Rotonda / Englewood area. There are a number of great restaurants locally and in the town of Port Charlotte.
The Country Hound Cafe: Varied menu available all day but has great breakfasts.
La Stanza: Delicious Italian food, more formal atmosphere. Dearborn Street, Downtown Englewood. Reservations. Tel: 941 475 1355.
Johnny Leverock’s Seafood House: Lovely view over the marina, great fish menu (steak and chicken also available), slightly more expensive but well worth the extra.
Gulf View grill: Lovely restaurant overlooking Englewood beach – great for beautiful sunsets but make a reservation to avoid disappointment. European style menu, good sized portions but a little more expensive. Proper dress required. Tel: 941 475 3500.
Rum Bay (Palm Island Resort on Palm Bay): Take the ferryboat from behind Johnny Leverock’s reservation suggested. Specials coupons often in local paper. Very busy at weekends, Monday – Thursday less busy.
A little further away in Port Charlotte town centre you will find the more famous restaurants such as Outback steak house, Denny’s, Bob Evans, Chilli’s, Red Lobster, TGI Fridays and more.
Outback Steakhouse: Australian theme restaurant. Great steaks also chicken and fish dishes. Located at Port Charlotte shopping mall.
Bob Evans: Great family restaurant delicious desserts. Very friendly staff. Specials for OAP’s. Located at Port Charlotte shopping mall.
Chilli’s: Great food including Mexican menu. Happy hour Monday – Friday until 7pm 2 for 1, great chance to try cocktails. Located at Port Charlotte Shopping Mall.
Red Lobster: Also in Port Charlotte Mall, specialises in sea food but has a full range menu including chicken and steak. Has great offers and good service.
Englewood Beach: Boardwalk, Rest Rooms, Showers, Picnic Tables, BBQ’s, Kids Playground, Volleyball, Horse Shoe Toss, Excellent Beach for Swimming, Walking and Shell Collecting, Restaurants 50 yards from Beach. Small cost for car parking.
Englewood Middle Beach, (Blind Pass): Beautiful scenic coastline ideal for swimming, fishing and shell collecting. Rest rooms and showers. Free parking.
Stump Pass: Over one mile of beach, excellent for swimming, walking and collecting shells.
Manasota Beach: This 14 acre stretch of beach and sand dunes has BBQ’s, picnic tables (sheltered), Rest rooms and showers, board walk. The beach is approx 3 miles north of Middle beach in Englewood.
Boca Grande & Gasparillo Island: A scenic drive to three beautiful beaches in a gorgeous location. BBQ’s, picnic tables, rest rooms and showers. Small fee for parking around $2 for day. The Loose Caboose is worth a visit for lunch in the small town.
Tennis Courts, Cycle Track, Nature Reserves, Community Park, Bowling, Cinema, Boat Trips, Fishing and Fishing Charters, Water Sports, Ice-Skating.
J N ‘Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge: (60-75 Mins) Worth a visit. Found on Sanibel Island a 4 mile drive offers viewing of water birds and the mangrove estuary system. ($5 Car, $1 Hiker/Biker) or take a guided tram tour.
The Everglades: (120 Mins) Take a trip south of Naples, around the swamps on a Hover-boat, see Racoons, Alligators and other Wildlife.
Busch Gardens: (90 Mins) Situated in Tampa, a Fun Theme Park with Animals, Shows, and Great Rides. (Roller-Coasters and Water Rides).
Florida is great for shopping. Locally there is a large mall in Port Charlotte. Wall Mart often has bargains. Prime Outlets in Ellenton is a designer outlet and is worth a visit on your way back to Tampa airport, it is situated on I75 north of Bradenton.
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