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Fourth of July Fireworks


Best views of the fireworks are out on the water

Tens of thousands of people will crowd the shorelines for a view of beautiful fireworks in the calm Gulf of Mexico on July 4. But the best views aren’t on the congested beaches — they are on the water. Boat captains are preparing to take hundreds of guests on fireworks cruises in Naples, Fort Myers and Sanibel Island.

Here’s a look at where you can view the sparkle, glitter and booms in the sky from the sea below.

Naples Marina and Excursions

Guests cruise down the Cocohatchee River in North Naples and out Wiggins Pass and then down by the Naples Pier for fireworks viewing.

“It’s also a nice sunset cruise along with the fireworks show,” said owner Mark Garcy. “We sell out every year.”

• Dock: Leaves from Cocohatchee River Park Marina at 7 p.m.

• Cost: $55

• Info: 592-1200 or www.cruisefishdive.com

• Tips: Guests may bring food and drinks on cruise.

Naples Princess

Dining and viewing makes this cruise different from the rest. Guests enjoy a double entrée meal including both prime rib and fresh catch. The boat goes from Port O Call Marina near Tin City, out through Gordon’s Pass and to a viewing area near the Naples Pier.

• Dock: 550 Port O Call Way, Naples. Leaves 7:30 p.m.returns 10:30 p.m.

• Cost: $80

• Info: 649-2275 naplesprincesscruises.com

• Tips: Guests will see both sunset and fireworks so bring a camera.

Double Sunshine

The double decker catamaran boat leaves from Tin City and heads out to the Gulf to view the fireworks by the Naples Pier.

• Dock: Tin City, 1200 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Leaves at 7:15 p.m.

• Cost: $65, includes hors d’oeuvres, a beverage and a treat, children 12 and under $55

• Info: 263-4949

• Tips: There is a cash bar on board

Adventures in Paradise

View the Sanibel fireworks from San Carlos Bay.

“We are taking 3 boats out and each one seats up to 49 passengers,” said Josh Stewart one of the family owners. “Two of the boats are already full. It’s a really popular trip. We have families that come back year after year.”

The cruise includes a dolphin watch and sunset viewing before the fireworks. This is one of the longest running 4th of July cruises, heading out for fireworks for more than two decades.

“I remember going out on this cruise when I was a little kid,” Stewart said.

• Dock: Port Sanibel Marina - on the Fort Myers side of the Bridge behind the Lighthouse Restaurant. Leaves at 7:30 p.m. and returns at 9:30 p.m.

• Cost: $45, includes soft drinks, water, and snacks. Guests may bring their own alcoholic beverages.

• Info: 472-8443

• Tips: For the Sanibel guests there is a trolley that picks up at hotels on Sanibel. Guests can bring a small cooler.

Fort Myers Princess

This boat heads out the Caloosahatchee to view fireworks at the Fort Myers Beach pier.

“We are known as a sunset party cruise,” said Captain Gene Becker. “It is a 21 and older cruise. The limit is 100 people. It will get sold out.”

• Dock: Snug Harbor Marina, 645 Old San Carlos Blvd., Fort Myers. Leaves at 6:45 p.m. and returns at10:15 p.m.

• Cost: $75

• Info: www.fortmyersprincess.com or 239-765-8500

• Tips: No coolers, there will be a live DJ and an open bar.

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