Christmas at Fishermen’s Village, Punta Gorda, Florida

Flip-flops on a tree.: click to enlarge.

Developer Isaac Trabue had Punta Gorda platted in 1885 as a typical Florida town to serve winter visitors, agriculture and fishing at the mouth of the Peace River.  For a brief period until the railroad moved further south, it was the leading phosphate shipping point in the world.

Fishermen’s Village opened in 1980 on the site of the 1928 Maud Street City Dock.  Two fishing companies built the dock out into the wide Peace River mouth emptying into Charlotte Harbor and Gasparilla Sound.  Today, the dock is a shopping, dining and resort complex.

A marina has slips for over a hundred vessels up to sixty feet long.  The pier has two levels with over thirty shops and restaurants on the first level and time-share apartments on the second.  Boat and kayak rentals and guided tours are offered as well as occasional free concerts.

We enjoy waterside dining, sunsets, and just browsing among the shops with their very aquatic Florida feel.

During the holiday season last year, we were amused at a Christmas tree decorated with flip-flops, so we went back to see what they had done this year.  No flip-flops were seen but it was a fun display of lights and decorations well worth a visit.

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PS: San Francisco has more to offer than Punta Gorda, but Fishermen’s Village was more fun than Fisherman’s Wharf.


About ralietravels

Ray and Alie (Ralie) are a retired couple who love to travel. Even during our working years, we squeezed a trip in whenever we could, often when we had to stretch the budget to do so. We have been fortunate to vacation in all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada and one territory and a little more than 50 countries. We like to drive, but we particularly love to travel back roads to find unusual sights, people, and experiences.
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6 Responses to Christmas at Fishermen’s Village, Punta Gorda, Florida

  1. JohnRH says:

    Nicely decorated. M’lady’s uncles live several miles from there and we’ve been to the marina. Might have eaten at The Captains Table if I recollect correct, but I had to look it up.

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    • ralietravels says:

      Captain’s Table is on the second level at the end of the pier. A more casual restaurant [pictured] is below it on the first level.

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      • Keith & Loraine Beckman says:

        The flip flops on the tree were cute. We have seen bras and tennis shoes put on trees in our travels. Keith’s cousin lived in Punta Gorda near the beach and he did some beautiful paintings there. He has since passed on. thanks again for the travel. Love Loraine

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  2. Sue Slaght says:

    Looks like a wonderful place to explore and to sit ans take in the festive scene. Isn’t it great fun to find unique things that just cant help but make one smile. That flip flip tree will have me smiling all day long. Wishing you a joyous holiday season. Many thanks for your comments on our blog over the year. What a delight to chat back and forth.

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    • ralietravels says:

      Agreed. I have begun to regard you guys and several others as friends although we have never met. Our 2014 cross-US and cross-Canada trip took us your way. Maybe someday we will be back that direction. I envy how close you are to the mountains. I think the stretch of highway between Banff and Jasper is the most beautiful spot in N. America.

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