Welcome to Florida Weekly’s Best 1/2 section

Each year in late August we remind our Charlotte County and South Sarasota County readers about many of our marketers who were featured in our May 4th 2017 “Best of Charlotte County” section. More...

BEST WATERFRONT DINING AND ENTERTAINMENT

Fishermen’s Village

Shop till you drop, bop to live entertainment, catch a sunset by land or sea, and enjoy some of Punta Gorda’s best restaurants all in one location – the picturesque Fisherman’s Village right on Charlotte Harbor. More...

BEST PLACE TO PLEASE YOUR EARS

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra

For his fifth season with the orchestra, Maestro Raffaele Ponti has created an exciting and diverse program, promising “There will be something for everyone!” The season begins Nov. More...

BEST MEMBERS WITH THE BEST VIEW OF THE HARBOR

Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club

If you are looking for a wonderful dining experience, a place to meet new friends, a chance to network and socialize with fellow community business leaders, and a boating club second to none? Then this is the club to join!  More...

BEST FOR SIMPLE TO SIMPLY ELEGANT

The Caterer

Let The Caterer deliver just the right flavor to your next party or special event, no matter if it’s a small get-together with friends, an elaborate wedding reception, major milestone celebration or corporate seminar. More...

BEST OF BOTH SIDES OF THE BORDER

Dean’s South of the Border

Offering three squares and daily specials, Dean’s in Punta Gorda is the go-to destination for down-yonder Tex-Mex fare. Dine indoors or out on the cantina’s patio, enjoy live music or watch your team on 20 TVs. More...

BEST PLACE TO FEEL LIKE AN OLD FRIEND

Phil’s 41 Restaurant

Phil’s, a longtime fave for residents and tourists, offers daylong two-for-one happy hour adult beverages in the lounge or on the patio and a menu so diverse you’ll need more than one visit to sample its signature dishes. More...

BEST 27 YEARS ON 41 “INCREDIBLE”

Don Gasgarth’s Charlotte County Ford

For 27 “INCREDIBLE” years Don Gasgarth, owner of Don Gasgarth’s Charlotte County Ford, has brought his community style sales philosophy to Charlotte County and all of our surrounding areas. Today, as you drive on U.S. More...

BEST HIGH-TECH FOR TEETH

Cayo Costa Dental

As more evidence points to dental health’s role in overall health, Dr. Frederick J. Fox III continues to elevate dental care to the next level. More...

BEST ANGELS ON EARTH

Visiting Angels

When your loved ones need care, they need Senior Homecare by Angels from Visiting Angels, a national, private duty network of home care agencies, and the nation’s leading provider of non-medical senior care referral services. More...

BEST BUSINESS HOLIDAY DISPLAY

State Insurance / Brian Chapman Jr.

This second-generation company caters to all our insurance needs with a family-focused business philosophy and will scour its available resources to get us the best possible prices and coverage. More...

BEST MODERN MECHANIC WITH OLD-FASHIONED VALUES

Gregg’s Automotive Repair & Maintenance

For those of us who’ve come to believe new automotive technology and the computers in modern-day cars probably do incorporate a flux capacitor somewhere (and we just haven’t found it yet), we’re eternally grateful for owner Gregg Ma More...

BEST VISIONARY IN DENTAL CARE

Dr. Susan R. Brooks DDS PA

It takes a true visionary and a dedicated caregiver to provide day in and day out dental care for over 38 years. That’s Dr. Susan R. Brooks! She hails from Texas and has resided in Florida for the past 28 years. More...

BEST HEAD-TURNERS

Turning Heads on the Harbor Salon & Spa

Not only does Turning Heads perform complete makeovers with its full range of restorative beauty and spa services, the Charlotte Harbor salon recently underwent its own metamorphosis, creating a welcoming and upscale atmosphere. More...

BEST COMPLETE HEALTH CARE FOR WOMEN BY WOMEN

Dr. Charlene Okomski

Now this is truly a health care practice that offers complete care for women. Dr. More...

BEST IN BACK-END REPAIR

Dr. Alvaro R. Bada

No, we’re not talking about your car. Dr. Alvaro R. Bada is the self-proclaimed “King of Hemorrhoids” and other issues from the waist down. But his practice doesn’t “end” there. More...

BEST HEALTH SPA FOR THE MIND

Peace River Psychology Center

Have you ever thought, “I need the joy and fun back in my life”?  More...

