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Explore Punta Gorda from a House or Villa

Near the barrier islands of Perdido Key and Boca Grande, the charming village of Punta Gorda has architecture dating from the days of Spanish colonization. There are many private homes and villas available for rent in the area, many within walking distance of the quaint downtown.

Historic Downtown Punta Gorda

Museums

You can take a Trolley Tour of the downtown area and see the location of all the shops and museums. The Military Heritage Museum has free admission, and the Muscle Car Museum has one of the largest displays of classic automobiles in the country.

Parks

The many waterfront parks are open to the public and they make up a large part of the peninsula. Many of the parks have shelters, playgrounds, restrooms and water fountains. Gilchrist Park covers eleven acres along Charlotte Harbor and includes a basketball court, jogging trail and fishing pier.

Walking Tour

Perched on the shores of Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda is definitely a walkable city. Some of the buildings have murals painted on them by talented local artists. The historic and charming downtown of Punta Gorda is only one mile from Fisherman's Village, another attraction.

Local Attractions

Fisherman's Village

Home to a 98-slip marina, Fisherman's Village also has boutiques, shops and fine dining in an indoor environment. The village is located on the Peace River as it flows into Charlotte Harbor. You can listen to live music there just about any day, including banjo playing and acoustic guitar.

Peace River Wildlife Center

The center is a rehabilitation stop for injured wildlife from the area. Most of them are returned to the wild, but some are residents for life. Located at the edge of Ponce de Leon Park, it's home to eagles, hawks, sandhill cranes and small mammals.

Outdoor Activities

Boat and Jet-Ski Rentals

The marina is one of the favorite stopping places for local boaters. Visitors can rent boats or jet-skis for an hour or for the day. You can charter a yacht or rent a small boat, and guided tours are available as well.

Fishing Cruises

There are three charter fishing companies that offer expeditions to catch sea fish like tarpon, amberjack, grouper and kingfish. Harbor fishing tours are available in addition to the deep sea cruises.

Golf

Seminole Lakes Golf Club is located in Punta Gorda and is open to the public. Altogether, there are nearly two dozen golf courses within an hour's drive of the city.

Dining and Nightlife

Festivals and Events

In February, Punta Gorda hosts a Wine and Jazz Festival featuring top artists. In March, there are culinary walking tours and Funk Fest. Every month has some kind of special event, along with regular ones like the Wednesday Night Pub Stroll.

Celtic Ray Public House

The Celtic Ray Public House is one of the most popular dining destinations in Punta Gorda. The restaurant offers Irish food in a relaxed atmosphere and has a strong selection of imported beers.

River City Grill

This is another popular dining spot in Punta Gorda. Located two blocks away from the charming downtown, the River City Grill has a good selection of wines to go with the eclectic menu.

Weather

Punta Gorda is in the temperate zone of Florida and the weather is warm and humid. Summers are hot, with temperatures in the low nineties, and there is no dry season. October through April, the weather is mild, and daily average temperatures hover in the sixties or seventies.

How to Get There

Punta Gorda is located just west of I-75 on the Gulf of Mexico. From the west coast of Florida, you can get there from FL 70 W and U.S. 17 W from the north or FL 80 W and I-75 N if you're coming from the south. The closest major airport is Southwest Florida Regional Airport (RSW), 38 miles southeast of the City of Ft. Meyers. There is access to I-75 N from the airport to Punta Gorda, and rental cars and taxis are available.

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                                                                                                  Great Secluded Getaway!

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                                                                                                  The house was great for large families and was all that’s listed in the description! QUICK POINTS: - The property is about 30 min away from the main marina area (which has a variety restaurants / sightseeing). - If interested in fishing there is a park about 5 min away that's great (you can also dock a boat there). - The road we used to get to the property was not lit very well, so be careful while driving at night. - The ranch community in which the house is located is very nice, clean, quiet and peaceful. - We went during rainy season so there was a lot of water around the 5 acres and we were not able to explore as much as we would’ve liked (due to rain fall and standing rain water). - The house had needed supplies and was very spacious. - The kids had fun in the pool, playing board games and going on nature walks. - A drawback to the property was the water pressure; it was not the best (showering/washing dishes). Overall we had a great relaxing time and would recommend this property if you want a quite getaway with a large group.
                                                                                                  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2016
                                                                                                  • Stayed: Aug 2016

                                                                                                  Beautiful and peaceful!

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                                                                                                  This is a wonderful property. Spacious, peaceful, relaxing and beautiful! Watching the lizards everywhere was fascinating to this northern gal. Everything worked well (despite the A/C going out day 2, but Jack had it fixed within the hour!!!!) and everything is provided that you would need! I highly recommend this property to anyone wanting a peaceful and relaxing vacation in Florida! (While there, I highly recommend Fisherman's Wharf in Port Charlotte - there is an amazing Military museum there that is a MUST-SEE!)
                                                                                                  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
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                                                                                                  Prefect

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                                                                                                  Staying at this property for 2 weeks was prefect for my wife and I to unwind. We left saying to each other that this would be a great place to buy. Thanks Mark
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                                                                                                  • Stayed: Aug 2016