Reader Marci sent me an e-mail this week, letting me know about a dog-friendly cruise she took in Punta Gorda, FL (located across the harbor from Port Charlotte; about an hour’s drive south of Sarasota). Here’s what she told me:
“The Calusa Queen is a tour boat that leaves from Burnt Store Marina and tours various places in the Charlotte Harbour. On Thursday, Layla and I, along with my parents and some out of town family took the Calusa Queen on its Sunset Tour. I called ahead of time and asked about dogs and was told any small or medium sized dog was allowed on any tour except The Calusa Heritage Trail and Tarpon Lodge Cruise as they lunch at a very nice restaurant. I have attached some pictures of our boat ride! We had a wonderful time and will be going again on Friday for their Peace River Tour!”
Looking at the site, I learned that aside from the one tour closed to pets, there are six tours you can take, offering you views of wildlife (including alligators, manatee, dolphins, and birds) and chances to visit the charming communities of Boca Grande and Matlacha. They range from 75 minutes to 5 hours, and they sound like a total delight. Thanks so much, Marci, for the tip!
And here’s Layla on board, the beauty — please note that she’s just in a harness and leash, so the company must not require dogs to be in a carrier:
I’d love to see how you and your pup spent your time together this week — please post your photos on Dog Jaunt’s Facebook page so we can all see them!