The last night spent in Punta Gorda was an interesting one. The mile walk from the hotel to Fisherman's Village was accompanied by an off-shore breeze that made the late afternoon pleasant, as did the White Ibis flock that was seen along the way. Fresh Gulf and pasta ....I am always into fresh sea food...and the cold glass of Dogfish Head Ale was a taste delight, complemented by a slice of Key Lime pie and a cup of dark Colombian coffee. The walk back gave views of another glorious Florida sunset , as well as a musical surprise. Thursday night in Punta Gorda is when musicians jam in the parks that line Charlotte Harbor! The musicians were a sturdy group-they continued playing even when the rain came along with winds gusting to more than 40 m.p.h.! It was a fine way to end a three-night stay before moving southward along the Gulf Coast.
As I look back on the stay, Punta Gorda had many good features. It was walkable, scenic, had friendly people, good food and drink, and even informal live music performances. In terms of exploring nature, there was also a wildlife preserve that I'll post about another time. The stay really only had one thing lacking-a walkable beach, one where you could hang out if you wished . I didn't really realize how important the beach factor was until I discovered that it was missing there. For the short time, it wasn't a problem, but we were looking for a place to spend a whole month next year. A month on Florida's Gulf Coast without access to a beach would be a problem. In spite of that, it was a good stay and one that could easily be repeated.
Thank you for visiting, please feel free to stop by again. Until then, may your travels be interesting and enjoyable.