Punta Gorda / Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau

Convention Center2,323 sq. m
Guest Rooms1,800
Guest Rooms at 1 Hotel175 Guest Rooms
Special Event Venues25
Average Room Rate$89.00
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Punta Gorda / Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau


Why Choose Our Destination?

Welcome to Southwest Florida's newest meetings destination. Located just off Interstate 75 and less than an hour from two international airports (35 minutes from Southwest Florida International to downtown Punta Gorda), Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands provides a unique setting for a memorable meeting or conference. The area features diverse venues for nearly any event. Our destination's signature meeting venue is the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center, which is professionally managed by SMG. This 44,000 square foot multi-purpose facility has exceeded expectations in its first two years of operation successfully hosting a variety of functions including meetings, conferences, trade shows, and sporting events. In addition, both Palm Island Resort and the Boca Grande Club provide an exclusive beachfront resort atmosphere, ideal for board retreats and incentive travel. Accommodation choices in the area range from full and limited service hotels in Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte to beachside resorts and condos in the Englewood-Cape Haze area. If your function requires off site activities or reception venues, there are many to choose from in the Charlotte Harbor area including harbor cruises, swamp buggy tours, an array of golf courses, Muscle Car City Museum, Fishermen's Village, and Charlotte Sports Park, spring training home of the Tampa Bay Rays. Let the Charlotte Harbor VCB be your one stop shop for any information or recommendations regarding the Charlotte Harbor area. Our hospitality and enthusiasm is sure to create a memorable experience for all your attendees.

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Distance from Airport

  • Southwest Florida International (RSW)

    64.37 km from City Center

  • Sarasota-Bradenton International (SRQ)

    80.47 km from City Center

  • Tampa International (TPA)

    144.84 km from City Center


Local Attractions

Fishermen's Village Waterfront Mall, Resort, & Marina

One of the most popular Southwest Florida attractions, Fishermen's Village features over 30 boutique/specialty shops, 6 restaurants, a military museum, a full service marina, boat rentals, fishing charters, and a variety of harbor/river cruises, as well as live entertainment several nights a week. In addition, the Village offers affordable two-bedroom condo accommodations which can be rented by the day, week, or month.
1200 W. Retta Esplanade
Punta Gorda, FL, US 33950

Rotonda Golf & Country Club

Rotonda Golf & Country Club offers 99 holes of premier golf to choose from that challenge all skill levels. Rotonda has been awarded a "Beginner Friendly Certification" from the National Golf Course Owners Association as well as the Charlotte Sun Herald's Reader's choice award for being the best course in Charlotte County. Rotonda Golf & Country Club's five courses include The Hills, Long Marsh, The Palms, The Links, and Pinemoor. These five emeralds are situated in a spectacular setting bathed by gulf breezes and are located just a few minutes from the Englewood area beaches.
266 Rotonda Circle
Rotonda West, FL, US 33947

King Fisher Fleet

King Fisher Fleet, based out of Fishermen's Village in Punta Gorda offers the best of Florida - both for sightseers and for fishermen. Sightseeing cruises to Cabbage Key or Cayo Costa, eco-tours up the Peace River, full and half day cruises, sunset cruises and harbor tours will keep your camera clicking at dolphins and other wildlife. Fishermen will be thrilled to discover the variety of fish inhabiting the 2nd largest estuary in the State of Florida, frequently referred to as the Tarpon Fishing Capital of the World. Anglers can choose between deep sea charter fishing in the Gulf of Mexico or back bay fishing in the Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserve.
1200 W. Retta Esplanade
Punta Gorda, FL, US 33950

Riverwood Golf Club

This Golf Digest 4 1/2 star Course is truly unique as a result of its design features, natural beauty and varying challenges. The front nine of this Gene Bates designed, par 72 championship course flows through heavily wooded terrain, rich in stands of natural pine. The back nine meanders amid salt marsh and wetlands. Surrounded by lush landscaping and native vegetation, each hole is a challenge, taking advantage of its natural setting. Riverwood Golf Club, which measures 7,000 yards from the tips and has hosted various tournaments including the annual Charlotte County Open, was recently ranked the number 15 course in the state by Golfweek Magazine.
4100 Riverwood Drive
Port Charlotte, FL, US 33953

Babcock Wilderness Adventures

Enjoy a 90-minute Wildlife Buggy Tour through the Babcock Ranch and Telegraph Cypress Swamp. Experienced guides offer in-depth descriptions of birds, animals, plants, and the cattle and horses that are raised on the ranch. Visitors will see alligators, and many other animals living in Southwest Florida. In the tour area you'll find a small museum featuring Florida history, Babcock operations, and natural history artifacts. The museum itself is actually a movie set used by Warner Brothers in the 1995 film "Just Cause" (starring Sean Connery) that was filmed in part right here on Babcock Ranch. Our gift shop features items of special interest to Babcock Ranch, the Wilderness Tour and Florida wildlife. The "Country Store" is open before and after tour times. Picnic Facilities are available year-round. You can bring your own picnic lunch or enjoy a lunch in our Gator Shack Restaurant, which is open seasonally.
8000 State Road 31
Punta Gorda, FL, US 33982

Military Heritage Museum

The mission of the Military Heritage Museum is to promote an understanding and respect for the rich military heritage of the United States and the sacrifices made by our country’s veterans, living and dead, emphasizing that freedom is not free. The Military Heritage Museum started out in a couple of closets – in an American Legion and a VFW post and now resides in a 2,500 square foot space at Fishermen's Village. This non-profit organization operates almost solely on donations and fundraisers and receives approximately 50,000 visitors per year. Admission is free...the experience is priceless.
1200 W. Retta Esplanade
Punta Gorda, FL, US 33950

Kingsway Country Club

Kingsway Country Club, which is conveniently located less than a half mile from I-75 (exit 170) and just minutes away from Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte, boasts a Par 72 Championship Golf Course redesigned by world-renowned golf course architect Ron Garl following Hurricane Charley. With the area’s best Tif Eagle greens and six sets of tees, Kingsway is fun and challenging for golfers of all skill levels. Kingsway also features an 18,000 sq. foot Old Florida style clubhouse with a fully stocked pro shop, an elegant dining room, a large Grille room with six flat screen televisions, a game room, and an outside verandah for relaxing. Kingsway is also within a half mile of nearly 400 hotel rooms and is the perfect place for weddings, banquets, business meetings, and parties.
13625 SW Kingsway Cir.
Lake Suzy, FL, US 34269

Muscle Car City

Opened the first week of March 2009, Rick Treworgy's Muscle Car City features nearly 200 automobiles of every era dating back to the 1920's. As per its name, the museum's major focus is on the "muscle cars" of the mid 60's to early 70's - the Pontiac GTOs, Chevy Corvettes, Oldsmobile Cutlass 442s, Chevelles, Camaros and high-horsepower Impalas that revved up the imaginations of teens and young adults all over. The museum includes a 60's diner themed cafe as well as a memorabilia gift shop carrying everything from T-shirts, posters and jewelry to neon signs and gas pumps. Admission: $12.50 onetime pass (plus tax) $6.00 child onetime pass (plus tax) $37.50 annual pass (plus tax) Children 2 and under FREE with adult. Group Rate: $11.00 (plus tax) per person for groups of 15+ people Museum Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 9am to 5pm Diner Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 8am to 4pm
3811 South Tamiami Trail
Punta Gorda, FL, US 33950