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April 2, 2024

Spring Break Guide

Have a Relaxing Beach Day

Boca Grande Beach

Looking for a beach out of a postcard? The photo above is taken at one of my favorite local spots. Boca Grande Range Lighthouse Beach (you can put this right into google maps). Park and pay and follow the path down to the water, you will walk out on to one of the best kept secrets in Southwest Florida. This "locals only" spot isn't known by many. Making for a peaceful beach trip. Stop into town on your way out for lunch and shopping! You can rent golf carts and stop on Banyon street for a photo under their famous backdrop 100 year old + Banyan trees!


Brunch or Dinner at Leroys Southern Kitchen 

Located in Downtown Punta Gorda Florida.  I discovered this place when a local blogger shared her experience on Facebook. I am a food LOVER and this place was calling my name. High quality southern style food.  We tried brunch first (Sunday's ONLY) and were instantly hooked. Delicious fresh ingredients and great atmosphere.  Live bands multiple nights a week and an amazing bourbon selection.  We often sit at the window (pictured above) and enjoy dinner and drinks after a long day!  Check out their menu online 


Book a local fishing charter 

Goliath Grouper

A great way to get to know the area and out waters is to book a local fishing guide. Our area is known for many different kinds of fishing. Inshore, offshore, tarpon and sharks. We have a little bit of everything! In the video above I assist my husband with his charter guests, they hook and land a Goliath Grouper. The fish is safely released after a few quick photos. Ready to catch yours? 


Go for a trail ride 

Bit of Hope Ranch is a horse rescue and training facility located in Englewood Florida.  They offer private group trail rides though the Florida wilderness. It's a fun and relaxing weekend adventure, no experience necessary!  Check out their Facebook page for more information. 



Paddle board & Kayak Tours 


Looking for fun in the sun exploring the beaches and intercostal waterways of Southwest Florida?  Nothing gets you closer to nature than a kayak or paddle board tour! Companies like SUP Englewood are professionals at showing you around and getting you up close and personal to dolphins, manatees, starfish and more! 


TT's Tiki Bar on Charlotte Harbor

This is a great place to watch the sunset and catch up with friends. Tiki on Charlotte Harbor is located at the base of The Four Points by Sheraton in Punta Gorda Florida. They the have some of the best views and drinks around! Check out their website for more information & events! 


Shopping Downtown Punta Gorda 

With so many options it's a blast to spend an afternoon shopping downtown!  Local boutiques and services all in one place! Fishermans Village is a short distance away as well.  The shops are beautiful and air conditioned with unique items you wont find anywhere else. They also have seasonal and weekly rentals available. Check out their website for further information and events! 

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April 2, 2024

Local Golf Courses

Golf Clubs South West Florida

Avid golfers or beginners, there is a course for everyone. Private and public courses featuring challenging greens and breathtaking Florida views. 

Situated in gorgeous communities and natural wetlands. Florida courses are one of a kind. We have gathered a list of the most popular courses in the area. 

Click each location to be directed to their website for full information on each course. 





St. Andrews South Golf Club
1901 Deborah Dr | Punta Gorda, FL 33950 | (941)639-8353
This 6106 yard, par 71 course is situated in the heart of Punta Gorda Isles, our largest waterfront development. Its 15 lakes and 48 sand bunkers provide a challenge for all golfers. Their dining room offers a luncheon menu and dinners for organized events. St. Andrews limits their members to fewer than 300 hundred and offers very affordable membership packages.

Twin Isles Country Club 
301 Madrid Blvd | Punta Gorda, FL 33950 | (941)637-1232
Situated on 180 acres in prestigious Burnt Store Isles, this is one of Charlotte Countiess premier country clubs. This par 72,6722 yards, 18 - hole course provides a challenge for both the low and high handicap golfer. You can join Twin Isles as a golf, tennis or social member. They offer a top-notch formal dining room as well as a casual lounge. The club is the perfect spot for entertaining visitors or relaxing after one of their many


Burnt Store Marina Country Club -
5000 Burnt Store Rd | Punta Gorda, FL 33955 | (941)637-1577
This is an Executive Style semi-private golf course that offers a mix of par 3

and par 4 holes. It is a 27 hole, 3959 yard course that meanders through the exclusive gated community of Burnt Store Marina. Don't let the shorter yardage fool you, most every hole offers a challenge of water and sand. It can humble even the low handicap golfer. Duffys is a restaurant at the course that offers breakfast and lunch or in a short drive you may opt for lunch or dinner at Cass Kay, a casual dining restaurant that overlooks the beautiful marina. 


Kingsway Country Club - 
13625 SW Kingsway Cir | Lake Suzy, Florida 34269 | (941)625-8898
This is a private country club that offers a championship, par 72, 18 hole golf course. Ron Carl, Kingsway's original architect, was recently hired to renovate and improve the course. There are now 5 sets of tees, ranging from 5100 yards to over 7100 yards, providing an enjoyable experience regardless of age or skill level. Kingsway's greens were voted the best in southwest Florida by the Southwest Florida Seniors Association. If activities are what you're looking for, Kingsway offers golf, tennis, a fitness center, Garden Club,Book Club, Red Hat Club, card groups (Bridge, Gin &Poker), plus a beautiful new Clubhouse & Pro Shop.


Seminole Lakes Country Club - 
26200 Stillwater Cir | Punta Gorda, FL 33950 | (941)639-5440
Seminole Lakes is a newer, gated community located in Punta Gorda. The 18 hole,

par 62 golf course is a semi-private course that does not require dues or a monthly food minimum from its members. They also offer tennis, fitness center, dining room, pool and a poolside bar.

