Another question for you boating Realtors out there: what beaches are accessible to boaters from Punta Gorda?

Asked by Sonia Johnson, Ipswich, MA Sat Dec 29, 2012

In other words which are legal to anchor off of and bring your chairs & bags to shore?

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Randy and Vi…, Agent, Punta Gorda, FL
Tue Jun 10, 2014
The nearest beaches by boat from Punta Gorda are going to be Cayo Costa, Boca Grande or Englewood beach in that order.
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Jim Quinn, Agent, Punta Gorda, FL
Mon Dec 31, 2012

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.

Jim Quinn
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Tammy Hayes, Agent, Port Charlotte, FL
Sun Dec 30, 2012
Island places like Sanibel Island, Captiva Island, Boca Grande, Little Gasparilla Island, Cabbage Key, Useppa, Pine Island Sound, Cape Haze, Cayo Costa, Lemon Bay and Redfish Pass are a day trip from any dock in Punta Gorda or Port Charlotte.

Tammy Hayes, Realtor
Green Lion Realty
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James Mullig…, Agent, Port Charlotte, FL
Sun Dec 30, 2012

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 (, 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: where you can search listings on a map or by features and read her blog about local boating and sailing.

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Cady Rowe, Agent, Punta Gorda, FL
Sat Dec 29, 2012
Hi Sonia,

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

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Thank you for your information! That sounds like a long boat ride. Are there other closer beaches that might not be as nice? Or where do people in that area go if they only have a 3-4 hrs to be out?

Love our clams as well! Although fortunately you can only eat fried clams so often. : )
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Samuel Sande…, Agent, Punta Gorda, FL
Sat Dec 29, 2012
Sonia -

most, of the gulf beaches are able to be accessed from the water in the manner you have described.

Good Luck!! Happy New Year.

If we can help, let us know -

Sam Sanders
Coldwell Banker Morris Realty
941 637-1090 office
941 979-7391 Cell
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Phyllis Koch, Agent, Punta Gorda, FL
Sat Dec 29, 2012
A popular trip is to boat down the harbor and anchor in the shallow water on the bay side of Cayo Costa State Park. It is just inside the opening to the Gulf. Then you can swim there, or go over to the Gulf side. See Enjoy! PHYLLIS@MyFloridaHome.Info
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Sounds amazing!!! Especially with the snow piling up here! Thank you for sharing!
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