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A couple years ago I visited Punta Gorda for a solo-trip with ManTripping and I fell in love with the destination. It has beaches, fishing, seafood, golf, great people and great food. Unlike other parts of Florida it has still maintained a solid sense of natural beauty without being over commercialized. Now we're headed back there with a group of amazing gentlemen to experience even more of what adventures await us there.

You can read more about ManTripping's experiences from before, Eating Crabs at Peace River Seafood, Golf in Punta Gorda, Riverwood Golf Club, Fishing In Punta Gorda / Charlotte Harbor, and of course an Ultimate Mancation Guide to Punta Gorda.

It's going to be an amazing opportunity to show this destination off to some of our favorite male bloggers. I'm looking forward to seeing what's new in Punta Gorda and Englewood Beach since last time we were there and stuff I missed out on the first time. 

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Thank You Brands and Tourism Partners:

We want to thank all the tourism partners from Punta Gorda and Englewood Beach who helped make this an incredible adventure:

Punta Gorda / Englewood Beach Tourism - You can follow our itinerary, but they should be your first stop when planning your "Pure Florida" adventure.

WannaB Inn - This was our hotel host during the trip. It's a fun kitschy beachfront resort that offers accommodations for groups of various sizes looking for a laid-back Florida Gulf Coast vacation.

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Food, Drinks and More!

Farlow's  On The Water - If you are looking for fantastic food and drinks this is the place to go. They offer a fun mixture of Tropical Florida and Southern favorites.

Peace River Seafood - This is my go-to-place for seafood and it's almost so good that you should plan a trip to Punta Gorda just for their All-You-Can-Eat blue crabs.

Lock 'N Key - A beach bar but so much more. They offer fantastic tropical drinks and excellent food inside but don't miss the bar outside with live music at night.

Gator Shack at Babcock Ranch - This was a standout surprise offering authentic soul food including fried alligator and some of the best greens I've had in decades.

Dean's South of The Border - Tex-Mex cuisine and a fun cantina with ice cold drinks. 

Beach Road Wine Bar and Bistro - When you are looking for more than frozen drinks, this is the place to go. They offer a fun bistro atmosphere on the water.

Fat Point Brewing - You can buy their cans in stores, but it's oh so much better to visit where the beer is born!

Alligator Bay Distillers - Rum is an essential component of any Florida guys weekend and I love visiting this place since they are producing some great sugarcane rums and it keeps getting better every year.

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Stuff To Do!

Fishing Charters - While Tarpon is the big game fish draw the water here is full of all sorts of different fish and you can enjoy on-shore and off-shore fishing. Some of our favorite guides include: Captain Jay of Silver Lining Charters

Babcock Ranch Eco Tours - This is probably the best way to experience the REAL Florida swamps and all the plants and animals who live there. You'll see alligators as well as horses and cattle on this working ranch.

Florida Tracks and Trails - If you are looking to get a muddy adrenaline rush then this is the place to go. They offer marked off-road trails and ATV rentals.

Muscle Car City Museum - No guys weekend is complete without classic cars and there's nearly 200 of them here including vintage Corvettes as well as unique finds.

Military Heritage Museum - This is a work of passion being driven by collectors sourcing memorabilia and other items from residents in the region. The museum boasts an impressive collection spanning virtually all eras of American military tradition.

Bert's Black Widow Harley-Davidson - If you love bikes then this is your place to go. They offer training courses as well as a full calendar of social events and concerts too.

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Getting Here and Around Town!

We also want to thank Toyota who provided us with a 2019 Toyota Sequoia so that we could drive around in comfort and style! This SUV might not be the sexiest or most tech-filled vehicle out there today but it's been a reliable truck that drives great and is comfortable for five grown men to take on an adventure on - and off-road.

Finally, we want to thank Allegiant Air for being a great tourism partner for Punta Gorda and Englewood Beach. They offer direct flights from a variety of Eastern and Mid-Western cities for those looking for a cheap and easy escape to experience what it means to explore Real Pure Florida!

Bloggers Who Joined Our Punta Gorda / Englewood Beach Florida Guys Weekend:







Pictures From Punta Gorda and Englewood Beach, Florida Guys Weekend:

The guys had an amazing time exploring the WILD SIDE of Florida. It's true ... the Best Side is Outside!

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James' passion for exploration and sense of duty to his community extends beyond himself. This means he is dedicated to providing a positive role model for other men and especially younger guys that need support so that they can thrive and be future positive contributors to society. This includes sharing wisdom, ideas, tips, and advice on subjects that all men should be familiar with, including: family travel, men's health, relationships, DIY advice for home and yard, car care, food, drinks, and technology. Additionally, he's a travel advisor and a leading men's travel influencer who has been featured in media ranging from New York Times to the Chicago Tribune, and LA Times. He's also been cited by LA Weekly "Top Travel Bloggers To Watch 2023" and featured by Muck Rack: "Top 10 Outdoor Journalists for 2022".

He and his wife Heather live in St Joseph, Michigan - across the lake from Chicago.