A world-renowned fishing area known as the "Tarpon Capital of the World" is more than an angler’s dream. Settled on a quiet stretch of Florida’s Gulf Coast, life in this artsy fishing village moves at a slower pace. It has the ingredients to suit every type of holidaymaker, from beach floppers to nature lovers to history buffs. Its historic streets echo the old Florida charm, full of treasures from mural-decorated buildings to jauntily painted bungalows. Browse for bargains or souvenirs at antique shops or delightful boutiques, or sip coffee under the sunshine in an open-air café. The rich history and culture come to life at the Military Heritage Museum and Punta Gorda History Centre, where you can learn about days gone by. Evenings are tinted in a glow of tangerine pink from the sunset, which washes over the beachside restaurants and bars.
Pack your flip-flops and swimsuit for some beach-hopping along the coast, with Boca Grande Beach, Englewood Beach, and Stump Pass Beach State Park within easy reach. Swathed with ribbons of pristine white sand that fringe calm waters, it’s the perfect place for water sports, from kayaking to jet skiing. Backed by nature parks and wildlife centres, the surrounding landscape is wreathed with woodlands and wetlands, cut with hiking and biking trails.