boca grande is located about 40 miles northwest of punta gorda on the gulf of mexico. this interesting town is on gasparilla island. boca grande has a beautiful beach, a nice downtown shopping area, and is world famous for it's excellent salt water fishing. a very nice side trip when visiting punta gorda. see my boca grande pages for more information.
As this pelican in the picture can attest, Punta Gorda is a neat place to hang out.
Lucky for us it is only about 30 minutes from our winter home in the Englewood area, so we can pop over for a Sunday afternnoon or just for dinner. It is a small friendly town located on a point jutting out in Charlotte Harbour.
The name Punta Gorda is Spanish meaning " Fat Point"
Paradise Has Returned - Better Than Ever
Resided full-time in Punta Gorda for 15 years before relocating to Tennessee for personal reasons. Situated on Charlotte Harbor and the Peace River, outdoor activities are available year-round including boating, fishing, golf, tennis, walking, bicycling, wildlife sighting. There are many community events such as the annual Block Party, Thursday night Guitar Army fest in Gilchrist Park, art and culture at the Visual Arts Center, annual International Air Show.
The growth and stature of Punta Gorda since 2004's hurricane Charley has provided major improvement in local services and amenities. New restaurants, shops, marinas, homes, condos are boosting the attractiveness and economy of the area.
Punta Gorda's small town ambience, favorable year-round climate, abundance of recreational and business opportunities, sunsets on Charlotte Harbor, and a wonderful community of friendly people are good reasons to live in or visit this piece of paradise in Southwest Florida.
PUNTA GORDA, FLORIDA
"CHARLEY lOOK WHAT YOU DID"
Hurricane Charlie was heading north up the Gulf coast of Florida when it decided to make a quick turn to the northeast and entered the stae of Florida at Punta Gorda. This was a coastal town that enjoyed the beautiful winter weather that Florida enjoys. Home to many permanent residents and many "Snow Birds". That's out of staters usually from the north or Canada that enjoys this weather. Many many maintain mobile homes or manufactured homes because of the costs and the many amenities that large parks offer.
Well Charlie didn't have any mercy on those people and ruined or completely destroyed their homes. I didn't take many pictures(my batteries died) and even though these were taken about thirty days after Charlie hit town, not to many stores were open on a Sunday. A lesson well learned, check then recharged when you take a trip of about 100 miles.