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David Jenkins posted 01-14-2011 03:11 PM ET (US)   Profile for David Jenkins   Send Email to David Jenkins  
I will soon spend a week at the Boca Vista Harbor Condominiums in Placido, Florida.

It is going to be difficult for me to be so close to the water and not have a boat. Does anyone know how I might rent one for a day or a week without spending a fortune?

Thank you.

Bella con23 posted 01-14-2011 03:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bella con23  Send Email to Bella con23     
Apparently this Marina is right next to Boca Vista and works closely with them.
I don't see any Whalers in their fleet - sorry.
Mambo Minnow posted 01-14-2011 06:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow  Send Email to Mambo Minnow     
The name of place reminds me of Jerry Seinfeld's tv parents FL development. Too funny, lol!
L H G posted 01-14-2011 06:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for L H G    
Dave - I don't know when you're going to be there, but on Feb 7, 8 & 9, I am going to have my 25 Outrage nearby, just north of Venice, on Casey Key, at a home on the Ocean, with a boat dock on Blackburn bay behind the house. It would be fun to meet you and spend some time on the water, weather permitting!
David Jenkins posted 01-14-2011 09:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Thank you, Larry. Unfortunately, we will already be back in North Carolina by then.

I can rent a boat for $275 per day at the marina. I hate to pay that much when I have three Boston Whalers at home. But I will just have to get over it.

I have never been on a vacation in which I boarded a plane, rented a car, and relaxed from beginning to end. In the past I felt the need to take at least one boat with me. I usually spend a day or two getting ready to go, a day or two driving there, a day or two getting back to NC and another day unpacking car(s) and boat(s). So this will be a new experience.

MarthaB posted 01-15-2011 11:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for MarthaB  Send Email to MarthaB     
Dave-Boarding a plane is NOT relaxing. Anything to do with flying is NOT relaxing.
John W posted 01-15-2011 03:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for John W  Send Email to John W     

I have been boating in the Boca Grande / Charlotte Harbor area my entire life, it is the best boating in FL in my opinion, or at least tied with the Fla keys. Where you are staying is right across the boca grande causeway & close to fantastic boating. You can boat to Boca Grande, tie up at Boca Grande Marina & explore via foot or rented golf cart. Or cross the bridge by car...dinner at the Temptation restaurant in Boca Grande is expensive but worth it. Boca Grande is my favorite place, although I prefer being there in summer (off season) when prices are cheaper & it's less crowded.

You can head further south via boat & explore the beautiful, protected beaches of Cayo Costa & North Captiva. You can boat to Cabbage Key for a cheeseburger in paradise. If the weather is calm you could head to Useppa, or to the Tween Waters Inn on South Captiva. Fantastic boating, definitely rent a boat for a day if you can (assuming the weather is nice).

Whidden's Marina on Boca Grande also rents boats, although I doubt they're any cheaper, it may be worth a phone call.

Here are some links if you aren't already familiar with this area:

Good luck & have fun! If you have any questions about the area, e-mail me.


myakka posted 01-15-2011 07:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for myakka  Send Email to myakka     
I believe they rent kayaks just over the new Coral creek bridge from where you are staying.
I'm on Boca Grande 5 to 7 days a week, I second the "Temp" (Temptation). The Pink Elephant and The Innlet are good too, for lunch. If you want lunch on the cheap(think Island) Hudson's and the Pink Pony will feed you for much less.If you pick the Pink Pony try the trashcan or birthday cake ice cream for desert.
David Jenkins posted 01-16-2011 02:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
This is great information. Thank you!
John W posted 01-17-2011 09:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for John W  Send Email to John W     
You're welcome. Other good restaurants (in addition to those mentioned by Mike) are the Loose Caboose for lunch (good food), South Beach bar & Grill for lunch or dinner (food is OK, sunsets over the beach are great), and for an "old Florida" experience, breakfast at the Gasparilla Inn (formal & pricey, though).

Boca Grande is cool and laid back but but it is quite expensive, plan on "island prices". The Bush clan vacation here each Christmas

If the weather is warm & winds are calm, I would definitely make the boat trip to Cabbage Key...supposedly the inspiration for Buffet's "Cheeseburger in Paradise", a cool restaurant & bar only accessible by boat.


David Jenkins posted 01-17-2011 10:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Thanks, John. Planning vacations is half the fun. We will raise a glass in your honor at one of these restaurants.
GAwhale posted 01-18-2011 09:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
I trust you will be flying Delta.

Have a great trip, David!

David Jenkins posted 01-19-2011 11:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Yes, flying Delta. Looking forward to it. I wish I could say that I was leaving the computer and cell phone at home but I just can't do it. Someday I will experience that level of "vacation."
myakka posted 01-25-2011 03:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for myakka  Send Email to myakka     
I hope you get the top floor. I just had a service call in the first building top floor and the view was great!
ScottS posted 01-25-2011 06:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for ScottS  Send Email to ScottS     

This is one of the best places to go boating, so you'll definately regret it if you don't! John W already listed some of the places to go while you're there. I also suggest heading to the Edison Ford Winter Estate in Fort Myers for a tour, especially if the kids are going to be with you. Enjoy your trip!


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