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Punta Gorda

The city of Punta Gorda is a historic town that lies along beautiful Charlotte Harbor. Streets lined with huge royal palms, beautifully restored period homes with wide verandas, brick lanes, street lamps and benches leave an almost tangible old-Florida atmosphere. Nearly everything is waterfront here from hotels and shopping to parks and fine dining.

In 2004, Hurricane Charley plowed right up Charlotte Harbor, with the eye passing directly over Punta Gorda.  The town was extremely hard hit.  Since then, Punta Gorda has set the standard on recovery.  While repairing and rebuilding, Punta Gorda was vigilant in preserving historical aspects of the town.  

The small city is one of the most bicycle friendly towns in the U.S.  With bike paths connecting nearly all of the city, and a climate that screams to be outdoors, many residents make bicycles their go-to mode of transportation.  No Bike? No Problem.  A bike loaner program exists at various locations throughout the city where visitors can borrow a bike at no charge.

In 2013, Punta Gorda rallied and became a finalist in the Rand McNally Best of the Road competition for 'Most Beautiful Small Town in America.'  During this competition, Punta Gorda received not only the most votes in the 'Most Beautiful' category... but also the most votes overall.  See why.


About the Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast

Florida's premier year-round eco-tourism destination, Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach, The Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast, is known for its pristine, unspoiled beauty. The area has hosted seven major feature films, been featured on SAIL magazine's list of the "10 Greatest Places to Sail in the United States," ranked by Golf Digest as the "Third Best Place to Live and Play Golf in America," and rated by MONEY magazine as one of the "Best Places to Live in the South." For information about area events, activities and attractions, contact the Punta Gorda / Englewood Beach Visitor and Convention Bureau, 1700 Tamiami Trail #G-2, Port Charlotte, FL, 33948; call 941-743-1900 for a free Visitor's Guide; or visit the Web site at