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Old 12-12-2012, 06:31 PM
 
Location: Cape Coral
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There is not problem with them if you go by car. In my opinion they are not worth taking a boat to.
If you don't fish, restaurants are a major boating destination. I fish, my wife doesn't.
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Old 12-12-2012, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Cape Coral, Florida
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If you don't fish, restaurants are a major boating destination. I fish, my wife doesn't.
I am talking about the boat trip up and down the canals to get to these places. They are not close to the river or gulf. First Round Draft is at least a 30 minute boat ride once you leave the river and enter the canal, once you get to the dock you have to spin your boat around in a 50 foot wide canal to get back out. Jimbos is closer and just off the Cape bridge so it's easy to get to, but again the canal narrows down significantly. If you are renting a boat and looking for boating destinations, these are not recommended, there are far better options for waterfront dining.
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Old 12-13-2012, 11:37 PM
 
Location: Cape Coral, FL
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Hello! I have a home on a canal in Cape Coral and we are renting a boat for the first time. What are some 'must visit' places we should see and what are some good boat access restaurants?
'Tween Waters on Captiva....we launch from Bokeelia and go over there. Once done eating, it's a nice walk around the island. Cabbage Key, as NHKev said, is nice, too, but realize there is nothing to do once you eat. Lastly, until March you can dock at Boca Grande next to the Pink Elephant. From there, there are many restaurants, cafes, and shopping spots around town. I'm not sure why docking is disallowed after March, but it is. For access, look up the Pink Elephant on Google Maps. Zoom into satellite view and you can see the docks. The public is allowed to dock all the way at the end, past the restaurant docks.
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Old 12-14-2012, 06:05 AM
 
Location: Cape Coral, Florida
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'Tween Waters on Captiva....we launch from Bokeelia and go over there. Once done eating, it's a nice walk around the island. Cabbage Key, as NHKev said, is nice, too, but realize there is nothing to do once you eat. Lastly, until March you can dock at Boca Grande next to the Pink Elephant. From there, there are many restaurants, cafes, and shopping spots around town. I'm not sure why docking is disallowed after March, but it is. For access, look up the Pink Elephant on Google Maps. Zoom into satellite view and you can see the docks. The public is allowed to dock all the way at the end, past the restaurant docks.
March is usually the beginning of Tarpon season which increases the boating traffic like 20 fold in the Boca Grande Pass, by not allowing public docking for more than 10 minutes from March until August they keep all those boats from parking there for hours.
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Old 12-14-2012, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Cape Coral, FL
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March is usually the beginning of Tarpon season which increases the boating traffic like 20 fold in the Boca Grande Pass, by not allowing public docking for more than 10 minutes from March until August they keep all those boats from parking there for hours.
Hey, Billy, thanks for solving that mystery for me, the non fishing-type!
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Old 12-14-2012, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Cape Coral, Florida
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Hey, Billy, thanks for solving that mystery for me, the non fishing-type!
No prob. The Boca Grande Pass is supposedly the best place in the World for Tarpon.
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:38 PM
 
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I am basically on the San Carlos basin off of Country Club. We are renting a boat for 2 days and want to make the most of our time, and being that its our first time traveling the canals/river I need advise!!!! Looking to hit an island and maybe a place or two for lunch. I'm picking up the boat at yacht club... I really appreciate the info
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Old 12-15-2012, 05:47 AM
 
Location: Cape Coral, Florida
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I am basically on the San Carlos basin off of Country Club. We are renting a boat for 2 days and want to make the most of our time, and being that its our first time traveling the canals/river I need advise!!!! Looking to hit an island and maybe a place or two for lunch. I'm picking up the boat at yacht club... I really appreciate the info
I wouldn't waste time bringing the boat back home if that is what your plan is, it is literally going to take you an hour to get back to the San Carlos basin. From the Yacht Club it's about an hour or so ride out to Pine Island Sound then maybe another 20 minutes to Cayo Costa which is by far the best choice for a day on an island, it is also only accessible by boat so it isn't nearly as crowded as the other beaches during season. From there Cabbage Key is just East of the island for lunch or you can cruise across the Boca Grande Pass to Gasparilla Island and Boca Grande. I just caution you as a novice boater to stay on the inside or outside and not directly between the islands when you cross the pass, depending on the tides, the current can be pretty strong going through there and I have seen people get completely spun around on the outgoing tide. You can also hit St James City, Woodys is always a winner, on your way in and out since it is right on the end of Pine Island, you pass it pretty much no matter where you go. You can also just anchor off the beaches of North Captiva too, also very nice beaches and again you are still close to Cabbage Key which I deem as a must for any boater.
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