PUNTA GORDA/ENGLEWOOD BEACH, Fla. (June 1, 2020) – The Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor and Convention Bureau is pleased to announce the City of Punta Gorda has been nominated for the 2020 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards - Best Small Town Food Scene. 

Voting is open to the public online at https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-small-town-food-scene-2020/punta-gorda-florida/through Monday, June 29 at noon. The town that receives the most eligible votes will be designated as the 2020 Reader’s Choice Best Small Town Food Scene in the United States.  

“While Punta Gorda is perhaps best known for its beautiful location along Charlotte Harbor, many natural attractions, waterside shopping and leisurely strolls along the Harborwalk, its culinary scene is just as enticing” said Wendie Vestfall, Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor and Convention Bureau Tourism Director. “We are urging Charlotte County residents and friends to cast a vote daily to help our beloved town win a USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Award.”

Punta Gorda is the only Florida nominated town among 19 other nominees across the country.

Voting is limited to one vote per person, per day and winners will be announced on the USA TODAY 10Best website on Friday, July 10.

Information on Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach is available at PureFlorida.com. Engage with the destination on social media at @RealPureFlorida on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. 

Located on Florida’s coveted Southwest Gulf Coast, halfway between Tampa and Naples, Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach is a charming collection of coastal communities surrounding the state’s second largest harbor. Florida’s premier year-round eco-tourism destination, the area offers pristine, unspoiled beauty. A haven for outdoor enthusiasts, Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach showcases a variety of vibrant experiences. From beaches to boating, hiking to harbor tours, fishing to nature discovery; to sun, shelling and fossilized sharks teeth, the destination celebrates the active traveler and lively local in search of relaxation and unlimited discovery. Most notably known for its 830 miles of pristine unparalleled shoreline, including captivating river passages, a mangrove-edged aquatic preserve and more than a dozen miles of natural Gulf beaches, the Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast includes the areas of Boca Grande, Don Pedro Island, El Jobean, Englewood-Cape Haze, Little Gasparilla Island, Manasota Key, Knight Island, Placida, Babcock Ranch, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda. To learn more about Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach, visit http://PureFlorida.com or call 1-800-652-6090 or engage with the destination on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @RealPureFlorida. Looking for fast, unique destination facts? Click HERE!

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