Set on picturesque Charlotte Harbor , Punta Gorda is an old Florida boating town with period architecture and modern-day amenities. Stately royal palms line the streets in this art-lovers’ town, which is steeped in history. Restored homes and vintage streetlights add to the quaint atmosphere.

The historic downtown waterfront is the center of activity, with funky boutiques, art galleries and sidewalk cafes all within a short walk.

Find water access for fishing and boating – as well as gardens and picnic spots – in Laishley Park on the Peace River and Gilchrist Park on Charlotte Harbor .

To learn about the local flora and fauna, visit nearby environmental and wildlife centers or take a guided eco-tour at Babcock Wilderness Adventures.

Looking for top-quality shopping, dining and boating excursions, all under one roof? Head to Fishermen’s Village, where you’ll find a multitude of restaurants and shops, as well as a marina where you can charter a fishing boat or join a boat tour of the harbor.