Aunt Denise’s Guide to Good Times in Punta Gorda

In recent years, more of my family have joined the flock of snow birds for the great migration. They’ve all landed in the Punta Gorda, Florida area which makes it a wonderful place for me to visit! But, it’s got lots to offer for anyone looking for some time away from the cold and in the hot Florida sun.

Allegiant’s direct flights from Toledo to the Punta Gorda airport make it an easy and inexpensive trip for my clan. We all gathered at my Aunt & Uncle’s house for lunch, hugs and laughs! Is this not the best lookin’ group of snow birds you’ve ever seen?

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Since I only had one day and we spent most of it out on the patio, I’ve requested that my Aunt share some of her favorite Punta Gorda hot spots. So here we go. DRUM ROLL, PLEASE. My first guest blogger, the beautiful and talented Aunt Denise.

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Top 6 Things to Do in Punta Gorda

  1. Boat on Charlotte Harbor. If you find yourself without a boat, don’t you worry. Head up to Fisherman’s Village. There are plenty of charters sitting dockside that can take you out into the Harbor. If you’re visiting around Christmas time, don’t miss the lighted boat parade: 
  2. Ponce de Leon Park. A 10 acre park with a beach, two fishing piers, a rescue wild life center and the best sunset on Charlotte Harbor.
  3. Fisherman’s Village. An indoor/outdoor boardwalk featuring novelty shopping and restaurants on the water. It will soon undergo a $40M makeover to include a sandy beach, an infinity pool and a brewery.
  4. Laishley Park. Which is home to the second largest marina in Florida hosts many festivals and running races throughout the year. Expert tip: You can also find the best sushi here at Laishley Crabhouse.
  5. TTs Tiki Bar. The place to be for fun, live music (Wed-Sun) and a rack of ribs.
  6. Orange House Wine Bar. Get your fix of jazz and wine by the glass. Aunt Denise didn’t make a recommendation on which wine to try, but I’ll say go red.

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Where to Stay in Punta Gorda

So, you don’t have family members by the boatload in Punta Gorda, but you’re interested in heading there for a relaxing weekend. I’m a big advocate for AirBNB as I’ve had some of my best stays using their services. If you’re shy about trying it out – don’t be, the hosts take great pride in sharing their space and ensure a great time, and with my referral code (LMALONE34) you can get $20 off your first night. Here’s a few places you could stay:

    1. Key West Stilt-Bikes, Hammock, WiFi: This 5-star AirBNB has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and is directly across the street from the Charlotte Harbor. Two beach cruiser bikes are available for rental.
    2. Luxury villa with pool & tennis courtJust over a half-mile walk to the Manasota Beach and equipped with it’s own heated pool and tennis court, this is the perfect place for a wet and wild weekend. Previous renters raved about the pool and the great wifi connection.
    3. Island Time ~ Boat Time: Stay on a boat! this 41′ sailboat sleeps up to four guests comfortably. The slip on the Charlotte Harbor will allow you to easily take advantage of all the nearby restaurants, kayak and bike rentals, and the marina swimming pool.

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Punta Gorda, I’ll be seeing you again soon.

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