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Captain Kathe's Boat Cruises

#7 of 21 Tours in Cortez
Certificate of Excellence
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Address: 12306 46th Ave W., Star Fish Company Restaurant, Cortez, FL 34215
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+1 941-812-3241

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Skipper the dog rocks

We recently took a cruise with Captain Kathe and Skipper the dog. The captain had quite a few distractions. She loves to talk to other boats/people near the shore and she has a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We recently took a cruise with Captain Kathe and Skipper the dog. The captain had quite a few distractions. She loves to talk to other boats/people near the shore and she has a lot to say about damage to the local environment which isn't necessarily useful information for the paying customers, Even though I think that many of her observations... More 

Thank MJH161
Sarasota, Florida
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26 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We loved this boat trip with Captain Kathe and her Cocker Spaniel first mate! A fascinating guide! She is from Cortez and knows the local waters and area history extremely well. We took what turned out to be a very personalized tour with four other passengers. We saw loads of dolphins and birds. During the two hour trip at our... More 

Thank Joyce F
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

3 couples took a boat cruise with Captain Kathe. She mentioned that her cell phone had been busy and that her boat was her office. She was right about that. Most of the boat ride consisted of her on the phone scheduling more cruises, and trying to get a license for a 10 person boat. The only stop we made... More 

1 Thank gailb21
Peoria, Illinois
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5 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This was our second trip with Kathy. First time with our son and family. Our son lived in the area and Kathy tried to argue her political and environmental veiws. Embarrassing and uncomfortable for us. Second trip was this week when invited by good friends. Kathy talked on her phone most of the time occasionally yelling out sites to our... More 

Thank debbiemoser01
Bethesda, Maryland
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55 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

This boat cruise is gentle and informative and changing with the tide--literally. A cruise at high tide is so different than at low tide. So many birds feed at low tide. But you see more dolphin at high tide. This is a good family experience as well as cocktail cruise for couples. Kids will love the dolphin hunting dog, Skipper.... More 

Thank TacyTelego
Ludington, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

Amazing two hours with Captain Kathe and her spaniel, Skipper! This brilliant dog actually senses the location of the dolphins & the Captain heads in that direction!! The dolphins seem to know Skipper & follow in the boats wake 'teasing' him. So much fun!! AND Captain Kathe, born & raised in this quaint fishing village of Cortez, is a wealth... More 

Thank andyg_15
Utrecht, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Let me say up front that this is great value for the money. Captain Kathe and her cocker spaniel "first mate" took us out in a group for $30 per head (plus we tipped $5 each) for about two hours. The dog really does sniff out dolphins, which was terrific. The kids were absolutely floored (as were we adults!). The... More 

Thank krashtest d
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

Kathe is amazing! She and the skipper took us out and within 10 minutes her dog found the dolphins. She is so much fun even for someone like me who is happier with his feet on land. Her knowledge of the area is impressive, but she shares it in a way that doesn't interrupt the relaxation!

2 Thank Spardan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

My 3 friends and I have been going to this area of Florida for a week in October and always have a great time. This year it was made even better by going on a boat cruise with Captain Kathe and her dog, Skip Skip. Kathe was raised in this area and very knowledgeable about the history the of fishing,... More 

Thank beachlover8160
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

We went out with Captain Kathe on a Saturday morning after many recommendations from others. If your looking for canned narration you will not get it on her tour! She has a lot of knowledge on the history of Cortez and the fishing industry in the area. She is fun to talk to and is a hard core working American,... More 

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