Located right on the waterfront in Punta Gorda, the collection of shops, restaurants and resort accommodation is in beautiful warehouse-style buildings. Free to visit with plenty of parking, this recreated Fishermen’s Village makes a great day trip from Fort Myers, Sarasota or Naples.
It’s a wonderful place to head for on a sunny day to enjoy a drink overlooking Charlotte Harbor near the estuary of the Peace River. Browse the well-stocked boutiques and shops in the shady arcade and enjoy live entertainment and special events which the village frequently hosts.
Marina Views over Charlotte Harbor
The waterfront setting could not be lovelier. Part of the complex includes an award-winning marina with 97 slips accommodating bobbing leisure cruisers, fishing boats and luxury yachts of all sizes. Along with permanent slips, fuel dock and a ship’s store, there is free docking for anyone arriving for the day by private boat.
The marina was awarded National Marina of the Year 2008 by Marina Dockage Magazine to add to its other awards and recommendations. If you like getting out on the water, Fishermen’s Village offers kayak rentals, sightseeing and fishing charters as well as boat rentals.
Dine in Style at Fishermen’s Village
Take a seat outdoors at Harpoon Harry’s or the Captain’s Table where you can enjoy the sea breeze and watch the boats coming and going in the harbor basin as you eat. The Village Fish Market is the place for those who love fish and seafood. This upscale restaurant was voted Best Seafood Restaurant, and when you visit you’ll see why!
The Village Oyster Bar also specializes in steaks cooked to perfection, and for dessert stop by Simply Sweet, which features Norman Love Chocolates! For refreshments at other times, the Good ‘Ole Days Coffee Cafe is a pleasant café for drinks and light bites.
Shops, Boutiques and More!
The attractive shops are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays with extended hours during high season. It’s fun to stroll along and browse the lovely boutiques which remain competitively priced yet include some top brands such as Jospeh Ribkoff.
Palms on the Pier has a good range of Brighton and Vera Bradley goods and male visitors are not forgotten with their own fashion house of separates and informal wear at the Captain’s Landing.
For those in your group who are not interested in shopping, direct them to the free 2500 square foot Military Heritage Museum where they can view thousands of military artifacts and memorabilia.
Once you’ve splurged at the Courtyard Boutique and Nichole’s Collections you may be tempted by the range of accessories, shoes, and bags at the Ruby Slipper or Trader Jack’s, which is well-known for sandals, hats and other necessities. For beachwear, you’ll be spoiled for choice at Island Fever, Caribongo, and JJ’s.
If you really don’t want to leave at the end of your visit, check out the luxury vacation villas that are located overlooking this charming waterfront. The two-bedroom suites sleep up to 6 guests and enjoy a full kitchen, loft and balcony with harbor views. It’s the perfect place to sit and watch the sun go down over this beautiful harbor.
Guests get to enjoy all the resort amenities including a heated pool, tennis courts, bicycles, laundry, bicycle rental and of course a top choice of shopping and dining options right outside your door!