Punta Gorda is draped along Peace River where it meets Charlotte Harbor. From the streets lined with elegant royal palms to the lovingly-restored period homes in the Historic District, Punta Gorda exudes a tangible Old Florida vibe. You’ll find a lot of divine views as many restaurants, hotels, and parks are located on the waterfront.
Speaking of dining, Punta Gorda finished second in the nation in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards for Best Small Town Food Scene in 2020. If you like seafood, you’ll love it here, but there’s so much more. The variety and quality of dining experiences available to visitors cannot be overstated.
Things to do in Punta Gorda are almost endless. Most restaurants feature live music, and there are plenty of unique shopping experiences, both in downtown Punta Gorda and the famous Fishermen’s Village. This is also a very artful city, with galleries galore, historic murals all throughout the town, and the spectacular Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens, a singular merging of world-class art and amazing nature that has to be experienced to be believed. Add in the Military Heritage Museum, nature and other attraction tours and sanctuaries, boating, fishing, biking, and more, and you can see that this little town offers big fun.