Outsiders—those who love being outdoors and adventuring off the beaten path—can easily find their adventuring joy in in Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach, the Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast.

Want to jump out of an airplane? We have that. Want to explore on a zippy little jet ski or meander on a pontoon boat? You got it. What a about taking a trek through pristine nature, where the only sounds are the bird calls and the crunch of your shoes on the ground? A resounding yes.

On and In the WaterPaddleboarding on beautiful Charlotte Harbor

Water lovers will be in paradise around here, with easy access to everything from swimming, snorkeling, and even scuba diving, to boating and paddling of all kinds, including renting your own. For a different level of fun and whimsy, try a Tiki boat tour with Cruisin' Tikis Charlotte Harbor (6 guests), Red Tiki Tours (up to 12 guests), or Punta Gorda Adventures (up to 30 guests).

Be sure to make time to laze on the beach, collect gorgeous shells and fascinating fossilized shark teeth, and enjoy as many sunsets as you can.

Land Side

Outdoor activities are plentiful in the area, whether you’re looking to golf or play some pickleball, or you’re looking forward to hiking through a park or preserve or taking a stroll along the water.

Lizard getting a chin scratch at IguanaLand in Punta Gorda, FloridaThe area also features several fascinating animal sanctuaries like Peace River Wildlife Center, and Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary (private tours only), and the world’s largest reptile zoo, IguanaLand.

A definite must-see is Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens, a diverse and thriving botanical garden dotted with world-class sculptures.

Even dining is an adventure, and many of our great independent restaurants have beautiful outdoor spaces to enjoy along with the tasty cuisine. Better yet, many offer waterfront and sunset views.

Flying High

Freefall with Skydive Southwest FloridaIf you’re looking for a little more space, so to speak, take to the skies!

For the ultimate excitement, try jumping out of a plane! Skydive Southwest Florida offers tandem skydive experiences just 10 minutes from downtown Punta Gorda.

For all the excitement of an airplane ride without the...excitement...of jumping out of one, try Suncoast Biplanes. They offer sightseeing tours and exhilarating acrobatics flights, and the views really can't be beat!

Find more high-flying fun on a parasail tour along the gulf coast with Englewood Parasailing or Parasail Englewood.

No matter what kind of adventures you’re looking for, you’ll find so much to do in Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach, you may find it difficult to leave.