Continuing on the Southwest Florida Scenic Flight Tour

In a recent post I shared the beginnings of my private Southwest Florida Scenic Flight Tour. Starting in Punta Gorda, I highlighted the trip down to Sanibel Island and then as we headed back up the coast to Boca Grande.

Matlacha, Florida, Pine Island beyond

Matlacha Island, sitting between Pine Island and the Florida mainland.

Continuing on the rest of the flight took us from the top of Boca Grande and Gasparilla Island up to Manasota Key and Englewood Beach. We then turned inland going over Port Charlotte, spending some time flying around Charlotte Harbor and the heart of Punta Gorda before heading in. The beautiful blue skies and water continued for the rest of the tour.

It’s time to let the photos and their captions tell the rest of the Southwest Florida scenic flight tour story. Well without further ado.

Boca Grande, Gasparilla Island, Florida

Approaching Boca Grande at the top of Gasparilla Island in Florida.

The residential community of Boca Grande is surrounded by the colorful Gulf of Mexico and Gasparilla Sound waters.

Boca Grande Swing Bridge, Placida, Florida

You take the Boca Grande Swing Bridge from Placida and Charlotte County to get to the coast.

Don Pedro Island and State Park, Manasota Key, Englewood Beach in Southwest Florida

Don Pedro Island and State Park, Manasota Key and Englewood Beach straight ahead!

Placida Harbor, Placida, Florida

Rambler Hole and Placida Harbor. Placida, Florida sits off to the left.

Don Pedro Island State Park, Florida

Don Pedro Island State Park in Southwest Florida. That turquoise Gulf of Mexico water!

Gulf of Mexico beaches, Southwest Florida

Zooming in on the beachfront of Don Pedro Island. Amazing the difference in water color between the two sides.

Southwest Florida

Heading inland. Looking back to the south at Boca Grande, Coyo Costa and beyond.

My wife went up separately on a similar tour and snapped this beauty capturing all of Captiva Island amongst the turquoise Gulf of Mexico waters. I had to share it. 🌴☼

Captiva Island, Florida

Bonus shot. Wife captured all of Captiva perfectly on another flight the same day. Sanibel Island sits opposite the bridge and to the south.

South Gulf Cove, Port Charlotte, Florida

Over South Gulf Cove in Port Charlotte. Lots of vacant lots.

Charlotte Harbor, Florida

Just past Port Charlotte and over Charlotte Harbor.

Charlotte Harbor, Florida

Flying high over Charlotte Harbor. What a picturesque day for a flight.

Punta Gorda, Florida

Punta Gorda here we come! You can see the Charlotte Harbor Bridge that takes you over to Port Charlotte.

Laishley Park Municipal Marina, Punta Gorda, Florida

Laishley Park Municipal Marina front-and-center.

Downtown Punta Gorda, Florida

Fun seeing all the places that I have spent time in on the ground. Laishley Crab House is recommended.

Fisherman's Village, Punta Gorda

Fisherman’s Village. Waterfront shopping, outdoor dining and fun awaits on the little blue pier sticking out.

Downtown Punta Gorda, Florida

The heart of Downtown Punta Gorda.

Punta Gorda in Southwest Florida

Punta Gorda and the surrounding area.

I-75 cloverlead interchange in Southwest Florida.

An I-75 Cloverleaf interchange in Southwest Florida. Used to being on this interstate a lot further north.

Punta Gorda, Florida

Looking back at Punta Gorda and the heart of Charlotte County in Florida.

Punta Gorda Airport (PGD), Florida

Punta Gorda Airport here we come!

Upon landing at Punta Gorda Airport we taxied back to the hanger at which time my feet were back touching the ground. Being nervous beforehand, with the hour plus tour now over, I kind of wished I was still back up in the air. Southwest Florida is beautiful.

Selfie from hanger at Punta Gorda Airport, Florida

Back in the hanger at Punta Gorda Airport. I had an amazing flight and Florida experience.

The pilot did a great job showcasing what this part of the state has to offer. Being a small-plane first timer, I was amazed by how much has to take place pre- and post-flight as well as up in the air to keep everything going.

With one small airplane ride now in the books, I hope to see more scenic views this way again soon.

Have you ever been on a scenic flight tour? In Florida?

13 responses to “Continuing on the Southwest Florida Scenic Flight Tour

  1. jasonlikestotravel

    I’ve never been on a flight like that but I’d love to! Great photos! πŸ™‚

  2. The water colors are amazing!

    • Aaron - elATLboy

      Couldn’t believe all the blue, turquoise and green variations I saw. So beautiful to see the coastline from that perspective.

  3. Great photos! Ive never been on a flight tour, come to think of it i never even knew these existed! Haha, but must be expensive right?

    • Aaron - elATLboy

      Thank you so much! Hope you have a chance to sometime. I was lucky, it was through someone I knew so. πŸ™‚ Doesn’t break the bank I believe, usually in the several hundred dollars range. But if you go up with several people, splitting the cost doesn’t make it to bad. Been on a helicopter tour before too, that is a cheaper option with the same breathtaking views from above. Cheers! πŸ™‚

  4. Enjoyed your tour. Small planes are great fun. My husband has been a pilot for 39 years. I often miss the days when he flew the small airplanes and we’d fly somewhere to have lunch as he was building up his flight hours.

    • Aaron - elATLboy

      Thanks Irene! Wow, cool beans! Sounds like you guys have had a lot of fun flying. Glad was able to experience. Hope to go on another tour like that again soon.

  5. Beautiful photos!! I would love to take a tour like that. Who took you up?

    • Thank you Kim! Highly recommend. Especially loved the views from that part of Florida. Went on a private tour with a friend who has their pilots license. They don’t give tours normally, but offered so we could get the experience. Wasn’t going to pass up! πŸ™‚ I do know that their are some flight tour companies in Southwest Florida.

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