A memorable wedding—and one where everyone has a great time—is the goal for most. A destination wedding is already a unique experience, but it also offers the time and opportunity for guests to go on their own adventures in the wedding destination, making the entire trip one to remember for years to come.

To put everyone on track to have a great time, share these suggestions with your guests and party members...and don't forget to try a few yourselves!

Discover a Secluded Beach

Explore more than 30 miles of pristine beaches to sun, swim, snorkel, shell, and wildlife-watch. With five barrier islands–several of which are accessible only by boat—and two state parks, you’re sure to find your own best sandy sanctuary.

Even better, there are five great beach restaurants within walking distance of our main seaside playground, Englewood Beach on Manasota Key.

Seek Out a Sunset

Englewood Beach is also a favorite spot to watch the sun slip into the Gulf of Mexico, while in Port Charlotte, treat yourself to a stunning view at Bayshore Live Oak Park.

In Punta Gorda, catch the colors at Perch 360, a charming outdoor restaurant atop The Wyvern Hotel, which affords panoramic views of Charlotte Harbor. If you prefer sandy toes with your sunsets, head down to TT’s Tiki Bar.

For a round-up of the prime sunset viewing spots, check out our Top 10 Spots to See Spectacular Sunsets.

Take in the Arts SceneArt on the Wall at Visual Arts Center

Our thriving arts scene infuses our laid-back communities with bold splashes of color—literally: more than 30 professionally-executed historic and decorative murals adorn buildings throughout downtown Punta Gorda. Annual events like the Peace River National Art Festival and the quarterly Sullivan Street Craft Festival, as well as amazing local galleries, draw aficionados from near and far. 

Paddle in Paradise

Try a kayak, canoe, or standup paddleboard guided eco tour for the ultimate nature experience. You'll see all kinds of birds and sea life, and maybe even dolphins, manatees, and rays! 

Mingle with the Locals

Historic Punta Gorda, with its original Florida architecture, street lamps and cobblestone walkways, is full of fun and friendly restaurants offering everything from fine dining to laid-back pub bites. A lot of them also feature live music and dancing. For some highlights of downtown, try our Punta Gorda Pub Crawl. If you're not ready to hit the hay early, check out some late-night spots around the area.

Treat Your Taste Buds

Fine Dining at The Perfect CaperWith so many unique, independent restaurants in the area, you’ll have no trouble finding new flavors and atmospheres to experience. We know you’ll savor it all, from fine dining to crab shacks and everything in between.

With so much to do, see, and eat, a destination wedding in Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach is full of fun and adventure for everyone: the fiancés, the families, the wedding parties and the guests!