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Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach​

Welcome to the one Florida destination whose best side is outside. This is where you can experience the state in the broadest array of activities all under its bright, beautiful sunshine. Here you'll find a perfect haven of protected shoreline and idyllic barrier islands, where white-sand beaches and warm Gulf waters come complete with a stack of wildlife. It's the perfect place to escape, explore and unwind.

It's a watery world around Charlotte Harbor, with 270 square miles of natural harbour waters to discover, as well as rivers, canals, inlets and mangrove estuaries. From discovering isolated beaches on offshore islands, to taking a cruise through area waters, discovering the abundance of nature on a guided eco tour, or toasting the sunset enjoying some of Florida’s finest cuisine, you’ll find this quiet corner of the state is a place that can be all your own. Or if you want to get even closer to the water and wildlife, paddle your own canoe or kayak to spot dolphins and manatees.

Beach life plays a big role on holidays here, and there's endless miles of soft white sand to choose from. There's tranquil islands that you can only reach by boat, for relaxing and strolling along the shore to collect multi-coloured shells. The quaint harbour side town of Punta Gorda offers incredible dining, combined with arts and culture and gorgeous sunsets. One of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the country, the city’s bike loaner program easily gets you pedalling through paradise.

To its northwest is Manasota Key and the Englewood Beach area. The relaxed, laid-back nature here is a stark difference to Florida high-rise condos and crowds. Romantic off-shore islands await visitor exploration. A special treat is Dearborn Street, offering boutiques, cafes, great dining and more.

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Paddle A Boat

It's kayaking heaven round Punta Gorda thanks to 200 miles of Blueway Trails. With a route for every ability, the trails loop along the Peace and Myakka Rivers, through the intercoastal waterway and around the barrier islands. Amid the stunning scenery you'll spot eagles, herons, ibis, ospreys, dolphins and manatees.

Take A Hike

If you want to walk in peaceful solitude across unspoiled landscapes you're in the right place. Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park has 70 miles of protected shoreline as well as mangrove forests, marshes and pine flatwoods. As you walk the trails you'll encounter some amazing wildlife including wading birds, otters and alligators.

Visit An Island

Punta Gorda's network of offshore islands is a lot of what makes the area so special. You can reach Gasparilla Island via a bridge to explore charming Boca Grande with it banyan trees and Old Florida vibe. But you'll need to board a boat to get to Palm Island and Little Gasparilla - making them tranquil havens where you can soak up the sun and the sound of the ocean undisturbed.

Gone Fishin'

A perfect blend of saltwater from the Gulf and freshwater from its rivers creates the kind of breeding conditions that spell a bonanza for fishermen in Punta Gorda. The quality of the catch here is renowned and tarpon, snook, redfish, barracuda, cobia and grouper are all on the menu.

Gone Shoppin'

When you've done the beach, the waterways and the nature preserves, you'll probably be in need of some retail therapy. There's picturesque waterfront shopping at Fishermen's Village in Punta Gorda; big-name stores at the Port Charlotte Town Center Mall; art galleries in the historic fishing village of Placida; and antiques shops along Dearborn Street in Englewood.

Time Difference:
GMT- 5hours

Closest Airport:
Southwest Florida International Airport (approx 12 hours and 30 minutes) or Tampa International Airport (approx 9 hours and 20 minutes) Miami International Airport (approx.9 hours and 10 minutes)

Getting around:
Hire a car and explore the surrounding areas. Check out the great selection of dining options, attractions and local excursions available. Car hire is available from £20 per day.

Insider Tip:
Take a walk on the wet and wild side and take part in a free Seagrass Adventure Estuary Wading trip to learn about the area's unique eco-system.

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For anyone travelling to the USA, the US authorities have imposed a requirement for passengers travelling under the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP), to register for Electronic Travel Authority. Just fill in the online application form which you can find at You will need to apply for entry via ESTA at least a minimum of 72 hours prior to travel.

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