Beaches Near Punta Gorda FL
Many people and especially first time visitors to Southwest Florida wonder what good beaches are near Punta Gorda FL especially if they are staying in the North Port or Port Charlotte areas. The most common question is where the best beaches are near Punta Gorda and Englewood Florida has some of the best beaches (in the world) that most people do not even know about! The exciting news for people looking for things to do in Punta Gorda is that just over a few bridges from North Port and Port Charlotte, the community of Englewood - located on Manasota Key FL - has several absolutely fantastic beaches, all different, all very pristine "non-touristy off the beaten path" types of places that are great for shelling and on nice, calm days, offer some great snorkeling!
Englewood Beach - any visit to Punta Gorda should include a plan a for full day to visit Englewood Beach, just at the end of the bridge from the mainland (which is the closest beach to Punta Gorda.) There is lots of great parking here plus several restaurants and pubs right across the street. If you are looking for a boat rental or a boat tour, just walk a few hundred yards south on Gulf Blvd. to Gulf Island Tours located in Chadwick Cove Marina & Resort. You can either rent a boat or you can go on a boat tour to do a dolphin tour or to see a dramatic Florida sunset. Englewood Beach is closest beach to Punta Gorda because it is the most easily accessible by car and it has more amenities within walking distance!
Another great beach near Punta Gorda is Stump Pass Beach - the second most popular beach on Manasota Key, Florida. This area in Englewood, FL rivals even the clear, calm waters of the Caribbean! The clear turquoise waters here also contain a high level of "sparkling dinoflagellates" (think of fire flies in the water!) that come in with certain tides in the spring and summer. Though not a well known thing to do in Punta Gorda FL, it is a carefully guarded local secret that everyone should try to see at least once in their lifetime. Again, Gulf Island Tours is the best (and only!) way to experience the sparkling magic that happens after dark in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico (unless you happen to have a waterfront accommodation in this location and already know about this phenomenon!)
So - when looking for beaches near Punta Gorda FL, remember that Englewood Florida has four great beaches that are easily reached from Port Charlotte, North Port or Punta Gorda! Bookmark our blog at www.beachesnearpuntagorda.com for quick and easy access to our website!!!