4 Awesome Days Sailing Charlotte Harbor
Hi there Take Me There sailing friends! We hope you are well and enjoying life. We just finished an amazing 4 days of sailing Charlotte Harbor, Florida and I’m excited to share some of the highlights of our trip. When I tell folks that we are on a four-day sail, they often ask how far we traveled. Did we go to Marco Island or the Keys? They are surprised when I tell them that we stayed in Charlotte Harbor for 4 days and thoroughly enjoyed sailing Charlotte Harbor.
Remember that just because you book a sailing trip, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you want to spend 8-10 hours each day sailing. It’s important to have destinations to enjoy and fun things to do that are close to home- that’s why we really enjoy sailing Charlotte Harbor. There is plenty to do in the area and beautiful things to see right here close to our home port of Burnt Store Marina in Punta Gorda.
So let’s take a look at the 4 awesome days we spent sailing Charlotte Harbor with a beautiful family of 6. It’s important to note that this family flew in from out of state and had not been to this area of SW Florida before. If you are from this area, you may take these sights for granted, but for those that are traveling from afar, these are some wonderful things to do while you are sailing Charlotte Harbor.
Day 1 of sailing Charlotte Harbor
After a very late flight the night before, the first thing on the agenda was sleeping in a bit in order to feel refreshed and ready to enjoy fun in the sun. It’s hard to enjoy a vacation when you’re tired, and the intensity of the Florida sun takes its toll on you, so it’s important to be well-rested and stay hydrated in order to enjoy sailing Charlotte Harbor. So after a good night’s rest and a breakfast of waffles with all the fixings, we arranged for a jet ski ride with our business partner Riptide Rentals. Riptide Rentals brought the jet skis to us, and after a thorough safety briefing, we jumped aboard Take Me There’s dinghy and escorted the teens out of the channel where they could enjoy some time letting loose in the harbor. Because Charlotte Harbor is 10 miles long and 10 miles wide, the open space is not only good for sailing Charlotte Harbor but also for jet skiing fishing, and just hanging out in the water by the islands.
After we said goodbye to Riptide Rentals, we readied the boat for sailing Charlotte Harbor. Our first destination was Fisherman’s Village. From Burnt Store Marina, this is about a 3.5-4 hour sail, making it the perfect amount of time to enjoy getting the sails up. With the music playing, and the food and drinks being served, everyone enjoyed a fun afternoon sailing Charlotte Harbor. We anchored just outside Fisherman’s Village and enjoyed a dinghy ride into the Village to enjoy the shops and the nightlife at the tiki bar.
Dinner onboard included fish tacos, citrus coleslaw and roasted corn salad. Since we were celebrating birthdays that weekend, each of the dinners was followed by a birthday cake. Take Me There enjoys our local businesses that help us provide exceptional service. All of our cakes and sweet treats come to us from the Publix bakery in Punta Gorda.
Day 2 of sailing Charlotte Harbor
After a breakfast of egg bites, homemade onboard following the Starbuck’s recipe, we set sail for Cayo Costa State Park. We love this area and sailing Charlotte Harbor would not be complete without a visit to Pelican Bay. Cayo Costa State Park is one of Florida’s 175 state parks and it is one that is only reachable by boat. If you do not have your own boat, you can get here by the ferry, but we think the best way of seeing this natural beauty is aboard Take Me There.
While anchored in Pelican Bay, we enjoyed taking the dinghy to see the manatees, kayaking to the island, and floating in the temperate waters. Take Me There carries all the toys onboard to enjoy time off the boat as much as time aboard sailing Charlotte Harbor.
After a dinner of kabobs on the grill (and another birthday cake) it was again time to break out the games. In addition to the water toys, Take Me There stocks a variety of games to play in the evenings for continued family fun. The game of choice on this trip was Cards Against Humanity (the family version!).
Day 3 of sailing Charlotte Harbor
After a breakfast of pastries, eggs, and sausage rolls- it was time to enjoy more of Cayo Costa State Park. There is so much to see and do at this park, one afternoon is just not enough. And when you are sailing Charlotte Harbor, we feel it’s important to enjoy places you visit and not feel like you have to pack up and sail each day. So day 3 was not a “travel” day but was just a relaxing day.
When it is not a travel day of sailing Charlotte Harbor, our guests can sleep in, have breakfast when they want, and each person can do what brings them joy. Some folks got up early to watch the sunrise, some got up just after sunrise to enjoy coffee on the deck, and others slept in a bit later to enjoy the importance of relaxing while on vacation. We love sailing Charlotte Harbor, but we also enjoy taking time to enjoy the sites in the area. Sailing is not always about sailing, but it’s about relishing the moments of joy while sailing Charlotte Harbor!
It was a beach day at Cayo Costa, so coolers were packed with drinks and backpacks were stuffed with snacks. A short dinghy ride from our boat to the dock gave our guests an opportunity to explore the island. It is a one-mile walk from the Pelican Bay side of the island to the Gulf of Mexico side. Swimming, shelling, and walking the beach was enjoyed by all. And then of course more time having fun in the water off the boat!
As I mentioned, we celebrated birthdays while this beautiful family was onboard with us for the sailing of Charlotte Harbor. In addition to birthdays, we also celebrated Easter while they were aboard! And what would Easter be without streaming church services and dying Easter eggs? And Easter would not be complete without a ham dinner, with homemade potato salad, deviled eggs, sweet and saucy baked beans, followed by watermelon and of course another birthday cake! (Take Me There is well equipped to stream services and has enough refrigeration for all of this amazing food!)
Day 4 of sailing Charlotte Harbor
This was the final day of sailing Charlotte Harbor for this family. Pelican Bay has some shallow areas and it’s important to watch the tides when planning a trip into or out of this area of Charlotte Harbor. We needed to be pulling anchor by 9 am. It was then a beautiful 3-hour trip back to Burnt Store Marina as we enjoyed the final day of sailing Charlotte Harbor.
When you are booking your trip of sailing Charlotte Harbor, it’s important to remember to think about how much sailing you would like to do, and how much sightseeing and activities you would like. Take Me There customizes our itineraries, so we are here to meet your needs and do what makes you happy. We will always make sure we have enough food and drinks aboard, and all the fun toys for you to enjoy your vacation. We are all about having fun and creating exceptional experiences! Just say TAKE ME THERE!
“At the beach, life is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour but mood to moment. We live by currents, plan by the tides, and follow the sun.” – Sandy Gingras, Writer & Illustrator