Charolotte Harbor Guide

To accompany Craig Ligibel's "Postcard from SW Florida's Charlotte Harbor--Rx for the Winter Blahs" in the March 2017 issue of SpinSheet, here's our Charlotte Harbor Guide.

Charter companies:

SW Florida Yachts. Good selection of trawlers and monohulls.  Barb Hansen. 239-656-1339. www.swfyachts.com

FantaSea Sailing. 43-Endeavor ketch. Day sails and some overnights. Captain Paul. 888-582-9046. www.fantaseasailing.com

Alondra. 47-foot Herreshoff-designed wooden ketch. Captain Chuck.  239-410-2852. http://pineislandsailing.com

Four Winds Marina, Bokeelia, FL . Janette. Small power boats. 239-283-0250. http://fourwindsmarina.com 

Accomodations:

Tarpon Lodge and Inn, Pine Island.  Great base from which to explore. Rob Wells. 239-283-3999. www.tarponlodge.com

Cabbage Key, Marker 60, Intercoastal Waterway. Can’t beat the location. 239-283-278. www.cabbagekey.com

Useppa Island Club. Pine Island Sound. Collier Inn or condos. 239-283-1061. www.useppa.com

South Seas Plantation. Captiva Island. Plenty of options.239-472-5111. www.SouthSeas.com

Sightseeing

Captain Jack Tours. Captain Jack. Dolphin watching. Beach tours. 239-227-9886.  www.captainjackboattours.com

Fishing:

Yellow Tales Fishing, Captain Travis Murphy, 239-340-3468; [email protected]

Kayak rental

Carmen’s Kayaks. Carmen Driscoll. 239-333-7332. http://kayaktreks.com

Attractions:

Useppa Island Historical Society. Only accessible if you are staying on-island.. 239-283-9600. http://useppahs.org

Randell Research Center. Pineland, Learn about the Calusa Indians. 239-283-2062. http://flmnh.ufl.edu/rrc

Cayo Costa State Park. Pristine beaches. https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Cayo-Costa

Dining:

Cabbage Key. Marker 60, Intercoastal Waterwy. “Cheeseburger in Paradise.” 239-283-278. www.cabbagekey.com

Tarpon Lodge. Pineland, FL. Try the corn chowder. 239-283-3999. www.tarponlodge.com

Pink Flamingo. Bokeelia, FL. Great smoked mullet dip. 239-283-5959. www.lazyflamingo.com

The Pink Elephant. Boca Grande, FL. See and be seen. 941-964-0100. http://the-gasparilla-inn.com

The Temptation. Boca Grande. A true Old Florida eatery.  941-964-2616.

Nav-A-Gator. Arcadia, FL. 941-627FISH. Fried Twinkies and Reuban sandwich are big sellers. http://nav-a-gator.com

Own your own piece of paradise:

            The Useppa People. Brian McColgan. 239-283-0230. http://[email protected]