Romance in Charlotte Harbor & Gulf Islands


By Heather Turk

Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or spending some quality time with the one you love, couples are sure to be enamored by Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands. Home to an array of romantic activities, lovebirds will find romance around every corner!


An aerial view of Palm Island Resort

An aerial view of Palm Island Resort

The perfect place to escape, this Cape Haze hideaway is accessible only by boat or car ferry service. Couples can kickback and go shelling and paddle boarding or just watch a spectacular sunset on the beach hand in hand.


Phoenix Rising Kayak Tours

A couple on a Don Pedro Island Paddle with Nature Walk tour with Phoenix Rising Kayak Tours

One of the area’s most romantic destinations, couples can book a four-hour paddle and nature walk tour out to Don Pedro Island State Park with this popular kayaking company. Guests will leave Englewood and head out to the beautiful barrier island, which is known for its white sand and turquoise waters. The easy paddle features a mangrove tunnel for kayakers to explore and an assortment of wildlife, including the occasional dolphin. Many kayakers also get married or renew their vows on the island. To guarantee that tours remain a romantic experience, no double kayaks—or “divorce makers,” as the crew calls them—are available!


Charlotte County’s only Golden Spoon restaurant, this elegant Punta Gorda establishment features a menu of ever-changing dishes with a Eurasian influence by celebrated chef Jeanie Roland—a five-time James Beard Award semi-finalist for Best Chef in the South. Couples can pair their exquisite selections with one of 12 wines by the glass or order a bottle of vino to share.


This Punta Gorda hotel’s Rooftop Lounge offers stunning 360-degree views of the city from six floors up and has been the site of more than 30 sunset proposals. Couples can enjoy live music Thursday through Saturday evenings while enjoying a sunset over Charlotte Harbor and sipping a cocktail from the bar. For a drink that’s just as sweet as your significant other, try the Pineapple Upside Down Cake Martini: Smirnoff Iced Cake vodka and pineapple juice with a drop of grenadine.


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