Escape to a tropical paradise with our top picks for the best exotic getaways.
Stay: The Wyvern Hotel in Punta Gorda is equipped with lush bathrobes provided in every room with tranquil Charlotte Harbor views; 941/639-7700.
Eat: For a taste of fresh, local cuisine, try Emery's (501/702-2929) in Punta Gorda. The open-air restaurant features a variety of dishes, with everything from stew chicken to whole fried snapper.
Do: Trek through towering mangroves toward the center of the island, where you'll find a small, serene lagoon.