Notices
Like Tree9Likes
  • 3 Post By catch up
  • 2 Post By raysmith
  • 1 Post By triumphrick
  • 1 Post By lurker25
  • 2 Post By Sixstring

Beaches near Punta Gorda

Old 04-22-2019, 07:34 PM
  #1  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location:
Posts: 513
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.
carl Skinzo
offracing is offline  
Old 04-22-2019, 07:46 PM
  #2  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Florida
Posts: 516
Default

Englewood Beach. Probably the closest to Punta Gorda.
catch up is offline  
Old 04-23-2019, 03:02 AM
  #3  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Terra Ceia Island FL.
Posts: 1,175
Default

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.
tcijoe is offline  
Old 04-23-2019, 05:09 AM
  #4  
Admirals ClubCaptains Club Member Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Port Charlotte
Posts: 1,134
Default

Boca Grande ,Englewood,all along the coast
the best though are accessible by boat only
cay costa being our favorite
casco_schooner and Chimpo like this.
raysmith is offline  
Old 04-23-2019, 05:12 AM
  #5  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location:
Posts: 513
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.
carl Skinzo
offracing is offline  
Old 04-23-2019, 06:10 AM
  #6  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Winchestertonfieldville
Posts: 285
Default

By boat Cayo Costa
Bigfish416 is offline  
Old 04-23-2019, 06:19 AM
  #7  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: United States
Posts: 591
Default

Boca Grande. Be mindful where you park. South Beach restaurant is a great place to grab a drink and watch the sunset.
MuddyMO is offline  
Old 04-23-2019, 07:00 AM
  #8  
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Bloomington, IL & Manasota Key, FL
Posts: 63
Default

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.

Welcome,

Sidney
Sidney64 is offline  
Old 04-23-2019, 07:10 AM
  #9  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location:
Posts: 2,400
Default

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...
marlinmike is offline  
Old 04-23-2019, 07:54 AM
  #10  
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Posts: 36
Default

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.
BacknBlue is offline  
Old 04-23-2019, 08:35 AM
  #11  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
THT sponsor
 
triumphrick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Masaryktown, Fla.
Posts: 17,520
Default

Manasota Key........ssssshhhhhhh....
Chimpo likes this.
triumphrick is offline  
Old 04-23-2019, 01:50 PM
  #12  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 998
Default

Originally Posted by triumphrick View Post
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.
mwp135 likes this.
lurker25 is offline  
Old 04-23-2019, 05:59 PM
  #13  
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Venice, FL
Posts: 58
Default

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.
tcpip95 and willw like this.
Sixstring is offline  
Old 04-23-2019, 06:41 PM
  #14  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location:
Posts: 513
Default The best

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.
carl Skinzo
offracing is offline  
Old 04-23-2019, 07:20 PM
  #15  
Senior Member
 
tcpip95's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Fort Myers, FL
Posts: 2,222
Default

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.
tcpip95 is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread