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…

Fishermens Village Entrance

Fishermens Village Entrance

 

2. Harborwalk Fishermen's Village beach on west side

Harborwalk Fishermen’s Village beach on west side

 

Harborwalk north side between marina and Fishermen's Village

Harborwalk north side between marina and Fishermen’s Village

 

Click here to see a few homes for sale in Punta Gorda Isles and close to Fishermen’s Village.

 

Historic District

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.

Harborwalk leaving Fishermen's Village on West Retta and Gilchrist Park Historic District

Harborwalk leaving Fishermen’s Village on West Retta and Gilchrist Park 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.

Harborwalk Early Morning

Harborwalk Early Morning

 

Gilchrist Park Gazebo Historic District

Gilchrist Park Gazebo Historic District

 

Click here to see a few homes for sale near the Historic District.

 

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.

Charlotte County Event and Conference Center

Charlotte County Event and Conference Center Downtown

 

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.

Early Morning Laishley Marina

Early Morning Laishley Marina Downtown

 

Sheraton Four Points Hotel Downtown

Sheraton Four Points Hotel Downtown

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.

Click here to see a few homes for sale near the Downtown area.

Here are a couple of quick videos I took in Laishley Park…

Below are additional photos of the area…

Skip The Artist Painting The Beautiful Murals

Skip the Artist Painting the Beautiful Murals

Murals Being Painted Under Route 41 Bridge

Murals Being Painted Under Route 41 Bridge

Laishley Park Entrance To Vietnam Memorial

Laishley Park Entrance to Vietnam Memorial

Hurricane Charley Memorial Laishley Park

Hurricane Charley Memorial Laishley Park

Short Cut To Harborwalk From Laishley Marina

Short Cut To Harborwalk From Laishley Marina

Gilchrist Park Statue Of Ponce De Leon

Gilchrist Park Statue of Ponce de Leon

Back Of Hurricane Charlie S Waterfront Restaurant

Back of Hurricane Charlie_s Waterfront Restaurant

Harborwalk North Side Fishermen's Village In Front of Harpoon Harry's And Captians Table

Harborwalk north side Fishermen’s Village in front of Harpoon Harry’s and Captians Table

Harborwalk Beside Punta Gorda Waterfront Hotel Looking Toward Fishermens Village

Harborwalk beside Punta Gorda Waterfront Hotel Looking Toward Fishermens Village

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!

Ken Poirier

Hi, I'm Ken Poirier a local area resident and Realtor in Punta Gorda, Fl. To learn more about the incredible real estate available in the Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte and North Port areas, please feel free to contact me directly by phone at (941) 661-9773, email ken@paradiseinpuntagorda.com or connect with me on Facebook.

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