Punta Gorda Chamber Guide 2022

Punta Gorda Chamber Guide 2022

2022 Members and Visitors Guide for the Punta Gorda Area

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Page 34 2022 Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce Members & Visitors Guide BEACHES/WATER Photo provided by Sue Killion This mile marker post, located in the sand at South Beach, Boca Grande, indicates the mileage from that spot to locations across the USA. Pick a beach, any beach — we have plenty A trip to Florida just wouldn't be complete without a trip or two to the beach. Those looking to grab an hour or so will fi nd a spot in the sand in or near Punta Gorda. Those wanting to explore what the Southwest coast has to offer will fi nd many within an hour's drive or so from the city. Check out Ponce de Leon Park overlooking Charlotte Harbor on the western edge of the city. Amenities include restrooms, a boat ramp, fi shing piers, mangrove boardwalk, outdoor chapel, small playground and picnic pavilion. 3400 Ponce de Leon Parkway, www.ci.punta-gorda. fl .us/ NEARBY BEACHES Port Charlotte Beach: This is one of the easiest beaches to reach from Port Charlotte or Punta Gorda.It offers a sandy sunning area along Charlotte Harbor, plus boat ramps, basketball and tennis courts, picnic tables and a dog park. It also has a large swimming pool that offers aerobics, swimming lessons and cool open swim. 4500 Harbor Blvd., Port Charlotte Englewood Beach/ Manasota Key: This large beach is Charlotte County's main park on the Gulf of Mexico. It's an easy drive over two bridges that span beautiful Lemon Bay and the Intracoastal Waterway. Englewood Beach features swimming, fi shing, shelling, picnic shelters, barbecue grills, birding opportunities and wooden walkways. There are also updated playgrounds, basketball courts, beach volleyball and horseshoe pits. There is a small fee to park, and self-service parking passes sold from machines. This popular public beach is also across North Beach Road from several great restaurants, patio bars and a fun shopping area. Chadwick Park 2100 N. Beach Road, Englewood Blind Pass Beach Park: Sarasota County operates this beach, which locals call "Middle Beach," because it is near the middle of the Manasota Key. It is easily accessible by car and offers swimming, fi shing, shelling and birding It also has ample parking and updated restrooms and showers. Blind Pass has a canoe and kayak launch on its bayside. It also has a fun playground for the kids. 6725 Manasota Key Road, Englewood Gasparilla Island State Park: This has beaches, boating, canoe/kayak, hiking, picnicking, swimming, snor- keling/diving and fi shing. 880 Belcher Road, Boca Grande

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