Get Ready!

For the Trip of a Lifetime

You’re booked and ready to go, so now what? Below you will find a list of what we recommend you pack for your trip, as well as some other attractions in our area that you may enjoy!

A bad sunburn can ruin a vacation, or at the least make it extremely uncomfortable. Our Captains wear long, light pants, and long sleeve shirts with hats and tons of sunscreen. We recommend the same if you are not used to our strong Florida sunlight. Sunglasses are a must, preferably polarized, to help protect your eyes from the sun and the reflective rays coming off the water. Our Captains wear Costa Del Mar, as they are tailor made for the anglers and outdoorsman. And of course you’ll want to bring a camera to capture all the memories you’ll be making.


If you have a couple of days off the water and would like to see what Punta Gorda has to offer, we recommend checking out the local shops and restaurants at Fisherman’s Village ( ). Its quaint and Florida-style atmosphere is something the whole family will enjoy.

Paddleboarding and Kayaking is popular along our flats and estuaries. We recommend using Southwest Florida Paddlesports ( ). It’s a great workout and allows you to experience the most pristine Charlotte Harbor areas at its calmest.

If you enjoy a nice glass of wine with great food and a romantic atmosphere, we recommend Trabue ( in downtown Punta Gorda. We love the mussels, and roasts. Be sure to ask to be seated outside if it’s a nice evening, as you’ll be surrounded by sparkling lights and on most nights a lovely guitarist.

Laishley Crabhouse offers delicious seafood, sushi, and American cuisine, combined with a prime waterfront location and impressive interior design which result in a one of a kind dining experience for the whole family. This is one of our favorite restaurants and we highly recommend them to any visitors to our area.


Four Points by Sheraton Punta Gorda Harborside

33 Tamiami Trail
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
(941) 637-6770

The Wyvern Hotel

101 East Retta Esplanade
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
(941) 639-7700

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Punta Gorda Harborside

101 Harborside Ave
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
(941) 347-4224

The Suites at Fishermen’s Village

1200 W Retta Esplanade
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
(941) 639-8721


Black Pearl Cast Nets

Black Pearl Cast Nets were designed with the vision to supply fishermen with top notch quality cast nets that are designed to open larger to their fullest measurement potential, sink faster, and be stronger.

Smugglers Enterprises

Smugglers Enterprises is a local corporation, which was started and still maintained by Punta Gorda natives. They not only offer a variety of restaurants and catering services, but more importantly they support the community and bring locals and visitors together through their many events throughout the year. Laishley Crabhouse is a great example of the quality service provided and maintained by this unique company. For information on any upcoming events, please click the photo to the left to be directed to their website.

Five Star Realty

Five Star Realty was founded by a married couple of Charlotte high school graduates in 1981. They continue to employ high quality realtors with a vast knowledge of the Charlotte County area. Our beautiful town is ever growing and expanding. With that in mind, we always refer anyone looking to buy, rent, or invest in the real estate industry to our friends over at Five Star Realty.

Laishley Marine

Laishley Marine offers a wide selection of rods, reels, nautical gifts and apparel for the avid angler. With helpful, knowledgeable employees to answer any questions you may have regarding lures, tackle, as well as a repair department to help fix any issues you may be experiencing with your own equipment, Laishley Marine is a one stop shop for all your boating needs.