Where To Buy In Punta Gorda Isles If You Have A Sailboat?

When viewing waterfront real estate listings, you’ll sometimes notice a reference to sailboat water. Typically, this means there’s no bridges or no other overhead obstructions to open water. This is important information if you have a sailboat or large yacht. While this seems straight forward it still can be tricky in areas such as Punta Gorda Isles.

Punta Gorda Isles has a number of waterfront sections which can be defined as sailboat or powerboat or both. All sailboat sections have no bridges to open water and can handle most large boats and sailboats along with most powerboats. Some areas can handle just powerboats. Typically the limiting factor is a canal bridge which must be cleared to get to open water. Punta Gorda Isles has 3 canal bridges all located on West Marion Avenue. Published clearance for all 3 is 14 feet at mean hightide however I would be cautious with any boat needing clearance over 12 feet. All of the canals passing under these 3 bridges lead to Charlotte Harbor.

So, where exactly are the various sailboat/yacht/powerboat waterfront neighborhoods of Punta Gorda Isles?

They are indicated on the map below as I’ve outlined the specific areas and locations that define the sections by streets.

Map of PGI and BSI Sailboat and Powerboat Neighborhoods

Map of PGI and BSI Sailboat and Powerboat Neighborhoods

Old sailboat section is all the streets north of West Marion heading toward Ponce de Leon Park which include; Jamaica Way, Donna, Maria, Gulfview, Casa, Crescent, Tropicana, Hibiscus, Bayshore and Colony Point. Keep in mind these are the streets that intersect with West Marion and most of these streets have numerous streets coming off of them.

Main Powerboat section is outlined as follows on South side of West Marion to Coronado eastside to Aqui Esta northside to Magdelina to westside Shreve to southside of West Henry and back to West Marion. This is the complete powerboat section encompassing many streets.

When viewing map(s) sections west of Coronado, south of Aqui Esta and west of Bal Harbor down to the Rim canal is all good for sailboats or yachts. Currently all vessels must exit via Ponce outlet until Buckley Pass is completed next year. This will offer new options for entering the harbor and for some it will be a much quicker way out.

The Bird Section of Punta Gorda Isles in the southeast section and is sailboat water. Currently all boats must exit at Ponce Outlet which for some is a 45-minute journey at no wake speed. However, within the next year Buckley Pass should be completed dropping out times to 20 minutes or less.

Additional photos…

Second canal bridge West Marion

Second canal bridge West Marion.


View from top of third canal bridge looking down Tarpon Inlet on West Marion

View from top of third canal bridge looking down Tarpon Inlet on West Marion.


Approaching second canal bridge on West Marion heading towards Marlon Cove to exit into harbor on Pompano inlet

Approaching second canal bridge on West Marion heading towards Marlon Cove to exit into harbor on Pompano inlet.


There’s no mention of Burnt Store Isles because there’s no canal bridges so everything is ok for sailboats. One caution is that all boats need to exit via Alligator Creek which during winter months when the north wind blows the water can get skinny.

If you’re still unclear as to which specific areas are sailboat friendly versus powerboat or yacht friendly and you want to have a discussion about it please feel free to reach out to me directly.

Ken Poirier

Hi, I'm Ken Poirier a local area resident and Realtor in Punta Gorda, Fl. To learn more about the incredible real estate available in the Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte and North Port areas, please feel free to contact me directly by phone at (941) 661-9773, email ken@paradiseinpuntagorda.com or connect with me on Facebook.

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