Local Hot Spots

Port Charlotte is know for the beautiful waterway and great fun. Be sure to visit all of the hot spots after you get off the water.

Below is a list of our favorites!

Cabbage Key at Pine Island Sound, is just 23 miles from our marina and less than an hour away. This exclusive getaway is a step back in time and just the place you may be looking for. Enjoy a day of fishing, dining, nature trails, beaches and much more… Cabbage Key is only accessible by boat and will guarantee you a day of relaxation or a fun afternoon having lunch at their famous Dollar Bill Bar and Restaurant.  And if you’re looking to spend the weekend away, Goodtimes can get there; we will be happy to provide you with transportation to and from the island. Please give us a call for more information.

Boca Grande or Spanish for “Big Mouth” is the mouth of the waterway at Gasparilla Island.  World renowned for its sport fishing… you should be sure to catch such fish as sea trout, redfish, snook, shark, cobia, grouper or tarpon.  Also known for its sugar sand beaches and the backdrop for movies such as Out of Time and Hoot, Boca Grande offers a perfect afternoon for a family picnic on the beach, fishing and snorkeling. While there, be sure to check out the beautiful Banyan trees and unique Lighthouse.

Fisherman’s Village at Punta Gorda is just a quick trip by boat where you will find a waterfront mall, marina and shopping. The village offers you many boutiques, shops, live entertainment and several restaurants where you will enjoy a spectacular view and experience the Florida lifestyle.   Open 10-6 Monday – Saturday and 12 -5 on Sunday.

Nav-A-Gator on the Peace River is located at the Desoto Marina and is surely to be an experience you wont forget.   Hungry?  Head on over to the grill and enjoy some live entertainment. Nav-A-Gator was voted the best place to listen to “Trop Rock” music.  Also a fun place to see nature up close and personal by renting one of their cozy cottages for a great escape.  Be sure to check out the Pioneer Village, Museum and gift shop; they also offer a ship’s store where you can get bait and tackle or takeout food for your day of fishing.

Cayo Costa State Park: With nine miles of beautiful beaches and acres of pine forests, oak-palm hammocks and mangrove swamps, this barrier island park is a Gulf Coast paradise. Cayo Costa is accessible only by private boat or ferry. Visitors may see manatees and pods of dolphins in the waters around the 2,426 acre park, as well as a spectacular assortment of birds. On the island, visitors can swim or snorkel in the surf, enjoy the sun and picnic in the shade. Keep your eyes peeled as you stroll along the beach, especially during the winter months. The nature trails that crisscross the island provide opportunities for hiking and off-road bicycling. Saltwater anglers can fish from their boats or throw a line out into the surf. An amphitheater provides educational programs about the island’s ecology and history. For overnight stays, the park offers primitive cabins and tent camping.  Coming soon Goodtimes will be happy to provide you with transportation to and from the island if you wish to stay overnight. Please give us a call for more information.