BEST HOME REMODELING COMPANY THAT MAKES YOU SAY WOW

Cornerstone Builders of Southwest Florida

Can you recall a time when you had an experience with a business that made you smile and say, “Wow!”? That is what more than 20,000 satisfied customers of Cornerstone Builders have been saying for almost 30 years. More...

BEST MINDS IN BLINDS

Absolute Blinds

Don’t let the name fool you: This locally owned and operated one-stop shop sells more than blinds. More...

BEST IN PROMOTING “PUNTA GORGEOUS”

Denise Henry

Award-winning Re/Max Realtor Denise Henry loves Punta Gorda so much she officially owns the “Punta Gorgeous” trademark, a catchy phrase she’s been using for some time to encourage homebuyers to discover the city’s historic hom More...

BEST FOR LOCAL LOCATIONS

Sharon Kerr

The Coldwell Banker Realtor knows Charlotte County’s best places to live, including up-and-coming areas and those a little less known. From Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte to Harbor Heights, North Port, Lake Suzy and Arcadia, Ms. More...

BEST WAY TO LIGHT UP YOUR LIFE

Brothers Lighting & Fan Gallery

Brothers Lighting & Fan Gallery is one big happy family. Lights, chandeliers, pendants, bathroom fixtures, fans, outdoor, floor and table lamps, mirrors fill the two-story, 18,000-square-foot-plus showroom. More...

BEST WAY TO FIX A PROBLEM

Frantz EyeCare

It’s not every day that you get to help solve a problem for a well known and well loved former NFL player and coach. So when Mike Ditka came to Frantz EyeCare for his cataract surgery, the team at Frantz EyeCare were grateful and humbled. More...

BEST GIFT TO GIVE YOUR SPOUSE

Miracle Ear

“Huh? What’s that you say? I couldn’t make out what you said, honey.” Sometimes you’re not ignoring your spouse, you just really can’t hear very well – and who knows? More...

BEST PLACE NOT TO BE CAUGHT UNPREPARED

Active Door & Window

Owned and operated by three generations of the Volk family, Active Door & Window celebrates 50 years in business in 2017 and 30 in Southwest Florida. More...

BEST FULL SERVICE PROPERTY CLEANING

MaidPro of Southwest Florida

Whether its MaidPro Muscle for your tough cleaning jobs or MaidPro Monitoring Services for your home watch needs, this full-service firm that launched in Naples in 1995 will more than meet your needs. More...

BEST PLACE FOR A FIRST KISS

Perch 360

Chances are she or he won’t refuse your signature make-out move while snuggling under the turquoise umbrellas of the smooch-inspiring rooftop restaurant at the Wyvern Hotel. More...

BEST PLACE FOR FREE MUSIC

Fishermen’s Village

Every Friday and Saturday night, the center court at Fishermen’s Village in Punta Gorda becomes a concert hall of sorts. Visitors and locals alike drop in to enjoy an eclectic line-up of music, from acoustic to jazz to country. More...

BEST PRIVATE GOLF CLUB IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD

St. Andrews South Golf Club

Imagine a private golf club in your own backyard — 18 holes of championship golf, a classic clubhouse overlooking the golf course, fully stocked pro-shop, complete practice facilities, league play and many special social events all conveniently More...

BEST PLACE TO BE A BOOKSTORE CAT

Sandman Book Company

Bookshop cat and ghost chaser, Kitty-Wan Kenobi, is living the high life. Since 2009, he has been the cat-in-residence at Punta Gorda’s very own Sandman Book Company. More...

THE BEST PLACE TO PICNIC WITH TIGERS, GATORS, LIONS, BEARS...

Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary

You can “dine” with, not be “dined on,” just a few feet away from over 150 exotic animals at the Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary. It’s not a zoo but a rescue/rehabilitation, learning and conservancy for exotic animals. More...

BEST WATERFRONT PLACE TO BRUNCH WITH YOUR BUNCH

Hurricane Charley’s Raw Bar & Grill

Live music, Sushi Sam and sunsets over Charlotte Harbor happen every day at Hurricane Charley’s. But come Sunday, there’s a reason to arrive as early as 9 a.m. – or just stick around after Saturday night. More...

BEST PLACE FOR A CHANGE

The Wyvern Hotel, 360 Perch & 88 Keys Florida

Under new ownership by Edgecap Partners II LLC, an affiliate of Edgewater Group LLC (“Edgewater”) based out of Pennsylvania, The Wyvern has undergone a major metamorphosis with an emphasis on the Punta Gorda community.  More...

