PUNTA GORDA/ENGLEWOOD BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 07, 2019) – Delicious foodie finds, picture-perfect island getaways, and favorite local haunts are some of the activities shared in the 2019 Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Adventure Journal. The 94-page, full-color resource guide is used by the Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau to promote the destination’s tourism offerings to attract more visitors and create a positive economic impact on Charlotte County.  

The guide includes activities as kayaking, hiking, biking, off-road adventures, and salt and freshwater fishing and is accompanied with editorial content and vivid imagery. Readers will find tips for the perfect beach day along with a calendar of annual events and a lodging directory. Identification guides of commonly found seashells, fossilized shark teeth, and birds, are included, too. 

Aqua Marketing & Communications coordinated with the Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau to produce the guide. Sixty thousand guides were published. The guide is the primary fulfilment piece for those expressing interest in visiting the area and requested either through the Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach VCB website, www.pureflorida.com, or in response to other marketing efforts such as print and online advertising. Guides will also be distributed at the Punta Gorda Airport, Southwest Florida International Airport, local chambers of commerce, attractions, accommodations, Official Florida Welcome Centers, and tourism trade events.

Visitors can obtain a guide by calling 1-800-652-6090 or by visiting the Bureau office at 1700 Tamiami Trail, Suite G-2, Port Charlotte. The office is open Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Annually, the Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau conducts marketing, sales and promotional campaigns to increase awareness of and visitation to Charlotte County. In addition to generating economic contributions, the Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau is also focused on developing soft adventure or ecotourism, a low-impact industry enabling the county to preserve the invaluable natural resources that contribute to its ecological health, distinguish the area and draw visitors.

During Fiscal Year 2017-2018 (Oct. 1 – Sept. 30), TDT collections totaled more than $4.1 million. During calendar year 2017, Charlotte County welcomed an estimated 422,500 visitors, tourism generated an estimated $380,841,400 in direct expenditures, and made an estimated $580,783,200 economic impact. Learn more about Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach by visiting PureFlorida.com. 



Cover of the 2019 Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Adventure Journal
Credit: PureFlorida.com 

Located halfway between Tampa and Naples on the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast, Punta Gorda /Englewood Beach is a charming collection of nine coastal communities surrounding the state’s second largest harbor. Florida’s premier year-round eco-tourism destination, the area offers a pristine unspoiled beauty. In 2014, Port Charlotte was named the top “U.S. Best Value Destination” by Trivago (the world’s largest online hotel search site), and the Charlotte Sports Park, spring training home of the Tampa Bay Rays, was voted “Best Spring Training Facility” by readers of USA TODAY. A haven for outdoor enthusiasts, Punta Gorda / Englewood Beach has been named one of SAIL magazine’s “10 Greatest Places to Sail in the United States,” ranked by Golf Digest as “Third Best Place to Live and Play Golf in America,” and rated by MONEY magazine as one of the “Best Places to Live in the South.” Englewood was named second of the Top Ten emerging travel destinations in the U.S. by TripAdvisor.com. The area is served by five airports: The Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) with private and charter air service, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ), Southwest Florida International Airport, Ft. Myers, (RSW), St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) and Tampa International Airport (TPA). For more information on visiting Punta Gorda / Englewood Beach visit http://PureFlorida.com or call1-800-652-6090.