Rain (and winter) doesn’t always cool it down here in Florida. That may feel a bit strange if you’re not from here, but there's a tasty upside to this phenomenon: it’s almost always perfect weather for an icy cold treat!

When you find yourself in the mood for ice cream, snow cones, Italian ice, gelato, or frozen custard, you’ll be glad you’re in Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach. We’ve got plenty of cool places to satisfy those cravings.

Arctic Alligator Ice Cream, Englewood: This retailer and wholesaler of frozen desserts makes all their products in house with fresh ingredients sourced from local vendors. Order online from their website and follow their Facebook page for lots of flavor updates.

Made in the Shade Ice Cream, Englewood: Offers ice cream, milkshakes, malts, sodas, cotton candy, candy bars, sundaes, shaved ice and sweet treats and much more. Follow their Facebook page for mouth-watering glamour shots!

Swirls & Curlz Ice Cream, Englewood: In addition to offering over 60 ice cream flavors and creamy soft-serve custard, they’re pet-friendly and sell homemade doggie treats. They're also always adding new flavors. Check out their website, and follow them on Facebook.

Lickity Split Café, Englewood: In addition to proudly making their own ice cream in-house daily, they offer homemade soups, fresh sandwiches, burgers, hand-cut French fries, daily specials, and truly scrumptious and adorable fresh fruit bouquets! Find them on Facebook.

Pelican's SnoBalls, Port Charlotte: "Born from a New Orleans tradition of combining smooth fluffy snow with bold flavors, Pelican’s SnoBalls has been serving over 100 fantastic flavors...for almost 20 years." Find their website here, and follow their Facebook page here.

Zoet Sweet Boutique, Punta Gorda: The first sweet boutique in Punta Gorda offering fresh, homemade ice-cream and sweets from all over the world. Visit their website here, and follow them on Facebook here.

Harbor Scoops, Punta Gorda: Offers ice cream cones and cups, milk shakes, sundaes, floats, banana splits, snacks, Brazilian coffee and cold drinks, with the added bonus of outside seating to enjoy the Harbor view. Find their website here, and follow them on Facebook here.

Fishermen's Village, Punta Gorda: There are three places to get a cold treat in this popular shopping center: Simply Sweet : A Confectionary Cafe; The Good Ole Days Coffee & Ice Cream; and SIP, a yogurt and smoothie shop and juice bar. Visit Fishermen's Village website here, and follow them on Facebook here.

Square Scoops Coffee & Creamery, Babcock Ranch: This ice cream store and coffee shop is the perfect place to stop after a gourmet meal at Table & Tap. Find them on Facebook here.

As you can see, we love our frosty treats in Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach, and we’re confident that you will, too!