Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands is nestled along Florida’s Southwest Gulf Coast, between Sarasota and Naples, about 100 miles south of Tampa.
The area covers a diverse landscape of cities and towns. Choose from four island escapes: the barrier island community of Boca Grande; Palm Island, with its serene beaches accessible by ferry; secluded Don Pedro Island; and Little Gasparilla Island. For a small city experience, visit historic Punta Gorda, Englewood, or Port Charlotte. Picturesque and waterfront describe the towns of El Jobean; Manasota Key; Cape Haze; and Placida, a quaint fishing and arts village.
At 5 to 25 feet above sea level, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands enjoys a climate characterized as sub-tropic where extremes of temperature in both summer and winter are checked by the tempering influence of the Gulf of Mexico. Prevailing winds are an easterly average of 12 to 18 mph. The mild winter season lasts from January to March.
Numerous upland and aquatic preserve areas are yours to explore. Charlotte Harbor includes one of the world’s largest protected marine estuaries encompassing 270 square miles with 219 miles of natural shoreline. Its confluence of the Peace and Myakka rivers comprises some of the most vibrant coastal areas in the state and a unique network of barrier islands and mangrove forests.
In addition to the preserves, natural amenities include miles of beaches; more than 70 parks and preserves; and fishing, paddling and sailing. For athletes and sports fans, the area is home to 16 golf courses and numerous annual sporting events and recreational facilities. Cultural pursuits take the forms of visual arts, theater, dance and music, perfect complements to the area’s spas, dining and nightlife.
GoodTimes on the Water....
Internationally renowned as one of the top sport fishing destinations, Florida’s second largest open water estuary is formed by the blending of saltwater from the Gulf of Mexico and freshwater from the Peace and Myakka River. World famous fishing can be found right here in our Charlotte Harbor and you will be sure to catch such fish as sea trout, redfish, snook, shark, cobia, grouper or tarpon. Be sure to take pictures… we would love to post on our website what you catch!!!!
Need a fishing pole? Goodtimes has fishing poles available for $10 each a day. Also, please give us a call and we will give you a recommendation on where to obtain a fishing license.
Be sure to stop in at the Port O Call …right next door and they will be sure to hook you up with all the live bait you will need for a perfect day of fishing. (Also beer, soda, water and ice available for purchase as well)
Boating is a not just a hobby for us at Goodtimes, it is a way of life! We live in paradise here in Southwest Florida and we would love to share this with you. We know that once you experience a day out on the water, whether you stay in the Charlotte Harbor or venture out into the Gulf of Mexico… you will be hooked!!!
We at Goodtimes will make sure that you will experience a worry free, hassle free day. It’s as easy saying “Let’s Go”; we will be sure to give you the peace of mind that you will have everything you need from maps to lifejackets and you will have a safe and memorable time out on the water.
Goodtimes Boat Rental is conveniently located at the El Jobean public boat ramp next to Gulf Coast Marine and just minutes away from Englewood, Venice, North Port, Punta Gorda and Boca Grande.
Our crew looks forward to meeting you, just give us a call and choose your boat and away you go for “your” perfect day of boating!!!