Punta Gorda: Fishermen's Village

Punta Gorda and Charlotte Harbor straddle the broad confluence of the Peace and Myakka rivers as they join together, creating a massive bay at the rivers' mouth that empties into the Gulf of Mexico.<br>
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Does that sound like a good place to put a tourist trap? You bet!<br>
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And Fishermens Village hooks you with a wharf jutting out into the mouth of the river, lined with restaurants mingled with craft shops, boutiques and other trinkets. as it juts out into the mouth of the river.<br>
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Seafood is the big attraction here, and the choices range from the Village Oyster Bar and the Village Seafood Market to the Captain's Table (fine dining) and Harpoon Harry's (casual).<br>
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Tour boats and ferries are also available on the pier to sail away into the sunset for an after-dinner cruise. There is a large marina for boaters, and you can secure overnight accommodations at the resort.<br>
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-- Bob Rountree<br>
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Getting There: Take I-75 north to Punta Gorda Exit 164. Turn left on U.S. 17 (Marion Avenue) and go west three miles, past U.S. 41, into downtown Punta Gorda. Fisherman's Village is on your right. 800-639-0020<br>
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On the web, go to <a href="http://www.fishville.com">www.fishville.com</a>

( PHOTO COURTESY FISHERMENS VILLAGE / April 7, 2014 )

Punta Gorda and Charlotte Harbor straddle the broad confluence of the Peace and Myakka rivers as they join together, creating a massive bay at the rivers' mouth that empties into the Gulf of Mexico.

Does that sound like a good place to put a tourist trap? You bet!

And Fishermens Village hooks you with a wharf jutting out into the mouth of the river, lined with restaurants mingled with craft shops, boutiques and other trinkets. as it juts out into the mouth of the river.

Seafood is the big attraction here, and the choices range from the Village Oyster Bar and the Village Seafood Market to the Captain's Table (fine dining) and Harpoon Harry's (casual).

Tour boats and ferries are also available on the pier to sail away into the sunset for an after-dinner cruise. There is a large marina for boaters, and you can secure overnight accommodations at the resort.

-- Bob Rountree

Getting There: Take I-75 north to Punta Gorda Exit 164. Turn left on U.S. 17 (Marion Avenue) and go west three miles, past U.S. 41, into downtown Punta Gorda. Fisherman's Village is on your right. 800-639-0020

On the web, go to www.fishville.com

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