Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach is a collection of 10 charming coastal communities and four barrier islands clustered around Charlotte Harbor, the state’s second-largest harbor. Located on Florida’s southwest coast, the area is one of Florida’s premier eco-tourism destinations, where locals like to say, “our best side is outside.” A haven for outdoor enthusiasts, the area’s 830 miles of shoreline include an estuary, miles of sandy beaches, and nearly 200 miles of the Charlotte Harbor Blueway (water) Trails. With 84 percent of the shoreline protected from development, the Charlotte Harbor area boasts numerous activities and festivals that encourage families, couples, groups, and individuals to relax and explore the beautiful setting.
As part of this two-day adventure to Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach, writers may experience a variety of outdoor activites from boating, hiking, cycling, harbor tours, and shelling for fossilized sharks’ teeth. Bound by the south bank of the Tidal Peace River and the eastern shore of the Gulf of Mexico, Charlotte Harbor’s natural shoreline is perfect for kayaking, canoeing, and paddle boarding, as well as taking an eco-tour on a two-seater catamaran. Charlotte Harbor also is known for some of Florida’s most diverse salt-and freshwater fishing, claiming 250 species of fish.
Educational tours, sunset cruises, and dinner tours are popular activites, as are visiting local artist galleries and studios, and sculpture and pottery gardens. Dining experiences may include fresh “catch and cook” seafood, ethnic cuisine, award-winning restaurants, steak houses, seats-in-the-sand dining, pub fare, and cozy bistros, to name a few.
Selected writers would likely fly into Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) near Fort Myers to begin media trip. Transportation after the press trip to St. Petersburg for the conference will be provided. Hotel and restaurant information will be confirmed later.
IFWTWA Writers in Attendance:
- Travel Wander Grow by Kathryn Anderson
- Florida’s Best Restaurants for Solo Travelers: TT’s Tiki Bar by Lorena Lopez
- 5 Must-Try Punta Gorda Restaurants | Punta Gorda, FL by Kathryn Anderson
- Peace River Seafood Restaurant & Market in Punta Gorda, Florida by Linda Milks
- Water’s Edge Dining at Farlow’s On The Water in Englewood, Florida by Linda Milks
- Punta Gorda, Florida, Is Best Side Outside by Linda Milks
- 5 Awesome Beach Bars To Visit On Florida’s Gulf Coast by Kathryn Anderson