New Year’s resolutions often focus on self-improvement and quality of life, along the lines of exercising more, getting healthier, reducing stress, spending more time with family, etc.—"New Year, New You,” as the saying goes.

We think a new view can help! Read on to discover how a trip to Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach can give you a head start on some of the most common resolutions (regardless of the time of year):

1. Exercise More

Morning Yoga on Englewood BeachTake your pick: paddle almost everywhere, swim and snorkel and scuba in the gulf, hike myriad nature trails and go beach or bridge walking, bike across the area, fish a robust ecosystem (a workout and a half around here!), go golfing, try beach yoga, and end an active day by dancing the night away.

2. Eat Healthier

Our food scene is thriving and varied. With so many great chefs innovating healthy cuisine, and with easy access to fresh seafood and produce, local honey, vegan and vegetarian options, and much more, it’s a breeze to find plenty of good-and-good-for-you meals.

3. Spend More Time with Family and Friends

A vacation is the perfect time for new experiences with the people you care about, and you’re set up to succeed in Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach. Whether it’s a visit to the world’s largest reptile zoo, a skydive, a few rounds of leisurely golf, or lazing at the beach, you’ll find many ways to spend quality time with your loved ones.

4. Reduce Stress

Nature and large bodies of water are both great de-stressors. With a good percentage of our area protected as nature preserves and with many waterfront restaurants and walkways, the destination is perfect for relaxation and stress reduction. A fantastic meal overlooking the harbor, a hike through a preserve, or a stroll through a pretty park can be just as relaxing as a massage.

5. Learn a New Skill or Hobby

Paddleboarding on beautiful Charlotte HarborFrom getting scuba certified (start online at home and get certified with real dive trips in the destination) to paddleboarding lessons, first-timer fishing trips, learning to drive a jet ski, and so much more, you’re sure to find something new to master in the area.

6. Travel More

People resolve to travel more because of the many benefits, from rest and relaxation to exploring and experiencing something new—it’s all good for you. 

Of course, you don’t need resolutions to visit, and a trip to Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach can be a rewarding experience that will leave a lasting impression. We hope to see you soon!