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Punta Gorda, Florida Travel Guide

Punta Gorda

Visitors to Punta Gorda will find shopping delights, art galleries, great restaurants and beautifully restored architecture. What you won’t find here — and probably won’t miss — are big retail chain stores. Punta Gorda preserves its small-town charm with plenty of locally owned shops, eateries and businesses.Art lovers won’t want to miss the Gallery Walk, held on the third Thursday of every month. It’s a great time to get out and admire local artwork, then pull up a chair and enjoy tasty local seafood. Each winter, the holiday season is marked by the Lighted Boat Parade. During February, Punta Gorda hosts its annual Wine & Jazz Festival, a rare blend of musical legends and some of the world’s finest vintages.

What do Thomas Edison, notorious gangster Al Capone and billionaire Cornelius Vanderbilt have in common? All three enjoyed relaxing in this idyllic “Olde Florida” town. Spanish for “fat point,” Punta Gorda is a unique southwest Florida town. In the late 1800s, not long after the end of the Civil War, the first settlers began to arrive, where the Peace River flows into Charlotte Harbor. When the town became the southern point of the South Florida Railroad, it began attracting industry, which accelerated its growth. Historic downtown Punta Gorda is a site worth seeing. Tree-lined boulevards, Victorian homes and lush green parks, provide a gentle contrast to the sun-drenched Harbor.

Explore Fishermen’s Village, take a scenic cruise,
or get out your tackle and do some serious sport fishing. There’s a lot of fun to be had in the incredible rental destination of Punta Gorda.

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Attractions in Punta Gorda

Beaches and Parks in Punta Gorda

  • City Beach Park (W. Marion Ave.)
Dining in Punta Gorda

Shopping in Punta Gorda

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