When it’s time to reconnect with your besties, plan a girls trip to Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach. Aside from the main rationale—that you all deserve a restful retreat and/or an exciting adventure—here are the top 5 reasons to visit:

5. A Change of Scenery Will Do You Good

Two friends strolling through Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens in Punta Gorda, FloridaExploring new locales can refresh and energize, and there’s plenty to discover around here. You’ll find everything from untouched nature preserves to charming downtown areas and much more, including world-class art at the singular Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens. This unique attraction was recently named the "#1 Hidden Gem in all America" by Tripadvisor and it's full of beautiful botanicals and art installations that open minds and expand horizons. Trust us, the photo ops are amazing!

4. Amazing Dining

Our independent restaurant scene is unbeatable and full of talented, passionate chefs and cooks who put their all into creating the ultimate dining experiences for our visitors. As an added bonus, there are many waterfront restaurants, like The Captain’s Table on Charlotte Harbor, that provide truly gorgeous views that enhance the entire experience.

3. Sailing on Charlotte Harbor

A sail on the expansive Charlotte Harbor is pure joy, from the wind in your hair to the stunning views (and the pictures you’ll take) to the birds and sea life to the intricate and fascinating piloting of the sailboat. Feels like complete freedom!

You can also try one of our fun and funky tiki boats for the perfect boating trip: just you and your friends tooling around the harbor on a floating tiki bar with music of your choice! They provide the ice, so you can bring whatever libations you choose. Visit our Boating & Watersports page to find a tour that works for you.

Check out the video for a beautiful overview of this entire list.


2. Get Back to Nature

To really get away from it all, nothing beats a kayak, canoe, or standup paddleboard tour through the pristine nature in the area. Explore rivers, creeks, and secluded mangrove tunnels teeming with wildlife, wide open spaces with beautiful vistas in every direction, and crystal clear waters full of sea life. If you don’t know how to paddle, no worries: most tours include lessons and lots of support from certified instructors.

1. Life's Too Short Not to Have Your Toes in the SandColorful table and Chairs just waiting for friends at TT's Tiki Bar in Punta Gorda, Florida

Around here, we know that in order to be truly happy, toes need sand once in a while. You’ll find places to please your toes across the area, from gorgeous gulf beaches to perfectly situated dry beaches to sand lots at several of our hot spots, like TT’s Tiki Bar and SandBar Tiki & Grille.

As you can see, we’re the perfect place for a girlfriend’s getaway. It’s time to coordinate those schedules and get yourselves down here!