There are plenty of things to do when visiting or vacationing in Southwest Florida, and here are some good ideas to consider.


Some of our biggest attractions are local beaches and we have several to choose from that are all close The Courtyard.

There are several stores on the way to all the beaches that you can get lunch and fill a cooler at.

Englewood Beach - is on Manasota Key and is about a 30-minute drive.

Nokomis Beach - (we call north jetty) is peaceful & quiet. It is about a 45-minute drive.

Venice Beach - (we call Sharky’s Beach because of the restaurant that is there) is about a 40-minute drive. They have a nice pier that you can fish on or just take a stroll. They have a gift shop that you can rent things like shark tooth shifters and umbrellas.

Boca Grande - (does have a $6.00 toll bridge) has an awesome lighthouse to visit.

Fort Myers Beach - (south direction) is a little busier but people love it. From lots of shopping options, bars to keep entertained, and jet skis to rent to play all day. About an hour and ten minute drive.


If you like the outdoors, there are some lovely hikes and bike trails. You can rent bikes in Punta Gorda at the Acme Bike Shop.

Kayaking - Holidaze Boat Rental in Punta Gorda

Canoeing - Canoe Outpost-Peace River in Arcadia


Peace River Wild Life Center in Punta Gorda

Military Museum in Punta Gorda

Many people come to town to watch baseball. The Stone Crabs Stadium is spring training for the Tampa Bay Rays and is only a 10-minute drive.

Cool Today Stadium is in Venice and is spring training for the Atlanta Braves is a 25-minute drive.


We recommend checking out our Local Restaurants while in town. Some of our favorites are:

Deans South of the Boarder - Awesome breakfast! MUST get Bloody Mary’s!!

Lime Tequila - Best Carnitas plater- 2 of us share it, Love their Margaritas

Las Margaritas De Camila - Love the poblano peppers, great chips and salsa!

Plaza Mexico - Fabulous table side guac, chips and salsa. Love the Spicy Shrimp dish- Carmones a la Diabla.

Cuban Taste - Comfort food! A flavorful array of meat, rice, beans, and sides simmered in Cuban spices.

Nan’s Thai Noodle - SO many choices to choose from, be careful on your level of spiciness

Navigators - Best Grouper sandwich around- has live entertainment on various days

Prime Steakhouse - Best Prime rib-we get med rare and blackened

Wally’s BBQ - Delicious smoked chicken wings

Ice House Pub - Very delicious bar food with and Irish flair & lots of fun playing darts

Lashley’s Crab House - Yummy sushi!!

Leroy’s Southern Kitchen & Bar - authentic, upscale southern home cooking

Carmello’s Italian Ristorante - Best old fashions. Try the Bada Bing table side pasta

Pioneers Pizza - Love the Jersey Meatball deep dish

Amici’s Pizza - Great calzones and spectacular garlic knots!

If there is anything in particular that you would like to see while here, I would be happy to point you in the right direction!