Summer is here and there are plenty of fun activities to do in and around Punta Gorda, Florida.  Located on the beautiful Charlotte Harbor, the community lends itself to water activities, especially in the summer. In addition to enjoying the unique boutiques and restaurants in waterfront Fisherman’s Village, visitors and residents have many options to get out on the water.

"It’s Time Kayak and Canoe Company" has been offering water-based fun for all ages and interests. They offer boat rentals as well as guided tours around Charlotte Harbor and the local creeks which pepper the area. Bring your own kayak or rent one of theirs and enjoy the Mangrove forest creeks which have remained relatively unchanged for hundreds of years. For the newbies, they offer classes to help you learn the basics of kayaking and get you out on the water. It’s Time Kayak and Canoe Company also offers kayak fishing with specially outfitted kayaks and guides.

Not interested in getting that close to the water? The award winning Farmer’s Market might be more your style. Located downtown and open year round, the Farmer’s Market was voted the best small market in Florida and 15th in the country. Vendors showcase a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, dried fruits and nuts, bakery, homemade pasta, meats and seafood and so much more. Artisans of all types present local arts and crafts. Enjoy a freshly brewed cup of coffee as you much on delicious baked goods and other treats. Open each Saturday from 8am to noon (summer) and 8am to 1pm (winter), the Farmer’s Market has become a Saturday tradition in Punta Gorda, Florida. Live music adds to the festive atmosphere.

Punta Gorda, Florida is ready for summer. As visitors and residents, alike look for ways to enjoy the season. From world-class shopping and dining to outdoor water based activities and more, there is something for everyone to explore and enjoy this summer.