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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                                                    Old Florida Living with Upgrades

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                                                    Family of 4 stayed here for several days. Hours was very comfortable. We had a couple of minor issues, and everything was addressed with a smile! This home is Florida back in the 1960's, beautiful style with unique attributes. Home has been remodeled in several areas. Brand new furniture, carpeting, tv's, extras such as board games. Parking inside garage great! AC works really well too. Property does need major attention in a couple of areas. Needs updated kitchen- oven and dishwasher so old I struggled to figure out how to use it. Dishwasher squirts water out of the top- and I advised owners needed replacing immediately to avoid water damage. Oven works, just old. Fridge is large and kitchen had all amenities we needed. Both bathrooms are adequate, but need updating. Main bath needs new cabinet fixture, kind of falling apart. Both baths need new shower heads. We didn't even use the master bath because the shower head was so bad. If you can overlook these small details, the house is a large size, and the back porch is amazing. I would definitely stay there again, very close to everything and canal access easy. If you need granite countertops and state of the art appliances, not a right fit. But I think in time the owners will update the house. So check with them before dismissing this property. Owners were very nice and this house has charm.
                                                    • Submitted: Apr 26, 2016
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                                                    Nice clean place to stay

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                                                    Very nice and quiet off the beaten path and yet close to shopping and I-75. The condo was very clean and very comfortable. The owner was very helpful - gave us ideas and answered our questions- even mailed a hat to us that we left behind. Nice central location in southwest Florida. Be sure to dine at Captain's Table in Port Charlotte. Would definitely go back again. Very good rate for the area.
                                                    • Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
                                                    • Stayed: Mar 2016

                                                    Fun, Cheerful home, Exceeds Expectations!

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                                                    This lovely home is artfully decorated, comfortable and convenient to everything we wanted to do on our vacation. The photos in the listing are current and if anything, understate the beauty and attention to detail that represent this recent renovation. Everything you need is included, first class all the way and the property owners couldn't be more attentive. The home sits on a point overlooking three canals and the sunsets are breathtaking! Coffee on the lanai in the morning sets the tone for the day and we enjoyed every day of the month we were there. We're looking forward to our return next March. Terry and Peggy
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                                                    • Stayed: Mar 2016