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Punta Gorda

The thriving little city of Punta Gorda enjoys a pleasant year-round climate, relaxed lifestyle, and many recreational opportunities. The friendly hospitality, year-round planned activities, shuffle board courts, great restaurants, golfing, fishing, and miles of sandy beaches make Punta Gorda an ideal vacation destination.

Take a day to experience the most interesting waterfront complex-Fisherman’s Village. Here you will find a conglomerate of unique shops and restaurants. Look no further for all your vacation needs including boats, jet skis, and bicycles for rent. For the avid camper there is nothing quite like the Babcock Wilderness Adventures, which offers eco tours through acres of swamps, trails... more

The thriving little city of Punta Gorda enjoys a pleasant year-round climate, relaxed lifestyle, and many recreational opportunities. The friendly hospitality, year-round planned activities, shuffle board courts, great restaurants, golfing, fishing, and miles of sandy beaches make Punta Gorda an ideal vacation destination.

Take a day to experience the most interesting waterfront complex-Fisherman’s Village. Here you will find a conglomerate of unique shops and restaurants. Look no further for all your vacation needs including boats, jet skis, and bicycles for rent. For the avid camper there is nothing quite like the Babcock Wilderness Adventures, which offers eco tours through acres of swamps, trails, and wildlife. Take a Swamp Buggy Tour through Telegraph Cypress Swamp. Be enthralled by the variety of flora and fauna. Keep a lookout for elusive panthers, bison, exotic tropical birds, and alligators.

Once you emerge from the swamps, take a deep-sea fishing excursion in the Gulf of Mexico. Some companies offer sightseeing cruises to the outer islands, including full and half-day cruises. Enjoy a romantic sunset cruise, and be amazed at the most beautiful sunsets in Florida. If you want, try a round of Golf at the Punta Gorda Country Club semiprivate 18-hole, par 72 golf course. This tree-lined green boasts open fairways and great views. There is a driving range and pro shop, and rental clubs are available.

At night, you should get out and sample some of the best fresh local cuisine. Offerings range from stew chicken and stew pork to whole fried snapper and snook filets. Restaurants range from open-air, thatch-roof structures to small romantic and upscale dining establishments.

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All things to do » Things to do

Peace River Wildlife Center
Peace River Wildlife Center
Attraction type: Nature & Wildlife Areas; Zoos
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Muscle Car City Museum
Muscle Car City Museum
Attraction type: Specialty Museums
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Fishermen's Village
Fishermen's Village
Owner description: Fishermen's Village Waterfront Mall, Resort, and Marina offers something for everyone. Shopping, dining, live entertainment, and water adventures await locals and travelers. With... more Owner description: Fishermen's Village Waterfront Mall, Resort, and Marina offers something for everyone. Shopping, dining, live entertainment, and water adventures await locals and travelers. With over 30 boutique shops and 5 different restaurants, you are sure to find something that pleases you and your family. less
Attraction type: Marinas; Scenic Walking Areas
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Military Heritage Museum
Military Heritage Museum
Attraction type: Military Museums
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Gilchrist Park
Gilchrist Park
Attraction type: Parks
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Harborwalk Scoops & Bites Ice Cream
Harborwalk Scoops & Bites Ice Cream
Ranked #1 of 141 Restaurants in Punta Gorda
Price: $2 - $6
Good for: Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Celtic Ray Irish Pub
Celtic Ray Irish Pub
Ranked #2 of 141 Restaurants in Punta Gorda
Price: $2 - $17
Cuisines: Irish, British, Pub
Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Jack's on Marion
Jack's on Marion
Ranked #3 of 141 Restaurants in Punta Gorda
Price: $9 - $26
Cuisines: American
Good for: Large groups, Bar scene, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
River City Grill
River City Grill
Ranked #4 of 141 Restaurants in Punta Gorda
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
Good for: Large groups, Business meetings, Bar scene, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Dean's South of the Border
Dean's South of the Border
Ranked #5 of 141 Restaurants in Punta Gorda
Price: $4 - $20
Cuisines: Mexican, American
Good for: Bar scene, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Palm Island Resort
Palm Island Resort
$130 - $575
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Placida
The Innlet on the Waterfront
The Innlet on the Waterfront
$110 - $170
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Boca Grande

All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Nearby recommended accommodations:

La Quinta Inn & Suites Port Charlotte
2.5 of 5
La Quinta Inn & Suites Port Charlotte
$103 - $199
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Port Charlotte
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Days Inn Port Charlotte
2.0 of 5
Days Inn Port Charlotte
$94 - $189
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Port Charlotte
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Sleep Inn & Suites Port Charlotte
2.5 of 5
Sleep Inn & Suites Port Charlotte
$100 - $189
Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Port Charlotte
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

The Wyvern Hotel Punta Gorda
4.0 of 5
The Wyvern Hotel Punta Gorda
$126 - $297
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Punta Gorda
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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.