Punta Gorda Isles is a community that was started in the late 1950s as a brilliant idea of five young and ambitious businessmen, Bud Cole, Al Johns, Sam Burchers, Bob Barbee and Tom Messina. With approximately 55 miles of concrete seawalled canals that are 100’ wide and were originally dredged at 17’ deep, maintained by the City of Punta Gorda, this boaters’ paradise can accommodate sailboats with direct access and no bridges, as well as larger power boats that have easy access under bridges with higher height clearance of approximately 13’ more or less, depending on tides. The custom homes that have been built, whether older or brand new, have attractively landscaped yards with beautiful, colorful, tropical plantings that take your breath away. You feel yourself sigh as you enter the community and slow down a bit to take it all in. There are palm trees and brightly colored flowers everywhere.
The St. Andrews South Golf Club, a private members only club is in the heart of the Isles, with an 18 hole, par 71 course to perfect your game.
The beautiful Isles Yacht Club, located along Marion Avenue coming into the Isles, was completely rebuilt after Hurricane Charley and is bigger and better than ever. It offers a private members only club to enjoy fine dining, social events, tennis, fitness center, as well as a place to conveniently keep your boat if you don’t live on water.
Ponce de Leon Park, located at the southern end of the Isles, at the end of Marion Avenue and along Charlotte Harbor, is a peaceful 10-acre park with walking trails, boat ramp, fishing piers, beach area, and home to the Peace River Wildlife Center, where you can get up close to nature’s friends such as pelicans, eagles, turtles, and a pure white screech owl that live there after having been either injured or abandoned in the wild. You are also within walking or biking distance to Fishermen’s Village, where there is always something fun happening, as well as shopping, fine restaurants, and year round live entertainment.