Coolest Block in Punta Gorda: A Nighttime Walking Tour of Downtown

By Janet K. Keeler When the sun goes down in Punta Gorda, put on your dancing shoes. And hopefully they double as walking shoes. From beach boogie to acoustic jams to classic rock, the compact downtown core gets an unexpected groove on as day turns to night. There’s even a spot that celebrates…

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Babcock Wilderness Adventures in Punta Gorda

By Larry Elliston Babcock Wilderness Adventures, located in Punta Gorda, operates on the 91,000-acre Crescent B Ranch, spanning two counties. Whether you're looking for alligators or somewhat tamer wildlife, it's an opportunity to introduce your family to some of the wildlife that calls Florida…

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Punta Gorda Bike Trails: A Claim to Cycling Fame

By Diane Daniel When Punta Gorda resident Court Nederveld started bicycling a decade ago, fellow bikers were scarce in this historic city of 17,000 along the Peace River in the Port Charlotte area. “I could ride all day and not spot another cyclist. Now I can’t even go down my street without…

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Punta Gorda and Charlotte Harbor Roll Up to One Epic Port Charlotte

By Steve Griffin Maybe Charlotte Harbor is better known than Punta Gorda, the charming city resting on its shores, close to Port Charlotte. But the two are inextricably linked. Of Punta Gorda’s approximately 18.5 square miles, says the U.S. Census Bureau, nearby one-fourth is water. Three major…

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Biking Tour Through Punta Gorda Shore

By Hilda Mitrani An innovative bicycle loan program helps visitors enjoy the Punta Gorda Harborwalk, a 2.4-mile public path that winds through three waterfront parks. This confluence of the Peace River and Charlotte Harbor is also an excellent spot for birding. It’s easy to enjoy a scenic…

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Visit Fishermen's Village in Punta Gorda, Florida

By Gary McKechnie While it’s a relative certainty that Florida has more fish camps, fishing charters, and fishing resorts than any other state, it’s an obvious certainty that Florida is the only state where you’ll find the Fishermen’s Village of Punta Gorda. It says a lot that this Gulf Coast…

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The Historical Murals of Punta Gorda

By Hilda Mitrani Punta Gorda is a picturesque city on Florida's southwest coast whose history dates to the days of Spain's first forays into the New World. It was Juan Ponce de León who first came through the area in 1513. Punta Gorda’s modern history began in the late 1800s with post-Civil War…

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Road Trip: Pine Island & Punta Gorda to Sarasota & Bradenton

The areas of Bradenton, Pine Island, Punta Gorda and Sarasota are great for a driving tour. If you're driving from Punta Gorda to Sarasota, add one of these extra legs to your journey to experience the heritage, nature and culture this region has to offer. Heritage Highlights Visit Matlacha…

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Climb Aboard the Nina and Pinta Ship Replicas in Punta Gorda!

By Lauren Tjaden Have you ever imagined what it was like for the explorers who set out for the New World with Columbus? Pretend you are one of them. When you climb into your appallingly small ship, you don’t really know where you’re going. You may end up in a land with people like you’ve never…

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