a peaceful lagoon. Docks are available for a minimal fee on a first come basis. There is a nice picnic pavillion and bath facilities. Other options to the south are North Captiva Island, Captiva Island, and Sanibel Island. To the north, you can stop along Boca Grande, Stump Pass or Englewood Beach. Feel free to call me anytime at 941-457-1380 if you would like to discuss the area.
Tammy Hayes, Realtor
Green Lion Realty
There are a number of secluded, sandy beaches accessible to boaters throughout Charlotte Harbor, all depending upon the draft of your boat. I have sailed to Cayo Costa and Gasparilla (Boca Grande) where there is access to deeper draft boats. When I had my shallow draft trimaran, I could skim into some quite shallow water and get to beaches where others would not venture.
My associate, Debra Mann (firstname.lastname@example.org, 941-626-0744) and her husband Cliff have a great deal of experience boating throughout the harbor and the gulf islands. Give her a call or visit her webpage: http://puntagorda.suncoasteam.com where you can search listings on a map or by features and read her blog about local boating and sailing.
Our Charlotte Harbor is mainly lined by mangroves, which help keep our Harbor pristine. From Punta Gorda, the best beaches by boat are the barrier island of Cayo Costa, a little over 20 miles from Ponce Inlet in PGI. The island has both interior access with a tremendous anchorage (Pelican Bay) and good anchoring on the Gulf side with very few people. The interior access is through the Ranger station (State Park) with great dockage for good size boats and a great dingy dock. (they also added kayak rentals last year)...nice to go visit the manatee hole not far away.
P.S. Ipswich clams are the best!
Cady Rowe, Realtor
RE/MAX Harbor Realty
1133 Bal Harbor Blvd. STE# 1129
Punta Gorda, Florida 33950
most, of the gulf beaches are able to be accessed from the water in the manner you have described.
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