Punta Gorda was named "the best small city in America" and combines the very best of what Florida has to offer. Its Old Florida charm has been carefully preserved, from its unique historic architecture to quaint cobbled streets. Punta Gorda is one of the last remaining pedestrian-friendly cities in the area. Frequent entertainment and cultural programs are held in Laishley Park, Charlotte Harbor Event Center and the Center for Performing Arts. Take advantage of the free bicycle loaner program to explore further. It is a paradise for fishermen, boaters, sportspeople, sun-worshippers and shoppers and offers highly ranked schools, unique shops, restaurants and lodging facilities. Numerous navigable canals lead to Charlotte Harbor and the ICW.