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Gulfport Marina includes dry boat storage, ship store, bathroom, public boat ramp, parking, fueling stations, lighted range markers and guest docking facility. Slips are now available!! On the brand new Dock 5. For information please call (727) 893-7329 or 800 782 8350Twin Dolphin Marina, 1000 1st Ave. West, Bradenton, Florida 34205-7852, 941.747.8300  -  fax 941.745.2831, e-mail: harbormaster@twindolphinmarina.comGulf Harbour Marina    
ICW Marker 73, 4.5 miles from Gulf of Mexico  
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The Port St. Joe Marina is at the heart of Florida's Forgotten Coast, on the eastern shore of pristine St. Joseph Bay on Florida's northern Gulf Coast. Located between Panama City and Apalachicola, FlSt. Andrew's MarinaFisherman's Village Marina and Resort, Punta Gorda, FLThe Town of Fort Myers Beach proudly operates and maintains the Matanzas Harbor Municipal Mooring Field. The field boasts 70 mooring balls available for public rental year-round, and accommodates vessels up to 48 feet in length. The mooring field is located east of the Sky Bridge between San Carlos and Estero Islands in Matanzas Pass. For recreational cruisers, the Fort Myers Beach Mooring Field is a wonderful destination. Coming ashore at the Town’s dinghy dock puts boaters in walking distance to beaches, restaurants, shopping, nightlife, and public transportation. Mooring ball rental fees are $13/day or $260/month. All renters MUST register with Matanzas Inn upon arrival. The dinghy dock is available for public use to tie up dinghies 10’ or less (no overnight tie-ups). The dock is located beneath the Sky Bridge between Matanzas Inn Restaurant and the public fishing pier. Punta Gorda, Florida - a GREAT cruising destinationRiviera Dunes Marina Just off Tampa Bay Owned and Operated by Boaters

61. Punta Gorda Waterfront Anchorage

61. Punta Gorda Waterfront Anchorage
Lat/Lon: near 26 56.233 North/082 03.720 West
Location: lies southeast of unlighted daybeacon #4 and just short of the high-rise Peace River bridges
Minimum Depth: 5-feet
Swing Room: unlimited
Foul Weather Shelter: fair, open to westerly winds

Waste Pump-out Availability: City of Punta Gorda, as of the fall of 2013, provides pump-out boat service to vessels in this anchorage


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Comments from the Cruisers' Net Community (8)

  1. Dotti Vaivoda -  June 14, 2014 - 8:55 am

    My husband and I frequently anchor here as we like to play “tourist” in Punta Gorda. This is where we live. We also frequent several other anchorages in the SW Florida area in our 42′ Hunter sailboat. This anchorage happens to be one of our favorites. Punta Gorda is VERY boater friendly and the free bike loaner program makes it easy to get around in the downtown area. The Harborwalk is a multi-use walkway that extends from Fishermen’s Village marina and shopping district all the way up to the Justice Center. There are several restaurants, shopping and places to see along the way. The wildlife is abundant here and there’s always a great show put on. I highly recommend this anchorage. Good holding, friendly people and great food and drink!

  2. Bob Keller -  March 6, 2014 - 11:06 am

    John you are correct in that the bridge clearance is 42 ft. They picked the wrong spot for the mooring field. But otherwise Punta Gorda is the best. I have been going there since 2002 with my trailerable Rhodes 22 and it was too good to be true. Unknown, uncrowded, unspoiled and welcoming. I fear that now it is being discovered. Ironically, now that I have “upgraded” to a Catalina 310 I can no longer go down there from South GA…at least until I retire!
    Bob Keller

  3. John Kettlewell -  March 6, 2014 - 11:05 am

    Good article and good suggestions from Claiborne. It is great to see a city put out the welcome mat, and realize that they will benefit from being friendly to boaters. However, for us sailors it is too bad the 45-foot bridges block us from the mooring field area and heading further up the river, and south of the bridge is quite shallow quite far out. I have read reports that the bridges may actually offer as little as 42 feet of clearance.
    John Kettlewell

  4. Noel Hyde -  November 29, 2013 - 11:03 pm

    To add to the amenities of anchoring off the Punta Gorda waterfront, new floating dinghy docks are now available in the recently dredged “lagoon” behind the Punta Gorda Boat Club, just north of Fisherman’s Village.

  5. Marsha Case -  February 23, 2012 - 12:34 pm

    We lived aboard in Punta Gorda for several winters and loved the town so much we bought a condominium here on the Peace River ( Emerald Pointe) where we keep our boat.

  6. Mary Dixon -  February 14, 2012 - 10:06 am

    There are some of us who stopped here while cruising and ended up buying a house.
    Mary Dixon

  7. Jake -  January 9, 2011 - 3:34 pm

    Dinghy to small beach just west of Best Western Hotel. Lots to do nearby.


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