Ready to leave that snow for good? Come on down to the last little/big towns with that rare hometown feel. Not too big. Not too small. Just friendly retirees wanting a slower pace and plenty of entertainment!
What's there to do in our area? PLENTY!
Fish from the County owned 500 ft. fishing pier in Bayshore Park!
Enjoy outdoor, waterfront restaurants and pubs!
Go to festivals available nearly every weekend!
Visit all the unique restaurants and shops in the quaint little tourist town of Punta Gorda!
Visit the Peace River Bird Sanctuary--the pelican feeding time at 2:30 will amaze you.
Walk across the harbor on the Peace River Bridge.
Play Bocci ball at Gilchrist Park!
Ride your bike along the water for miles in Punta Gorda. Tie up and eat lunch
A little further:
You can also drive to the Manasota Key Beach (aka Englewood Beach) which is approximately 45 minutes west and bask in the sun, walk the beach looking for sharks' teeth, and then cross the street for some outdoor dining at the White Elephant Restaurant/Pub.
You could drive to Arcadia (approx. 25 minutes) for antique shopping.
Or visit Solomon's Castle for a fun/interesting time and Arcadia for a quaint historic town in same day, about 35 minutes.
Visit Boca Grande on Gasparilla Island, about 40 minutes away. It's an exquisite world all its own! Shop, dine, beach!
Visit the Octagon Wild Circus Animal Refuge (about 45 minutes)
You could splurge and take the high-speed catamaran (about $150 pp) to Key West for the day! It's a blast! And you can stay overnight in Key West--enjoy the night life and then take the catamaran back the next day at no extra charge.
You can go on boating excursions for the day or go on a fishing charter!
Not convinced? More to do!
Check out St. Armands Circle in Sarasota--the most popular shopping district within 100 miles. Walk the sophisticated Sarasota downtown district and don't forget to go to Marina Jacks restaurant on the water!
Check out the world-renown Sanibel Island has the Ding Darling eco-park, Author Randy Wayne White's restaurant "Doc Fords," and my personal favorite, The Island Cow Restaurant! The lush natural setting has been historically preserved and the Island has many trails for biking, bikes to rent along with scooters, and tour boats.