Deep Creek Golf Club - 
1260 San Cristobal Avenue | Port Charlotte, FL 33983 | (941)625-6911
This semi-private course is located 2 miles off I-75 in Port Charlotte. The challenging Mark

McCumber designed layout is an 18 hole, par 70 course featuring 6045 yards, 35 bunkers and 10 lakes. Don't let the par 70 fool you. This course is uniquely designed to challenge your course management skills. Deep Creek Golf Club offers a full Pro Shop with a new Clubhouse under way.


Riverwood Golf Club - 
4100 Riverwood Dr | Port Charlotte, FL 33953 | (941)764-6661
This southwest Florida golf course is truly unique as a result of its design features, natural

beauty and varying challenges. It was rated 4 1/2 stars by Golf Digest. The front nine of this Gene Bates designed,par 72 championship golf course flows through heavily wooded terrain, rich in stands of natural pine. The back nine meanders amid salt marsh and wetlands. Surrounded by lush landscaping and native vegetation, each hole is a challenge, taking advantage of its natural setting. Par is achievable so that the result of a days play is satisfaction and enjoyment. 



Bobcat Trail Golf Club-
1350 Bobcat Trail | North Port, Florida 34286 | (941)429-0500
One of southwest Florida's finest public courses. Bobcat Trail is rated by Golf Digest as a "must play 4 star course and one of Florida's top 30 public courses". In its 2003 Places to Play publication. The 6748 yards, par 71 course was designed by former Canadian Open and PGA Champion, Bob Tway, and architect Lee Singletary. It is a rewarding challenge for players of all skill levels.

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April 2, 2024

Local Boat Ramps

Ready for a FUN time on the water?! In this article I share a few favorite local boat ramps, and marinas that offer slips for longer stays or daily rates for weekend adventures! 



Boca Grande/ Placida


Eldrids Marina

6301 Boca Grande Causeway, Rotonda West, FL 33947


Driving by this location at the foot of the Boca Grande toll booth, it doesn't look like much. If you aren't careful you will drive right by it. Its a ONE stop shop! Launch your vessel for the day or park and take the water taxi over to Little Gasparilla. Forget snacks?! No problem, they have a small store filled with everything you might need for a day on the water or the beach. Fast access to BLUE water and the Gulf of Mexico! Parking is $6 for a car or $8 if you are launching a vessel. They also have a greenhouse FILLED with gorgeous Orchids for about $25 a piece. Restroom available at this location.


Placida Park

6499 Gasparilla Rd, Placida, FL 33946


Placida park has boat and kayak launches and is open to the public 24/7 and is operated by a pay per hour station in the parking lot. It accepts cash or credit. You can also obtain a yearly pass for this park though the county for around $50, last I checked. This pass is good at nearly ALL local parks and boat launches in Charlotte county, if you are a frequent user it could save you a substantial amount. This park also gives you FAST access to Englewood and Stump Pass as well as the Gulf of Mexico and Gasparilla Sound. There are also restrooms at this location. 


Port Charlotte & Punta Gorda


Port Charlotte Beach Park 

4500 Harbor Blvd, Port Charlotee FL


This park has a little of everything. Including a boat & kayak launch, fishing pier , tennis courts and a number of other amenities. Great for families with kids as there are a number of beautiful parks and a beach area to relax. It is a pay by the hour to park facility so make sure to stop at a pay station on your way in. This location gives you fast access to Charlotte harbor and the peace river. Restroom available at this location. 


El Jobean Boat Ramp

4224 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte FL 


No thrills, pay to park by the hour and launch your boat or kayak. Quick access to the Myakka River and Charlotte Harbor. Restrooms available at this location


Spring Lake Park 

3520 Lakeview Blvd, Port Charlotte FL


Offering a boat and kayak launch, picnic tables and fishing pier. This park is conveniently located off Edgewater drive in Port Charlotte. It is a pay to park by hour facility if you do not obtain the county's yearly pass. This ramp is less busy than others and is perfect for exploring local canals or spending the day on the harbor. There are Restrooms available at this location. 


Lashley Marina 

120 Laishley Court, Punta Gorda, FL 33950

Located at the base of the 41 bridge in downtown Punta Gorda. Parking is FREE as is the use of the boat ramp. Need some gear or bait? They have a wonderful tackle shop a few feet away from the boat launch, Downtown Bait and Tackle. Fast access to the peace river, and Fishermans village in this location! Interested in an overnight slip? The marina on site offers per foot rates for those weekend trips. 


Burnt Store Marina

3192 Matecumbe Key Rd Punta Gorda, Florida 33955


Burnt Store Marina is every boater’s dream. Located on Charlotte Harbor, ranked one of the top ten places to sail by Sail magazine, the exit the channel and you are just 10 miles to the Gulf of Mexico and Boca Grande Pass. Launching daily? Boaters enter though the gated community. 


Boat launch ONLY membership does require a yearly fee. Other membership options are available as well. Contact the office for pricing and more information. At their boat launch they offer a filet table and water available to rinse down your boat and motor after your trip. They offer dry, wet and rack storage at this location. Fuel and bait also available daily. Watch out for manatees here, its one of their favorite places to relax! 


Hungry after a long day on the water? Stop by Case Cay, open to the public and specializing in Steak and Seafood, at Cass Cay Restaurant & Grill you’ll be treated to an extraordinary waterfront dining experience. Open at 11 AM daily.






Click on any marina names to be directed to their website for further information 

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July 31, 2017

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