The city of Punta Gorda is framed by two beautiful bodies of water, the Peace River to its north and Charlotte Harbor to its west. And the best news of all – residents have easy access to both. This city, with a population of around 17,000, has earned so many accolades in recent years it’s hard to keep up with them all. “Best Small City in which to Live” and “Best City in which to Retire” are two that come to mind. Waterfront parks. Scenic vistas. Vibrant downtown. Gorgeous neighborhoods. Each of these describe Punta Gorda perfectly. Punta Gorda is a beautiful city and has some of the most friendly – and happy – residents in the Sunshine State.