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Address: 109 Bridge Park Dr, Charlevoix, MI 49720-1397
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+1 231-547-0266

Enjoy a short cruise around the south side of Round Lake while viewing...

Enjoy a short cruise around the south side of Round Lake while viewing amazing homes and boathouses on our way out to Lake Charlevoix where we pop the sails. After sailing Lake Charlevoix, take a break with a quick swim before heading back through Round Lake’s north side. Blow the horn to open the bridge as we pass the “mushroom houses,” travel through the channel into Lake Michigan and spend the rest of the trip sailing the Great Lake before returning to the dock.Help raise and trim the sails or take the wheel and feel the exhilaration of steering a 40 ft long, 24ft wide custom offshore sailing catamaran. Whether a short swim off the boat or catching a spectacular sunset, Sunshine Charters will provide a one of a kind experience. Sunshine II is a Coast Guard inspected catamaran built for blue water sailing, ensuring you a safe and smooth ride on her spacious open deck. Sunshine Charters has over 15 years of providing safe and memorable sailing around Charlevoix the Beautiful!Private charters are available for groups up to 29 passengers. We will customize a sail to meet any group’s needs and itinerary: bridal, company, family, memorial, or friends.Daily Sail Times and Fares: 11:30-1:30-$35, 3:00-5:00-$35, 7:15-Sunset $40.00 -- (Children under 12, $10.00 off) Tickets available at the “Go Sailing” kiosk, of the Charlevoix City Harbor Master’s office, near the big white catamaran. Purchase tickets 15 minutes prior to departure.What to bring: sunscreen, swimsuit, towel, camera, jacket, snacks, alcohol or otherwise (pop & water are FREE)Credit cards accepted (5% discount for cash) 15% gratuity for the crew is anticipated

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Beautiful Sunset Cruise!!!

Such amazing views and Captain Josh allowed kids to steer as well :). Water and pop were offered, but definitely glad we brought snacks and dinner for the kids. The scenery was... read more

Reviewed 5 September 2016
Battle Creek, Michigan
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Battle Creek, Michigan
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19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

Such amazing views and Captain Josh allowed kids to steer as well :). Water and pop were offered, but definitely glad we brought snacks and dinner for the kids. The scenery was incredible. Highly recommended for a memorable experience right downtown Charlevoix. They do offer 3 sailing times, but we were definitely thrilled we did the sunset one.

Thank KasiaReviews4u
Plymouth, Michigan
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

Captain Gary did a great job! He tried to accommodate the needs and desires of all the passengers. We did the sunset cruise and it was great! We couldn't rate it any higher. It was perfect!

Thank marytallor
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 22 August 2016

This was such a fun experience--I had a group of 12 and Captain Josh was great about scheduling us in. We did a tour from 3-5, which was beautiful and even stopped for a few minutes to jump out of the boat. Both Captain Josh and Kelsey were amazing to sail with and my group found it the highlight of... More 

Thank AKV1065
Lawrenceville, New Jersey
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 August 2016

Our family reunion of 13 wanted to do something different....and it was the best decision we could think of. And to top it off, it was their 3rd beer-cruise. Awesome beer tasting and Captain Josh and the crew were so great! He explained what we were passing, gave us some history of the sites, and took us out to the... More 

Thank Theresa P
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 August 2016

We went on the 11:30 AM cruise during a recent trip up north; there were fewer people on the boat, which was rather nice. Captain Josh and Ben were very knowledgeable about the area, and attentive to their passengers' needs. It was a beautiful day but the wind was intermittent, wish we could have sailed more. I would be happy... More 

Thank Lynn B
Windsor, Canada
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23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2016

We had a lovely sunset cruise. Everything exactly as advertised. We were three couples and reservations were without incident (even though we barely made it on time). The captain and first mate were very hospitable and often asked if they could get us anything. Everyone on the boat seemed to have a great time! Also in a great location to... More 

2 Thank Bill P
Hilliard, OH
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24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2016

We spent an afternoon with Captain Josh and Emma and had a wonderful time! There were 9 of us, including my parents and 4 kids between the ages of 3-17. Josh was very knowledgeable about the area and gave a great tour. The boat was beautiful and very comfortable for all of us. Josh has chairs set up around the... More 

Thank Jen798
Oakland County, Michigan
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249 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 June 2016

Eight of us (4 adults/4 kids) went on the sunset cruise. We opted to go on a Monday night and lucked out by having a private cruise, so we had the run of the place. Josh let all the kids take a turn driving the boat. Plenty of blankets and pillows were on-board to make yourself comfortable. The blankets definitely... More 

1 Thank dmacnmi
Charlevoix, Michigan
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16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2016 via mobile

Josh and his crew are amazing! I would sail with Sunshine every chance I could! It's a great way to see the Charlevoix area. Definitely check out Sunshine Charter if you are in the area!!

1 Thank gracie49721
Petoskey, Michigan, United States
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2015

I had purchased vouchers for the cruise and made reservations a week prior, when we arrived to board we were not on the list. We were told we could wait and see if someone didn't show. I was not offered an apology or compensation for the money or tickets for another time. While waiting another lady approached with vouchers and... More 

3 Thank Linda B
sunshinecharters, Owner at Sunshine Charters Day Tours, responded to this review

The customers husband was not allowed on the cruise because he was rude and used profanity towards the owner. The guests names were not on the reservation list, we apologized for the issue and or miscommunication and asked them to be patient while the owner made arrangements for the couple to go on the cruise. However, during the process of... More 

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