Plan Your Visit
What’s the best part of planning a vacation? Is it choosing a shipshape place to stay, perusing the restaurants to decide where you simply must eat, making a golf course to-play list, or looking through the attractions and activities and concluding that you need to try almost everything? We think it involves all of that, as well as learning more about local communities—their history, character, and their arts and culture.
Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach has everything you visit Florida for. We’re nestled along Florida's Southwest Gulf Coast, between Sarasota and Naples, about 100 miles south of Tampa. Our little slice of paradise includes a diverse landscape of cities, towns, and communities, both inland and coastal, giving you many choices when it comes to staying, playing, and relaxing.
For an island escape, choose from the historical and charming Boca Grande on Gasparilla Island; Knight Island with its quiet resort and private beach; secluded Don Pedro Island with its huge state park (accessible only by boat); or Little Gasparilla Island, which has no roads, only golf cart paths (also accessible only by boat). For a small city experience, visit historic Punta Gorda or cutting-edge Babcock Ranch, the only solar-powered city in the US. For a laid-back, Old Florida vibe, head over to Englewood, and to be right in the middle of everything, stay in Port Charlotte. Check out Cape Haze and Placida for island vibes with full amenities and easy access to beauteous beaches and fantastic food.
Charlotte Harbor includes one of the world's largest protected marine estuaries, encompassing 270 square miles with 219 miles of natural shoreline. The area also boasts some of the most vibrant coastal areas in the state and a unique network of barrier islands and mangrove forests. Add in miles of beaches, more than 70 parks and preserves and numerous upland and aquatic preserve areas to explore, fishing, paddling, boating, excellent wildlife and bird watching, 15+ golf courses, Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training, a strong restaurant scene, and many cultural pursuits in visual arts, comedy, theater, dance, and music, and…well, we’ll see you soon!