BEST BLEND OF NEW AND CLASSIC CONCEPTS

Village Fish Market & La Fiorentina

Sue and Nick Randall jumped at the opportunity to open a second Punta Gorda restaurant to complement their popular Village Fish Market at Fishermen’s Village. More...

BEST VARIETY ON OR OFF WHEELS

Mattas Motors

Saving money matters, as does finding just the right vehicle. For more than 45 years, the family owned and operated Mattas Motors has put drivers behind the wheel of quality pre-owned trucks, cars, motorcycles and off-road recreation vehicles. More...

BEST PLACE TO ROCK YOUR WORLD

Westchester Gold & Diamonds

As one of Southwest Florida’s largest buyers of gold, silver, diamonds, Rolex watches and antique and estate jewelry, Westchester Gold & Diamonds is guaranteed to have just what you need, whether you’re finally popping the question or More...

BEST SAFETY NET FOR MEDICAL, PHARMACY & WELLNESS SERVICES TO THE UNDERSERVED

Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic

Make no mistake: The uninsured, under-insured and underserved residents and the “working poor” of Charlotte County would be up the proverbial creek without the VBA Clinic. More...

BEST PLACE FOR TRANSFORMATION

Friendly Floors

Friendly Floors knows you can change your home’s mood simply by switching outdated flooring with right-now wood, wood-look tile, large-format tile and a host of new stone, hardwood and ceramic and porcelain tiles. More...

BEST DOCTOR TO LEND AN EAR

Harbor Audiology

If you find yourself nodding in disappointed agreement to a friend’s request to “call it a night” when they’re actually suggesting you go “find a bite,” it’s time to visit Dr. Ricardo Gauthier. More...

BEST KING OF COLONS!

Dr. Domingo Galliano

The king is in the building! Why? Dr. Galliano is Charlotte Counties only Certified Colon and Rectal Surgeon. In fact, Dr. More...

BEST DOCTOR WHEN YOU REALLY NEED A LIFESTYLE CHANGE

Dr. Elizabeth A. Triana, M.D., FAAFP

You can’t help feeling better when you first meet Dr. Triana. She is truly filled with happiness inside and out. It’s easy to see why… from her radio show to her commitment to patients, she goes the extra mile. More...

BEST PLACE WHERE TRUST HAS A NAME “ BAYFRONT HEALTH”

Bayfront Health Port Charlotte / Punta Gorda

When is comes to trust, Bayfront Health is second to none. The mission is to inspire trust and exceed the expectations of their patients, physicians and our community.  More...

BEST COMMUNITY COMMITMENT IN A WILD SETTING!

Panter Hollow Dental Lodge

Panther Hollow Dental Lodge has been serving the dental needs of Charlotte County since 1970. Panther Hollow Dental Lodge opened in April of 2005, and we are celebrating our 12th anniversary at the current location.  More...

BEST PARK-LIKE EXPERIENCE

Pottery Express & Bamboo Farm

Don’t be surprised when the kids want to help you pick out your next Mexican Talavera pot or Oriental garden art. More...

BEST WELCOME MAT

Hometown Title & Closing Services LLC

The professionals at Hometown Title & Closing Services have grown its business by putting the customers first. Their professionals aren’t put off by customer questions. More...

BEST REPORT CARD, THREE YEARS RUNNING

Fawcett Memorial Hospital

It’s important to know who to trust with your family’s health because you want the very “BEST.” Fawcett Memorial Hospital has been serving the community since 1975 and has been recognized as an America’s Top 100 Hospital More...

BEST GOLDEN YEARS

Lexington Manor

You won’t find a warmer or more welcoming assisted living community than Lexington Manor. While they offer assistance with activities of daily living — bathing, dressing, medication management, etc. More...

BEST REASON TO BREAK UP WITH YOUR MAKEUP

Will Anthony Permanent Cosmetics

Say goodbye to mascara with no staying power or eyebrows that melt in Southwest Florida’s sun. More...

BEST PLACE TO SEE AND LOOK YOUR BEST

Center for Sight

Center for Sight is one of the leading, multi-specialty vision, cosmetic and skin care ophthalmology practices in the United States.  More...

BEST POV IN WRITING

Amberg Insurance

It’s unlikely anyone in the history of the world has ever admitted to enjoying shopping around for insurance (except maybe that too-cheery lizard), but Amberg simplifies the process by providing home, health, auto, life and boat insurance under More...