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Punta Gorda is a city in Charlotte County, Florida, just south of Port Charlotte and north of Fort Myers. Punta Gorda occupies a point where the Peace River meets Charlotte Harbor.
The name Punta Gorda means "Broad Point" and dates back to the landing of Ponce de Leon in 1513. In 1997, Money magazine ranked Punta Gorda "Second" of the top 20 "best places to live".
Situated approximately 100 miles south of Tampa on the Gulf Coast with easy access from I-75, this community continues to offer leisurely, uncongested and unhurried living. Charlotte Harbor flanks the northwest side of the city offering 129 square miles of sparkling water, clear sunshine, fishing at its greatest, wildlife in abundance and a casual, friendly atmosphere that appeals to those who are seeking the natural pleasures of life. The recently revitalized downtown has cobblestone streets and gas lamp streetlights. The residential area features many brick streets lined with huge old royal palms and many old Florida-era tin-roofed homes with wide verandas.
Temperatures range from the mid 90s in the summer to the mid to upper 60s in the winter, rarely has the temperature gone below 50 degrees. In the winter, a light jacket is all that is needed to protect anyone from getting a chill; while in the summer, the breeze off the Gulf keeps you comfortable, even on the hottest days. The rainy season is during the summer and early fall. Accompanied by a Gulf breeze the showers roll in about 4 or 5 p.m., just in time to cool things down. Rain rarely stops activities, as the water quickly evaporates and the pleasures of living resume.
Waterfront Mall, nestled along Charlotte Harbor, is a very popular Mall and Marina featuring many restaurants, stores, Villas, Yachts, Boat Tours, Deep Sea Fishing Charters, and so much more. Fisherman's Village Realty, LLC is conveniently located within Fisherman's Village Waterfront Mall.
Fishing is a major attraction. For the novice and/or the master angler, area waters are a treat. Charter Boats or head boats will take the fisherman or woman out into the Gulf of Mexico where grouper, mackerel, snapper or tarpon will just about jump onto the hook. In the passes, off bridges, in coves or in Lemon Bay, one can catch trout, sheepshead or snook. A license may not be necessary while on charter boats or head boats, however on shore or in a personal fishing craft, a license is required. They may be obtained at Sarasota or Charlotte County tax collector's offices or at some of the local bait shops, where rules, limits, seasons, tides and weather information are also available.
LOCAL PARKS & BEACHES
400 W. Retta Esplanade Punta Gorda, FL 33950
11 acres along Charlotte Harbor, sidewalk for walking, jogging and biking, basketball court, playground, two tennis courts, one fishing pier, gardens, gazebo, restrooms, shelters, picnic tables, small beach and four parking lots.
100 Nesbit Street Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Gazebo with pond and fountain, Veterans garden, shelter with picnic tables, restrooms, fishing pier, boat ramp, sidewalk for walking, jogging and biking, parking throughout park.
Ponce de Leon Park
4000 W. Marion Avenue Punta Gorda, FL 33950
10 acres on Charlotte Harbor at Ponce de Leon Inlet, ¼ mile raised boardwalk through wetland area, educational signage, boat ramp, boat trailer parking, two fishing piers, playground, man-made beach, shelter, restrooms, picnic tables, Peace River Wildlife Center, parking and beautiful view.
Punta Gorda Nature Park 1555 Aqui Esta Drive Punta Gorda, FL 33950
21 acres, 1 mile nature trail for hiking, jogging, two raised boardwalks for birding and viewing wetland area, educational signage, one fishing pier, picnic tables, benches and 2 parking lots.
Blind Pass Beach: 6725 Manasota Key Rd Manasota Key, FL
Chadwick Park at Englewood Beach: 2100 N. Beach Rd. Englewood, FL
Port Charlotte Beach Park: 4500 Harbor Blvd Port Charlotte, FL
Stump Pass Beach State Park: 900 Gulf Blvd Englewood, FL