Punta Gorda FL
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The name Punta Gorda, is Spanish for “Fat Point” and refers to the fat point of land that protrudes into the waters of Charlotte Harbor. Those waters provide over 70 miles of man-made and natural canals that create the highly-desired waterfront living lifestyle found here. Punta Gorda is rich in history and intrigue, from its early days of discovery by Ponce De Leon, to the City’s founding father Isaac Trabue, to the gorgeous Hotel Punta Gorda that was owned by Barron Collier and Cornelius Vanderbilt and burned to the ground in 1959, to the devastating direct hit by Hurricane Charley on Friday August 13th, 2004.
Punta Gorda FL is truly a hidden gem along the Gulf Coast of Southwest Florida. Rated by Rand McNally as one of America’s best small towns and Money Magazine as one of the healthiest places to retire, Punta Gorda has a little bit of everything for most people. Located on the southern banks of Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda is home to world-class fishing, boating, sailing, and waterfront living. It is here that one can truly enjoy the Florida lifestyle in one of Florida’s safest cities.
The “Old Florida” charm of the Historic Downtown section of Punta Gorda is evident by its royal palm lined brick streets and homes with front porches. There is a lot happening in this section of Punta Gorda throughout the year from the annual Wine and Jazz Festival to Funkfest to Halloween Trick or Treating for the family. Every weekend on Saturday and Sunday you can visit a farmers’ market in this area to get local produce or hand-made jewelry and crafts. It seems there is always something going on in downtown Punta Gorda so visit our blog for What to do This Weekend in Punta Gorda.
If spending time near the water suits you best, then Punta Gorda has you covered there, too. From shopping at Fishermen’s Village, to taking a stroll through Gilchrist Park, or even grabbing a cocktail for a gorgeous sunset at Hurricane Charley’s, you’ll love all that Punta Gorda has to offer along its waterfront. Laishley Park is another waterfront locale offering waterfront dining, a marina, public boat ramp, Downtown Bait & Tackle Shop, Harborwalk Scoops & Bites (TripAdvisor #1 Rated Ice Cream Shop in America), an interactive water feature, and grass park that plays host to countless festivals throughout the year.
While the nightlife isn’t exactly abundant here, there are several great places for live music like Dean’s South of the Border, TT’s Tiki Bar, and The Rooftop Sky Lounge at the Wyvern Hotel. Foodies will rejoice in all of Punta Gorda’s dining offerings, as well. You won’t find any chain restaurants here. Local favorites like Leroy’s Southern Kitchen and Bar, Jack’s on Marion, Bull and Tarpon, and The Turtle Club Coastal Tavern & Claw Bar are all locally owned and operated establishments that offer unique and tasty dining experiences. If bar hopping on a gorgeous day is more your style, then you will love The Icehouse Pub, The Celtic Ray, Fat Point Brewing, Hurricane Charley’s, Dean’s South of the Border, and TT’s Tiki Bar for taking in a brew or tropical drink. By the way, these places have pretty good food too!
With beautiful parks, outdoor activities, youth sports leagues, a vibrant downtown, and a location second to none, Punta Gorda is the small town for everyone! Take a look at the homes below or click on a search link to the right to view homes in the specified areas. Let’s find a home in Punta Gorda that is perfect for you.