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Boating Charlotte Harbor SW Florida

Updated on December 12, 2018
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Al and Di own a 27' Boston Whaler and explore the Gulf Coast from Clearwater to Bonita Springs Florida.

SW Florida's Boating Paradise

Port Charlotte - SW Florida's Boating Paradise
Port Charlotte - SW Florida's Boating Paradise | Source

Waterfront Restaurants Galore!

There are many easily accessible waterfront restaurants for boaters in and near Gaspirilla Sount / Charlotte Harbor. A few of our favorites include the Village Fish Market & Restaurant, Scotty's Brewhouse and Harpoon Harry's - all at Fishermans Village in Punta Gorda. Laishley Crab House is also in Port Charlotte harbor on the Punta Gorda side and just a bit west of the bridge. For those with a draft of under 3', head up the Peace river to Nav-A-Gator restaurant. Now that a trip that takes some navigation skills and not for the feint of heart!

Slightly south of Port Charlotte is the Cas Cay Restaurant and Bar at Burnt Store Marina.

Fisherman's Village, Punta Gorda, Fl

Harpoon Harry's Restaurant and Sports Bar, Scotty's Brewhouse and Village Fish Market & Restaurant

All three of these restaurants are accessible from the public dock along North and West side of the village. It can be a bit crowded at lunch time during the weekends as it is a favorite cruise destination for locals. The weekend we were there a sister city boat club was visiting so while we couldn't dock for lunch, the "boat show" was worth the visit. We viewed many 3 and 4 engine performance cruisers with fantastic paint jobs and graphics. The food at all three places is fantastic.

Harpoon Harry's Restaurant and Sports Bar. Casual dining with a wonderful northerly view of the Harbor. This restaurant has direct access to the dock. There are multiple bars and one sits right at waterside. The staff is always friendly and service is quick. We particularly like the stuffed grouper and hush puppies at Harpoon Harry's!

Scotty's and the Village Fish Market & Restaurant both share a court yard on the western side of the waterfront village. The sunsets from the courtyard seating are spectacular. Most afternoons have live classic rock or beach music.

Scotty's Brewhouse has typical bar food fare. Again, the service is friendly and quick. Outside seating is limited so expect to wait a bit during season. This place has great burgers and generally has a special running. Our favorites include the pork tacos and fries! They also make a pretty good margarita!

The Village Fish Market & Restaurant has the largest selection of fresh fish. The service here has been exceptional and the food delicious! We love ordering the Fisherman's Platter where you can mix and match items for your custom feast! You will definitely want to try the New England Clam Chowder! it's as good as the chowder from the Lobster Pot restaurant in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Also try the jalapeno corn bread. I'ts not too spicy and definitely addicting!

There is a fourth restaurant in Fisherman's Village called the Captains Table. It's a bit more formal environment and quite frankly, we have never been there! We live in South West Florida for a reason, we love the casual environment. Some of the same meals are served at Harpoon Harry's (Like the stuffed grouper) but for a steeper price.

Fuel is available in the southwest corner of the Marina.

Laishley Crab House

The owners of Laishley Crab House also own Harpoon Harry's and the Captains Table in Fisherman's Village. But don't let that stop you from visiting this great restaurant! There is not a bad seat in the outside dining area. Most of the boats you see are monthly slip rentals but you can park your boat along the eastern side of the harbor and walk to Laishley Crab House Restaurant.

This restaurant has my favorite view because it's from the second story and the view is of the boat filled harbor.

The food here is also delicious! My favorite is the Blackened Scallop salad. You can't go wrong with the Lemon Pepper Shrimp and Scallops either. If you're in the mood, check out the sushi menu. It's pretty good sushi and fresh. Try the smoked salmon, salmon, tuna or yellow fin tuna for great flavor.

Laishley Crab House, Punta Gorda, FL

Casa Cay Restaurant and Bar in Burnt Store Marina

Cass Cay Restaurant and Bar is a fun trip and worth the visit. If your coming up from Ft Myers or heading to Ft Myers, its a quick zip in and a pretty good lunch. It's south of Punta Gordayby about 15 miles the but still in the Gasparilla Sound / Port Charlotte area and is located in the Burnt Store Marina. Plenty of dock space here with live music many afternoons.It's a safe harbor if the weather turns on you and they have fuel.

The food Delicious. The service has been good all but one time. We had a server that was obviously too busy and the service of the time but we did not live up to it's promise. They were quite busy and understaffed so we just wrote it off as an anomaly and still stop there.

Try the shrimp tacos or the Backend Fish Sandwich. Both were very good. We also enjoy the Cobb Salad and the Wings.

Nav-A-Gator Grill at the DeSoto Marina

The Nav-A-Gator Grill is a treat! If your interested in seeing "Old Florida", this is for you. This destination is worth the trip but be careful. Travel up the Peace Rive can be tricky.

The food here is outstanding and the service comes with a smile from the friendly staff. Everyone is committed to making sure your enjoying the experience. Don't be surprised if another server asks if she can get you a refill of your favorite beverage while your server is tied up for a moment. This restaurant is "famous" for it's island music history and many afternoons you will find parrot heads galore.

You have to try the Authentic Cajun Fried Gator Bites and Golden Fried Conch Fritters. Very Good! We had the Blackend Grouper Dinner and the Cheese Burger. Both were excellent.

© 2018 Di and Al

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