Trip Ideas & Itineraries

Visitors love Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach for a wide variety of reasons, from our robust and innovative food scene to our endless outdoor activities, fun attractions, and compelling natural spaces. You’ll surely discover your own perfect trip, whether it’s a Fellas’ Fishing Fiesta or a Gals Getaway, but here are a couple of ideas to get you started—and of course, feel free to mix and match the experiences and find your own:

Fantastic Foodie Foray

Grab the gang for five days of flavorful flights of fancy

Day 1:

Arrive early enough to try a lunch wrap at The Icehouse Pub, a British-style restaurant. For dinner, dive into the fish and chips (and a pint, or two) at The Celtic Ray Public House, a genuine Irish pub in the heart of Punta Gorda.

Day 2:

Try the stuffed French Toast at Burg’r Bar in Punta Gorda for breakfast; a lunch platter at Isabel & Annabel’s Mexican Restaurant mid-day; and pretty much anything at The Perfect Caper for dinner.

Day 3:

Breakfast at local-favorite Sweet’s Diner; an indulgent lunch at Donato’s Italian Restaurant, and dinner—and possibly live jazz—at The Grill at 1951.

Day 4:

Tuck in at Country Hound Café for breakfast or head to Ephesus Mediterranean Grill for sweets and coffee; enjoy a waterfront lunch at Ken & Barb’s Grove City Kitchen, The Lighthouse Grill at Stump Pass, or Riviera Bar and Grill; and have a stellar dinner at Visani Italian Steakhouse and Comedy Theater with a dessert of laughter courtesy a stand-up comedy show

Day 5:

Savor a leisurely breakfast at Spinnaker Café; relish lunch at Ricaltini's Bar and Grille; and luxuriate in a decadent dinner at Carmelo’s Italian Ristorante (try the Bada Bing Pasta, trust us).

Wondrous Water Weekend

Three days of fun on, in, and near the water, some entertaining nights out, and appetizing eats

Day 1

Arrive early afternoon (the earlier the better). Regardless of where you’re staying, you can find a waterfront restaurant nearby to enjoy the sunset while planning your next couple of days. For your first night, we recommend dinner at Farlow’s on the Water in Englewood for gourmet dining in an elegant but casual atmosphere. You can even enjoy live music with your dessert.

Day 2:

Start with an energizing 8:30 am yoga session on Englewood Beach, followed by a flavorsome breakfast at Mango Bistro. Then pop down to Cape Haze Marina and learn to pilot a 2-person power catamaran on an eco-tour like no other. You’ll see birds and all kinds of sea life, and maybe even a dolphin or a manatee. When it’s time for lunch, Leverock’s is a good choice for fresh and tasty seafood, and it’s also half-way to your next stop, a kayak tour with Glass Bottom Rentals. Stop at the Boca Grande Fishing Pier on your way to appreciate the view for a few moments. The water is clear and so are the kayaks, so you’ll get to view more sea life than you thought possible.

If you’re looking for a bit more excitement, try a parasailing trip with Englewood Parasailing. It’s a view you’ll never forget, from 500 feet in the air! Once you’re back on the ground, it’s time to head over to Stump Pass Beach State Park to wind down, take a dip, add a shell or two to the driftwood (and make a wish as you do so), and find more shells and fossilized shark teeth. Maybe build a sandcastle while you enjoy another spectacular sunset. Head back toward Englewood Beach when your stomach starts rumbling; dinner options within walking distance of the beach include The Waverly, Lock ‘N Key, SandBar Tiki & Grill, or the White Elephant Pub. Many feature live music and dancing, so get your groove on!

Day 3:

Start your day at John Ski’s House of Breakfast in Punta Gorda or try Penny's Restaurant. If it’s time for some fishin’, head to Fishin’ Frank’s Bait & Tackle Boutique. They’ll get you all set up and share the best places to drop your line.  If you’ve got kids in your party, check out Kidstar Park for go-karts, an arcade, and more, or head down to Port Charlotte Beach Park to enjoy the swimming pool, playground, tennis and volleyball courts, fishing pier, and more. When it’s time for lunch, you can’t go wrong wherever you go, but we recommend Brother’s Fish House or The Twisted Fork in Port Charlotte or Peace River Seafood in Punta Gorda. Spend your afternoon at Fishermen’s Village, shopping for souvenirs, enjoying live music, and having a cool drink. Top your trip off with a sunset cruise with King Fisher Fleet, then a lovely dinner at any of their six waterfront restaurants.

Day 4:

On your way home, start planning your next trip to Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach!

Let us know if you tried one or both of these itinerary ideas, or what you've come up with for your own special visit in Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach!

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