Living in Punta Gorda is like being on vacation every day! We were named in the Rand McNally Best of the Road competition for “Most Beautiful Small Town in America”. Being outdoors is our way of life and it’s supported through 15 incredible public parks, pathways, and recreational facilities mostly featuring our waterfront. We are recognized as one of the most bicycle friendly towns in the U.S., with free loaner bikes available at multiple locations around town. There are currently 17 miles of biking and walking trails within the city limits.
Punta Gorda (translation: Fat Point) has a land area of 21 square miles, and juts into the Peace River and Charlotte Harbor–an estuary off the Gulf of Mexico in southwest Florida. We are one of the nation’s top areas for fishing and boating, where our award-winning marinas welcome travelers and residents, and 54 miles of canals allow many residents to keep their boats right in their backyards!
Our vibrant downtown is a great gathering place for events throughout the year with never ending festivals, fairs, and events in our parks and downtown open areas. We have a modern event center and a performing arts center that feature a variety of concerts and events. Our Visual Arts Center has exhibits and offers classes in a variety of media along with a yearly juried international art show.
Fisherman’s Village has waterside shopping and dining, and downtown also has shopping and unique locally owned restaurants. Our award-winning Farmer’s Market every Saturday, and monthly Gallery Walk, Live After 5, bring crowds to downtown. While our harbor features Dragon Boat racing and yearly regattas benefiting charities. The Peace River Botanical and Sculpture Garden has just opened its first phase with more phases planned over the next few years. We have a laidback lifestyle and glorious weather, a strong community spirit and feel like a small town, because we are!
Our neighborhoods have their own personalities ranging from waterfront, golf course, planned development and cityscape. Downtown has the feel of the olden days and is a nationally recognized historic district featuring some historic homes, street lamps, and side streets lined with bricks. Other areas are peppered with Old Florida Style homes and bungalows, and some boast today’s Florida Styles including Key West. We are supported by City Codes that specify the standards for construction and safety, while maintaining the character of our neighborhoods.
Our airport has been updated beautifully, and hosts Allegiant Airlines that flies to over 40 cities in the U.S. and has already serviced over one million passengers.
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SpringHill Suites by Marriott Punta Gorda Harborside
Address: 101 Harborside Ave, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Phone: (941) 347-4224
Holiday Inn Express Punta Gorda
Address: 9075 Mac Drive, Punta Gorda, FL
Phone: (941) 205-8002
Pet Friendly? Service Animals Only
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Port Charlotte, FL
Address: 24244 Corporate Ct, Port Charlotte, FL 33954
Phone: (941) 235-1035
Pet Friendly? Yes
Fine Dining & Continental
Angela’s Café Italiano
Phone: (941) 505-7897
Pioneer’s Pizza-Port Charlotte
Phone: (941) 235-2424
Two Thrifty Girls
Phone: (941) 347-8084
2 Crackers and a Yankee BBQ
Phone: (941) 505-9218
Phone: (941) 637-1616
Phone: (941) 505-1888
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State Park Website: https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Cayo-Costa
Live Entertainment Venues
Saturday Farmer’s Market Solo Musician—Saturday Downtown
Punta Gorda Airport (PGD)
Punta Gorda Airport is public airport three miles southeast of Punta Gorda, in Charlotte County, Florida. It is owned by the Charlotte County Airport Authority and was formerly called Charlotte County Airport
Address: 28000 Airport Rd, Punta Gorda, FL 33982
Phone: (941) 639-1101
Airlines: Allegiant Air (Website: https://www.allegiantair.com/)
Southwest Florida International Airport/Fort Myers (RSW)
Southwest Florida International Airport is a county-owned airport in the South Fort Myers region of unincorporated Lee County, Florida.
Address: 11000 Terminal Access Rd, Fort Myers, FL 33913
Phone: (239) 590-4800
Airlines: Airbelin, Air Canada, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines/Delta Connection, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Silver Airways Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Sun Country, United Airlines, WestJest
Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport is in unincorporated Broward County, Florida, United States, bounded by the cities Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and Dania Beach, three miles southwest of downtown Fort Lauderdale and 21 miles north of Miami.
Address: 100 Terminal Dr, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
Phone: (954) 359-1200
Airlines: Alaska, Air Canada, American, Air Transat, Allegiantm, Delta, Azul, Aviaca, Frontier, Bahamasairm British Airways, Silver, Emirates, Caribbean, Southwest, JetBlue, Copa, United, Norwegian, IBC, Virgin America, SkyBahamas,Westjet, Spirit, Sunwing, Tame
Sarasota–Bradenton International Airport (SRQ)
Sarasota–Bradenton International Airport is in Sarasota County and Manatee County, Florida. Owned by the Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority, it is three miles north of Sarasota and six miles south of Bradenton.
Address: 6000 Airport Cir, Sarasota, FL 34243
Phone: (941) 359-2770
Airlines: Air Canada, American, Delta, Elite Airways, Jet Blue, United Airlines
Tampa International Airport (TPA)
Tampa International Airport is a public airport six miles west of Downtown Tampa, in Hillsborough County, Florida, United States.
Address: 4100 George J Bean Pkwy, Tampa, FL 33607
Phone: (813) 870-8700
Airlines: Alaska Airlines, Air Canada, American Airlines, British Airways, Cayman Airways, Copa, Delta Air, Edelweiss Air, Frontier, Jet Blue, Lufthansa, Silver Airways, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, Swift Air, United, WestJet, World Atlantic Airlines.
Miami International Airport (MIA)
Miami International Airport, also known as MIA and historically Wilcox Field, is the primary airport serving the Miami area.
Address: 2100 NW 42nd Ave, Miami, FL 33126
Phone: (305) 876-7000
Airlines: Aer Lingus, Aeroflot, Aerolineas Argentinas, Aeromexico, Air Canada, Air Europa, Air France, Airberlin, American Airlines, Airberlin, Alitalia, Aruba Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Avianca, Avior Airlines, Bahamasair, BOA, British Airways, Caribbean Airlines, Cayman Airways, COPA Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Eastern Air Lines, El Al, Eurowings, Finnair, Frontier Airlines, Iberia, Interjet, LATAM Airlines, Lufthansa, Miami Air, PAWA Dominicana, Qatar, SBA Airlines, SAS, Silver Airways, Sun Country, Surinam Airways, Swift Air, TAP Portugal, Thomas Cook, Tully, Turkish, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, VivaColombia, Volaris, WestJet, World Atlantic, WOW Air, XL Airways France, Xtra Airways.