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Beaches near Punta Gorda

Old 04-22-2019, 07:34 PM
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Default Beaches near Punta Gorda

Gonna more than likely be moving to Punta Gorda next July , just wondering what beaches we could go to by car that are not to far and touristy, we are here in Florida now and went to fort Meyers beach and it was to far and crowded, any ideas guys and gals? Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-22-2019, 07:46 PM
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Englewood Beach. Probably the closest to Punta Gorda.
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you are looking at the beach on one of the busiest weekends - Easter. I wouldn't use that as my final gauge of what beaches will look like 365 days a year. Up by me, Anna Maria Island is a zoo from Jan - Easter; ghost town in the summer.
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Old 04-23-2019, 05:09 AM
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Boca Grande ,Englewood,all along the coast
the best though are accessible by boat only
cay costa being our favorite
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Old 04-23-2019, 05:12 AM
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Default Thanks guys

thanks guys, we will check out engelwood and others mentioned, we will have a boat but just looking for one that we can get in the car and go also, we weren’t judging ft Myers for the crowds but more for the distance and time to get there.
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Old 04-23-2019, 06:10 AM
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By boat Cayo Costa
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Old 04-23-2019, 06:19 AM
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Boca Grande. Be mindful where you park. South Beach restaurant is a great place to grab a drink and watch the sunset.
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My favorite beach when visiting my family in Punta Gorda was Delnor Wiggins State Park down at Naples/Bonita Springs. Nice bathrooms, scattered out parking, lots of shade. Next is Boca Grande down at the Range Light. It costs money to cross the bridge to get to Boca so that keeps the riff raff out! Go early even out of season or there won't be a place to park. Limited parking keeps the crowds down. I have a condo now on Manasota Key so those are my go to's now. Our beach is very eroded but starting in November we're paying to pump it back. If Englewood parking lot is full keep going north to Blind Pass/Middle Beach. Englewood/Manasota Key is going to be the least touristy and least stuck up.

Once you have your boat then Cayo Costa and Don Padre would be your best bet for no crowds.

Really it depends on the weather. I use to get up and check the radar/weather then decide if going north or south. It might be cloudy up at Middle Beach but 5/10 degrees warmer and sunny down at Naples. Lots of cold/cool fronts get hung up around Sarasota or so but 1/2 hour or hour south weather would be very nice.


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Sanibel beach would be on my list, Captiva takes a good ride on the island to get there, I agree Fort Myers reminded me of Wild-wood NJ beach...
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Sanibel is the "$6 difference". Completely different world compared to FMB. I avoid Fort Myers Beach all together during most times of the year, and it's right down the street from me. Sanibel in the summer is pretty empty and a beautiful place.
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Manasota Key........ssssshhhhhhh....
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Old 04-23-2019, 01:50 PM
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Manasota Key........ssssshhhhhhh....
Yep middle beach on Manasota key is pretty quiet most of the time. Boca Grande is another good option because many do not want to pay the toll to cross the bridge, just look up the public beach access locations. Those two are probably your best options to have a quiet day at the beach. Englewood beach can get busy IMO. I also recommend buying a yearly parking pass from Charlotte county to avoid dealing with the parking meters, it's only about $50 and will pay for itself in the long run if you frequent beaches & boat ramps.
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That's the thing with Punta Gorda. If you are driving to the beach, you are going to have a drive quite a distance (45min-1hr) regardless of where you go. Cayo Costa is about 18 miles by boat and that is across charlotte harbor which is a fairly open body of water. Punta gorda might not be the best place to live if you like going to the beach in my honest opinion.
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Old 04-23-2019, 06:41 PM
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you guys are the best, we will check out all the options you guys gave us, I guess most of our beaching is gonna be by boat, but boca grande, and those other options are gonna be looked at closely, you guys are the best.
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Used to live in PGI. Sixstring summed it up exactly. You have no beaches near you for less than a 1 hour drive. You take the boat and head south along the West Wall until you get to Boca Grande Pass. Down at the bottom of the pass it will be like a washing machine as you have 3 bodies of water converging in the same place. The run from PGI down to BGP is anywhere from 25-35 minutes depending on conditions. We tried driving to the beach once, and quickly learned that it was MUCH better to go by boat.

Since you’re taking your boat, stop off at Cabbage Key and have the $100 hamburger (that’s about what it costs by the time you pay for the boat and fuel). It’s actually a beautiful area and we would go with our boat every chance we got. “It’s why we live here” was our favorite expression.
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