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Why You Should Choose to Visit Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach, a Reminder in Six Parts

As travel destinations open up, we’d like to remind you why you should come—or come back—to Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach, once you’re comfortable traveling.

Part 6: Be a Sport

If you're looking to experience or appreciate the sporting life, Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach is the right place for you! 

Stone Crabs Baseball ActionBaseball

Even though we haven’t had the complete slate of baseball this year, it’s worth noting its strong tradition in Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach.

In addition to hosting spring training for the Tampa Bay Rays at the beautiful Charlotte Sports Park, we've been honored to host numerous youth and collegiate tournaments like the Snowbird Baseball Classic at the park and other well-maintained fields in the county. Charlotte Sports Park, voted the #1 Spring Training Facility in the U.S. by USA Today/10best.com in 2014, is also the proud home of the Charlotte Stone Crabs, the Tampa Bay Rays’ High-A Affiliate.

The Rays’ spring training was cut short this year, as was, unfortunately, The Snowbird Baseball Classic collegiate tournament, but we enjoyed the beginning so much we wrote a blog about it.

The Charlotte Stone Crabs have also cancelled their 2020 season, but you can  for updates and news to get you hyped for next year.

There’s truly nothing like attending a live baseball game, be it major or minor league or college or youth. The sounds of the game and the crowd, the aroma of enticing ballpark food, and the atmosphere of camaraderie allows us to step out of time for a bit and we can’t wait to experience it again in 2021. Explore our Baseball page to read more about America's (enduring) Pastime in the area.

Charlotte Harbor National Golf ClubGolf

With over 20 golf courses—that's 450 scenic holes of golf!—in our area, designed by people like Mark McCumber, Arthur Hills, Ron Garl, and Gordon Lewis, you’re sure to find a favorite. You'll find challenges for every skill level beautifully showcased by natural landscaping that honors our native Florida wildlife. You can even find night golfing!

One of our beautiful local courses, Riverwood Golf Club, was ranked #26 on the list of Top 50 Golf Courses in the U.S. in 2018, and has consistently placed in Golf Advisor's Top Courses in Florida: they were #18 in 2019; #4 in 2018; and #5 in 2017

We're also very excited about the two brand-new courses that opened earlier this year, Babcock National Golf Club and Heritage Landing Golf & Country Club!

Visit our Golf page to plan your next round (or ten), and check out our Golf Guide for an overview of what Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach has to offer.

Pickleball

Pickleball engenders such passion in its players it’s one of the fast-growing sports in the U.S. It’s so popular in Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach, in fact, that we’ve got a deluxe facility—The PicklePlex of Punta Gorda—devoted to Pickleball and other competitive sports.

The ‘Plex currently offers 16 outdoor courts. Their emphasis is on educating youth and the underprivileged on the merits of sports activities and fitness, as well as providing a place to learn and play Pickleball, of course. They’ve already hosted several extremely successful tournaments which attracted participants from out of state and all over the world. Stay up to date with the PicklePlex on their website.

Englewood Beach Waterfest - boats racingEnglewood Beach Waterfest

The month of November is a celebration of all things water in Englewood and the Cape Haze peninsula, culminating in the World Championships for OPA Racing (Offshore Powerboat Association). 

With marine education exhibits, food, family-friendly-fun, vendors, and more, there's something for everyone at Englewood Beach Waterfest. ​For up-to-date information, visit their website and follow them on Facebook.

Boxing, Beach Volleyball, Lacrosse, Gymnastics

Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach is usually host to many sporting events, from Sugar Bert Boxing to EVP Beach Volleyball, Collegiate Lacrosse, many amateur gymnastics tournaments, and more.

Although most events have been postponed or cancelled this year, the Sugar Bert Boxing National Qualifier Green Belt Challenge (with new USA Boxing regulations and safety standards in place) will happen at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center Aug. 28-30. Follow them on Facebook and visit their website to stay in the know.

Keep your eye on our Facebook page, and on the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center website to stay informed as rescheduling of other events occurs.

Hunting

Hunting for quail, wild boar, turkey, and even alligator is available in our area. Type "hunting" into the main search box in the upper right of this site to find guides, experiences, and hunting areas.

Whether you’re looking to watch some sports or challenge yourself physically, explore territory both charted and not, art around or shop to your heart’s content, indulge in amazing food and drink, appreciate animals both wild and domestic, or have a truly spectacular outdoor adventure, Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach has you covered!

Once you’re comfortable traveling, come see us. We’re waiting with open arms to make your trip a memorable—and sporty!—one.