PUNTA GORDA/ENGLEWOOD BEACH, Fla. (July 10, 2020) – Punta Gorda has been named a winner in the USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest in the category of Best Small Town Food Scene (No. 2). For the contest, a panel of experts, including editors from USA TODAY and 10Best.com, revealed a list of 20 nominees in the category, then gave readers four weeks to vote for their favorite.


Punta Gorda ranked No. 2 on the 10Best Small Town Food Scene list, after Abingdon, Virginia (No. 1), and is the only Florida town to make the list. The list consists of the top 10 small towns, each with a population of fewer than 25,000, which have big food scenes with chef-driven restaurants, local flavors and plenty of variety, especially given their small size.


“We are thrilled to have Punta Gorda recognized by USA TODAY’s 10Best and delighted to have been ranked in the top of the list at No. 2 for Best Small Town Food Scene,” said Sean Doherty, Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor and Convention Bureau Interim Director. “Our town boasts a bounty of unique, local flavor to share, along with an amazing roster of restaurants offering exemplary food and drink, service, ambiance and experiences. We hope to see this contribute to a strong and positive recovery for the Punta Gorda restaurants so greatly impacted by COVID-19 and help to stimulate the local economy post-crisis.”


For the full list of winners of USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards, and more information, visit: https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-small-town-food-scene-2020/.


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Located on Florida’s coveted Southwest Gulf Coast, halfway between Tampa and Naples, Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach is a charming collection of coastal communities surrounding the state’s second largest harbor. Florida’s premier year-round eco-tourism destination, the area offers pristine, unspoiled beauty. A haven for outdoor enthusiasts, Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach showcases a variety of vibrant experiences. From beaches to boating, hiking to harbor tours, fishing to nature discovery; to sun, shelling and fossilized sharks teeth, the destination celebrates the active traveler and lively local in search of relaxation and unlimited discovery. Most notably known for its 830 miles of pristine unparalleled shoreline, including captivating river passages, a mangrove-edged aquatic preserve and more than a dozen miles of natural Gulf beaches, the Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast includes the areas of Boca Grande, Don Pedro Island, El Jobean, Englewood-Cape Haze, Little Gasparilla Island, Manasota Key, Knight Island, Placida, Babcock Ranch, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda. To learn more about Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach, visit http://PureFlorida.com or call 1-800-652-6090 or engage with the destination on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @RealPureFlorida. Looking for fast, unique destination facts? Click HERE!



10Best.com provides users with original, unbiased, and experiential travel content of top attractions, things to see and do, and restaurants for top destinations in the U.S. and around the world. The core of the site's uniqueness is its team of local travel experts: a well-traveled and well-educated group who are not only experts in their fields - and their cities - but discriminating in their tastes. These local experts live in the city they write about so the content is constantly updated. 10Best.com averages 5 million visitors per month. It was acquired by USA TODAY in January of 2013.



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