Many areas are adjusting to the increased need for personal space, but Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach doesn’t need to adapt; we’ve always been your social distancing destination!
We pride ourselves on our pristine nature, our uncrowded beaches full of shells and fossilized shark’s teeth, our robust fishery, 450 scenic holes of golf, and so much more. Around here, we say Outsiders Welcome, and you’re invited!
Soak Up the Sun
Even when it’s rainy season, most days in Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach feature hours of bright, sunshine-y, well, sunshine! Whether exploring on a walk or a hike, taking a bike, boat, or horseback ride, standup paddleboarding, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, golfing, geocaching, or enjoying a tasty meal on an outdoor patio, you’re very likely to get your daily distanced dose of Vitamin D.
And, there’s always more to explore, from the latest mural in Punta Gorda or a new special entrée at one of our stellar restaurants, to additional features at the Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens like their newly-opened Butterfly Pavilion, to the always-changing Blueway trails (link to PDF guide). Best of all, you can do it all while keeping a safe distance and still being social.
Enjoy the View
Rain or shine, we work to be sure our BeachCam is always there for you, whether you’re checking the weather or the available sand-space while planning your beach jaunt, or being happily hypnotized by the waves while taking a few minutes to appreciate the beautiful visuals. Before you head out, find some great tips to get your family “Beach Ready.”
Ride the Wind
You can, indeed, jump out of a perfectly good airplane in Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach, with SWFL Skydive Club*. Enjoy the thrill of a lifetime and one of the most scenic drop zones on the west coast of Florida, with amazing views of the Gulf of Mexico and the Peace River.
If you’d like to travel the other way (as it were), Englewood Parasailing** offers, as they say, “breathtaking views from up to 500 feet in the air!”
* Note: you will be asked to wear a mask during all the training, and possibly during the tandem jump, depending upon your instructor. Contact them for more information.
** Note: social distancing is being enforced: only 6 people may be on the boat at one time. Contact them for more information.
Sail the Waves
Smoke and Roses Sailing Charter has literally been around the world (and hence, their blog is a very interesting read). They, along with fellow sailing charters Yachting Vacations and Punta Gorda Sailing, are happily waiting to take you on a wondrous, naturally-distanced sail.
If you’d like to participate in the actual sailing of the vessel, check out Charlotte Harbor Sailing, LLC or Gulf Coast Sailing & Cruising School (Yachting Vacations, mentioned above, also offers lessons). You can even plan a vacation around learning to sail! For sailboat repairs, instruction, and differently-abled sailing, contact B&D Sailing in Port Charlotte.
Beat the Heat
We love our watersports, our boating and paddling and fishing, but there’s no reason to limit yourself to on, when you can go in. Try a snorkeling trip, either guided or on your own, take a swim at one of our beaches, or even learn to scuba dive with Fantasea Scuba in Port Charlotte or Gaspar’s Dive and Board in Englewood. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, it’s easy to find a great waterfront restaurant, and either sit outside and savor the breeze, or head inside to enjoy the best of both worlds: beautiful views in an air-conditioned environment.
Commune with Nature
Almost everywhere you look in Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach, nature is looking back at you, whether it’s that cute lizard on the sidewalk, that funny long-beaked bird on the lawn, the manatee or dolphin on a boat or paddling trip, or the many alligators, deer, and cracker cattle on one of Babcock Ranch Eco Tour’s popular nature trips. We treasure our wildlife and nature, and we love to share it with our visitors.
All the activities listed here and many more in our little slice of paradise are social with distancing built right in. Until we can once again hug each other's faces off—that is, until we can get close like we used to—we can take comfort in adventures shared at arms-length.
We hope to see you and your friends around!