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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
Military Heritage Museum that features artifacts and memorabilia from all branches of the service and all wars the Civil War forward.
Attraction type: Military Museums
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Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary And Rehabilitation Center
Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary And Rehabilitation Center
Attraction type: Nature & Wildlife Areas
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Harborwalk Scoops & Bites Ice Cream
Harborwalk Scoops & Bites Ice Cream
Ranked #1 of 161 Restaurants in Punta Gorda
Price: $2 - $6
Cuisines: American
Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Kids, Scenic view
Dining options: Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
The Turtle Club
The Turtle Club
Ranked #2 of 161 Restaurants in Punta Gorda
Price: $8 - $29
Cuisines: Seafood, American, Bar
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Carmelo's Italian Ristorante
Carmelo's Italian Ristorante
Ranked #3 of 161 Restaurants in Punta Gorda
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Jack's on Marion
Jack's on Marion
Ranked #4 of 161 Restaurants in Punta Gorda
Price: $9 - $26
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Brunch, 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, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
The Celtic Ray Public House
The Celtic Ray Public House
Ranked #5 of 161 Restaurants in Punta Gorda
Price: $2 - $17
Cuisines: Irish, Bar, British, Pub
Good for: Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Gulf View RV Resort
Gulf View RV Resort
$25 - $75

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Palm Island Resort
Palm Island Resort
$130 - $575
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Cape Haze
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Warm Mineral Springs Motel
2.5 of 5
Warm Mineral Springs Motel
$72 - $134
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Four Points By Sheraton Punta Gorda Harborside
3.5 of 5
Four Points By Sheraton Punta Gorda Harborside
$120 - $219
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Punta Gorda
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The Wyvern Hotel Punta Gorda
4.0 of 5
The Wyvern Hotel Punta Gorda
$105 - $221
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Punta Gorda
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Additional nearby recommended accommodations:

La Quinta Inn & Suites Port Charlotte
2.5 of 5
La Quinta Inn & Suites Port Charlotte
$83 - $121
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Port Charlotte
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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.