Best Walks in Punta Gorda and a bit about “WalkScore”
Punta Gorda is fortunate that many neighborhoods have sidewalks offering a safe way to enjoy a walk but actually lack a destination. Downtown Punta Gorda, Historic District and northeastern Punta Gorda Isles including Fishermen’s Village offer numerous places to walk to with many interesting places to enjoy.
These 3 areas benefit from Harborwalk which runs along Charlotte Harbor and Peace river and joins them together. One of the most important metrics of “walk scores” (more on that later) is how safe the neighborhood is. The city of Punta Gorda has always ranked near the top of safest place in Florida and my top 3 areas in Punta Gorda are among the safest. Let’s explore the 3 interconnected areas of Punta Gorda Isles Fishermen’s Village, Historic District and Downtown.
What’s up with this thing called “WalkScore” and why is it relevant to real estate?
Well it means a lot in my opinion because it’s an important component in determining where you may want to live. Consider that much of the population of southwest Florida is made up of retirees many being new to retirement life. Adjusting too a major life style change baby boomers can now find the time to enjoy and indulge in activities which had taken a back seat in the past. High on the list of things to do is walking…being good for your health and free time no longer a premium. In searching for real estate you may have seen something called “WalkScore” with values ranging from 0-100. The methodology of developing a particular areas walk score is varied and I don’t believe one standard fits all. Typically, scores are derived by having the ability of doing errands without need of a car. I’m of the opinion that this maybe a good measure in a larger metropolitan area but doesn’t reflect what a retired person living in Punta Gorda Isles is looking for.
Join me and Zelda for an early morning walk along Punta Gorda’s Harborwalk through the following 3 neighborhoods below.
Punta Gorda Isles and Fishermen’s Village Area
The northeast section of Punta Gorda Isles from Isles Yacht Club to Fishermen’s Village and streets off West Henry are prime walking neighborhoods. Fishermen’s Village remains one of the largest tourist attractions in all of southwest Florida offering 30 plus establishments for shopping and dining. Have a boat? No problem! Fishermen’s Village has a full-service marina and plenty of dockage around Fishermen’s Village makes it a great boater’s destination.
Being the furthest point west on Punta Gorda Harborwalk Fishermen’s Village is a favorite place to take a walk from. Harborwalk loops around the village and heads back east along the banks of Charlotte Harbor and Peace River through Gilchrist Park and downtown. This walk is 2.4 miles ending at its furthest point east at Bayfront Health. Also, from Fishermen’s Village you can pick up a connecting hub for Punta Gorda Pathways and Linear Park.
Nice walking loops can be put together starting from here with routes passing the new library and through History Park (site of Sunday’s Farmers Market from 8am to 1pm) and returning to Fishermen’s Village. This is one of many that can be put together from here.
(Put link in from my Fishermen’s Village walk published on PIPG Facebook page).
Here are a few pictures I took with Zelda while walking through the area…
Just east of Fishermen’s Village is the Historic District which is bordered to its north by Gilchrist Park and Charlotte Harbor and Peace River. To the east is downtown Punta Gorda and extending 3 to 4 blocks to the west encompasses the Historic District.
Gilchrist Park located along West Retta and flanked by Charlotte Harbor and Peace River is a fantastic park hosting numerous events throughout the year. Located at the eastern edge is Camillo’s a beautiful and fine Italian restaurant. Directly across street is Punta Gorda Waterfront Hotel and the popular Hurricane Charlies restaurant with both locations having Harborwalk pass directly in front of them on the river.
Downtown Punta Gorda
From the Historic District you can reach downtown via Harborwalk which travels under both south and north bound bridges of route 41. Carrying on to Laishley Marina, Laishley Crab Shack and Laishley Park.
Its proximity makes it a prime walking territory worthy of a high walk score rating. A few minutes west and you’re at Fishermen’s Village or east and you’re downtown. This location is itself an interesting place to walk among the historic homes. Laishley Crab House restaurant was built with old Florida style in mind. Harborwalk Scoops & Bites ice cream is down stairs and right on Harborwalk. Laishley Park hosts the popular annual Jazz and Wine Festival among other events. Harborwalk continues east along Peace River until you’ve reached Bayfront Health.
If you have the time, downtown has lots of nooks and crannies to explore with many interesting restaurants and establishments. Again, worthy of a high walk score.
Here are a couple of quick videos I took in Laishley Park…
Below are additional photos of the area…
So, whether you live in one of these three locations or just visiting take the time to explore in an interesting and relaxing walk around historic Punta Gorda. I think you would agree with me these are fun and interesting little journeys. To learn more about Punta Gorda or its real estate market please feel free to call or text me at anytime!