Welcome to Cvent's Meeting and Event Planning Guide to Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach, a city guide for meeting professionals. Perched on Florida's southwest coast between Sarasota and Fort Myers, Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach is a beautiful waterfront region that is home to recreational opportunities, culture, uncrowded beaches, fine dining, and nightlife. Known for its relaxing, stress-free lifestyle, Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach is made up of a diverse landscape of cities and towns, ranging from island escapes to waterfront towns and even a fishing and arts village. Hotel venues in Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach range from luxury resorts to cozy cottages. The region is also full of unique shops and restaurants specializing in local seafood.
The area is easily reached via I-75, but visitors to Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach can also utilize the Punta Gorda Airport (just three miles east of downtown Punta Gorda), which offers direct service to many Northeast, Midwest, and Southeast U.S. destinations. Located 42 miles south of Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach, Southwest Florida International Airport provides nonstop service to 46 destinations throughout North America, Canada, and Germany, averaging 230 flights daily, while Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, located 40 minutes north of Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach, provides nonstop service to such major cities as Washington, DC, New York City, Boston, Chicago, and Toronto.
The historic town of Punta Gorda is home to streets lined with royal palms and restored homes bursting with old-Florida charm and waterfront restaurants, shops, and attractions. Punta Gorda is also home to the Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Event & Conference Center, which sits on the shores of the Peace River, offering panoramic views of Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach. The center spans 44,000-square-feet of event space, perfect for meetings, events, and expos. Meeting spaces include the 19,800-square-foot Hibiscus hall, as well as the 18,000-square-foot Great Lawn along the waterfront.
Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach event venues are as unique as the region itself, offering event-friendly space at a beach park, comedy club, and baseball stadium, just to name a few. Tucked away along the mangrove-lined coast, the Port Charlotte Beach Park features a heated pool, athletic courts, beachfront, and playgrounds, as well as a recreation center with over 3,000 square feet of meeting space, and a deck and pavilions available for group rentals. Port Charlotte's Visani-Comedy Zone is a Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach nightspot, offering a variety of music and entertainment acts complete with banquet facilities. The Charlotte Sports Park, spring training home of the Tampa Bay Rays, offers luxury suites and meeting rooms perfect for private events.
Groups can also explore Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach's natural beauty at its finest through its intricate waterway, including engaging one of the many area kayaking companies for guided tours through mangrove tunnels, freshwater creeks, or gentle salt-water tributaries – in addition to a sunrise tour, nature walk, or sea life tour. Groups can also embark on a guided buggy eco-tour, courtesy of Babcock Wilderness Adventures. The 90-minute eco-tour takes riders through the Babcock Ranch and Telegraph Cypress Swamp to view alligators, birds, deer, wild hogs, wild turkeys, and sandhill cranes.