Punta Gorda is centrally located between Sarasota and Fort Meyers, and in addition, it is also still in a comfortable driving distance to Tampa and Orlando. Due to the proximity to the Charlotte Harbor and the extensive canal system, Punta Gorda has an abundance of waterfront properties. Especially Punta Gorda Isles and Burnt Store Isles offer many new and newer homes on the water with deep water/sailboat water canals leading out to the Gulf of Mexico.
Punta Gorda is a Boaters and Golfers Paradise
Charlotte Harbor and the Peace River offer excellent recreational fishing and spectacular boating opportunities. The water is perfect for sailing boats, power boats, and small watercraft, like kayaks, paddleboards, and canoes. Charlotte Harbor Estuary is not a tiny waterhole, it is the second biggest Bay in Florida. However, if you are using a small watercraft it is safer to be in the middle of Charlotte Harbor than in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico.
If you don’t care about fishing or if you are already getting seasick by watching the pelicans floating by, you can play a round of golf instead. That will stabilize the horizon dramatically. For example, you can go to the semi-private Punta Gorda Country Club, which is an 18-hole, par 72 golf course, and play a round of golf. They have a driving range and a pro shop if you want some new equipment. If you need to rent clubs, you can do that at the pro shop as well. The people who run the facility are more than happy to make your day.
A quick History of Punta Gorda
Punta Gorda dates back to the arrival of the Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon which happened in the year of 1521. Before that, the area around Punta Gorda was not dead because the Calusa Indians enjoyed living in the area for several thousand years. But once the settlers came, the Indians were gone.
The Railroad, Phosphate Mining, the US 41, and the Airport – all this had a big impact on Punta Gorda, and it shaped the face of the city. Today you can still see some of those footprints, however, US 41 and the Airport left the biggest imprints. US 41 connected Punta Gorda with the “world,” the airport, once used to train the young pilots for combat in WWII, became an important commercial airport, phosphate mining left some minor scars on the ground, and parts of the railroad became a highly frequented bike path.
Once upon a time, three developers were sitting together. They were thinking, dreaming and talking. Eventually, they came up with a brilliant idea. The idea was to build something „extraordinary”, something that attracts and pleases many people…and renders the inventors unforgettable.
They called their vision „Fishermen’s Village.“ To make it happen, they immediately rolled up their sleeves and contractors started digging. Once finished, Fishermen’s Village became the #1 attraction in the area,
Even 37 years later, Fishermen’s Village, which is built like a New England Fishing Village, is still „The“ attraction in Punta Gorda. Although the New England theme is not really Floridian style, people love it. The second-largest tourist attraction in Southwest Florida is constantly remodeled and improved. Recently a nice outside bar and restaurant area were added.
This unique waterfront destination includes gift shops, clothing, and specialty stores. There are several restaurants with a wide variety of food items on their menus, and there is a little military heritage museum, that tells a short story about the military background of the area.
Marina, Boutiques, and Restaurants
The marina offers 98 boat slips for the people who hate wheels under their vehicle, and there is a gas station in case the fuel tank gauge shows “empty.” Fully furnished luxury apartments on the second floor are waiting for new arrivals. People who are seeking a break from the hustle and bustle of their hometown will feel they’re at home again….and they are only 10 steps away from their favorite pizza.
Everything is in the shade, and wide openings provide for a comfortable sea breeze on a sizzling summer day. By the way, there is an ice cream parlor as well. This ice cream shop is the place where you can happily add another 5,000 calories to your daily diet, but who cares when the sky is blue and the sun is shining? On certain days you can even listen to live music while enjoying an ice-cold beer. Life is good and even better at Fishermen’s Village.
Go on a Mini Cruise! Several Charter boats are departing from the harbor every day. You can go out on a short sunset tour and watch the dolphins playing with their prey, or you can choose from a variety of day trips. The skippers will take you on tours up the river, or to those little keys located in Charlotte Harbor. Some of the tiny islands, like Cabbage Key, have a unique restaurant that can only be reached by boat. And if you are kind to the captain he might even bring you back to the Village. But better be careful, that pirate blood may still circle in his veins.