Thousands of distinctive White Pelicans, the area’s original “snowbirds,” return every October and November to Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands, offering visitors a delightful look at these majestic creatures. To celebrate this migration, the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau has arranged for special packages at area hotels and attractions.
Free golf with vacation home rental, hotel and kayak or boat tour packages, discounts on Ghost Tours, sea-themed jewelry, cooking classes and meal deals are among the specials available in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands during the migration of the White Pelicans. Following are packages and specials celebrating the return of the white pelicans.
Celebrate the Return of the White Pelicans Kayak Tour
Just as the swallows return to Capistrano, the area’s own migratory water fowl return each year from a 4000 mile round trip from the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. They arrive in October and November to spend the winter here in pristine Charlotte Harbor, and return just in time to pay their taxes (just kidding, they’re tax exempt). Take a two-hour kayak adventure to celebrate these magnificent “snowbirds.” Phoenix Rising Kayak Tours will offer a 20% discount off this tour from Nov. 15 to Dec 15, 2010. $35.00 our kayak, $25.00 with yours, plus tax. Call for reservations, or visit the website “specials” page.
Two-night White Pelican Boat Tour Package
Three Hotels of Port Charlotte properties are offering two nights consecutive lodging and a 90-minute private boat trip to White Pelican Island. For the best viewing experience, book a late afternoon trip. Rates are based on single or double occupancy, not including tax and are good from Nov. 15 to Dec. 15, 2010; advance reservations are required. Additional rooms and nights can be added by calling the hotels directly.
This packages includes:
Two nights accommodations with hot breakfast in the morning;
90-minute private boat trip (for one or two people) to White Pelican Island with a local outfitter;
Days Inn (941-627-8900) $260 and $280;
Holiday Inn Express & Suites (941-764-0056) $308 and $328;
Hampton Inn (941-627-5600) $328 to $348.
One-night White Pelican Kayaking Explorers Package
The Hotels of Port Charlotte White Pelican Kayaking Explorers Package consists of a one-night stay and two-hour guided kayaking trip with a local. Embark on your very own exploration adventure as you wander through the backwaters of Charlotte Harbor and find out why the harbor is so important to the success of our Southwest Florida ecosystems, both on land and sea. Partake in a seine-netting experience, and catch (and release) all kinds of marine life, including crabs, fish, shrimp, jellyfish and whelks, while learning about each one and their important role in the beautiful marine environment. Rates are based on double occupancy, not including tax and are good from Nov. 15 to Dec. 15, 2010; advance reservations are required. Additional rooms and nights can be added by calling the hotels directly.
This package includes:
One night of accommodations;
Two-hour guided kayaking trip;
Hot breakfast in the morning;
Prices are based on double occupancy.
Days Inn Port Charlotte (941-627-8900) $65, per person;
Holiday Inn Express & Suites (941-764-0056) $75 per person;
Hampton Inn (941-627-5600) $85 per person.
Florida Feathered Friends Kayak Eco Tour Packages
Valid November 15 – December 15, 2010
Join the Four Points by Sheraton Punta Gorda Harborside and O-Sea-D Aquatic Adventures as they take you on the kayak tour of a lifetime. Come out to enjoy an up close and personal encounter with some real “snowbirds” – the white pelicans! The majestic white pelican winters in Florida, and as one of America’s largest birds, is quite amazing to encounter in its natural habitat. Be sure to bring your cameras, for this is a photo opportunity you won’t want to miss. A Florida Naturalist guide will educate and entertain you as you coast quietly beside these beautiful birds. Single and tandem kayaks are available. Subject to Availability. Terms and conditions may apply.
For reservations, call 1.941.637.6770 and ask for the Florida Feathered Friends Kayak Eco Tour Package or visit www.fourpointspuntagorda.com
Package 1: 3 day/ 2 night hotel accommodations, Kayak Tour* through Placida Harbor, dinner for 2 at the Dockside Grill – your choice of entrée, one cocktail per person and chef’s choice of dessert, all for $304, plus tax, based on double occupancy.
Package 2: A Kayak Tour* through Placida Harbor and dinner for 2 at the Dockside Grill – your choice of entrée, 1 cocktail per person and chef’s choice of dessert for $140, plus tax.
*Please be advised that on any nature tour we are not guaranteed to see specific wildlife.
Four Points by Sheraton Harborside Punta Gorda
33 Tamiami Trail
Punta Gorda, FL
Tel: (941) 637-6770
See the Birds – Make some “Birdies”
Valid Nov 15 – Dec 15, 2010
Free Golf (including a dozen free golf balls) with select Vacation Rental Homes
Homes from $695 + 12% tax per week, plus cart fees.
Place in the Sun Vacation Rentals
Tel: (941) 465 6888
Ghost of the White Pelican Special
Join Historic Ghost Tours of Punta Gorda on a spooktacular walking tour. They are offered every Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. until October, and then every single night of October except Halloween. The Fright! Tour of Indian Springs Cemetery, which has been revamped for the season, every Saturday and Sunday, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. (including Halloween). Buy One, Get One Free on all tours for anyone who mentions the Ghost of the White Pelican Special. Cost: Regularly $10/person, with special, 2 for $10
Restrictions: Must mention deal, advance reservations required.
Pies & Plates White Pelican Specials
Pies & Plates is a culinary boutique, eatery and cooking school offering the best selection of sea themed jewelry in Charlotte County, affordable high quality jewelry – dolphins, sea turtles, palm trees, flip flops and more. Great for gift giving or for souvenirs. Mention the American White Pelican promotion and get a 10% discount. Pies and Plates also donates 10% of all jewelry sales to sea life preservation organizations. Visit www.piesandplates.com to learn more.
No visit to Punta Gorda is complete without a Gooey Butter Cake from Pies & Plates’ Bakery Café. Come try the While Pelican Gooey Butter Cake (Banana, Caramel & Coconut)! Mention the American White Pelican promotion and get a free gooey butter cake when you purchase an entrée and a beverage. Visit www.piesandplates.com to view the bakery/café menu.
Pies & Plates’ Culinary Academy offers culinary adventures and classes for adults and kids. Visit www.piesandplates.com for a full schedule. Mention the American White Pelican promotion when you register and get a 5% discount off your registration fee.
Fun Feathered Fact:
One of the largest North American birds, with a wingspan as great as nine-and-a-half feet, the American White Pelican can weigh up to 30 pounds.
For more information on wildlife tours, vacation home rentals, hotels, dining and other activities in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands, visit www.CharlotteHarborTravel.com