Punta Gorda combines beautiful white-sand beaches with historic charm. Relax on the postcard-perfect beaches, stroll around the yacht-filled marina and explore neighbourhoods filled with century-old Queen Anne manors. For paddle enthusiasts, Punta Gorda is a launchpad to the famous Charlotte County Blueway Trails.
Things to do in Punta Gorda
The charming Punta Gorda Historic District is built for strolling. Explore several different neighbourhoods, some filled with elegant Queen Anne manors and others featuring “Old Florida” homes set in lush gardens. The AC Freeman House dates back to the early 20th century and is one of the finest examples of Victorian in the United States. In the city centre, Punta Gorda City Hall features an impressive Neo-Classical Revival façade.
Colourful Fishermen's Village is a hub for shopping, dining and entertainment. The breezy waterfront destination is set around a marina and dotted with laid-back restaurants and brewpubs. Browse the specialty shops and enjoy live music.
Punta Gorda is a gateway to the Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast, one of the top sport fishing destinations in the world. Charter a boat and spend the day on the enormous open-water estuary, where you can reel in trophy-sized barracuda, grouper, snook, tarpon and redfish.
More than 320 kilometres of Blueway Trails make it easy to explore the rivers, mangroves and coastal habitats of Charlotte County. Rent a kayak, canoe or paddleboard and spend the day getting up close with native flora and fauna. Look out for dolphins, manatees and other marine life.
Getting around Punta Gorda
Punta Gorda is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot, especially around the historic district. The city is located in Charlotte County, a 40-minute drive from Fort Myers, two hours from Tampa and three hours from Miami. Rental cars offer the freedom to explore Charlotte County at your own pace. Sarasota Bradenton International Airport is a 1.5-hour drive away.