Ho! Ho! Ho! Christmas is around the corner and although we know it's a time to prepare your favorite dishes reminding you of Christmases past, others want to leave the cooking (and cleaning) to someone else. If you're visiting our piece of Southwest Florida paradise this Christmas, here are a list of Englewood, Cape Haze and Rotonda area restaurants open Christmas Day 2011. It's highly recommended you call for dining reservations. Know of a restaurant open Christmas Day? Leave a comment and we'll update this list. Howard's Restaurant 1400 Aqua View Lane Englewood, FL 34223 Tel: (941) 473-0171 www.howardsonthewater.com Rum Bay Restaurant at Palm Island Resort (take the water taxi from behind Johnny Leverock's) 7092 Placida Road Cape Haze, FL 33946 Tel: (941) 697-0566 www.palmisland.com/dining/rum-bay-restaurant/ Flounders Restaurant & Tiki Bar 1975 Beach Rd. Englewood, Fla. Tel: (941) 460-8280 www.FloundersOnTheBeach.com If you're looking for additional Christmas Day dining options in Southwest Florida, see what restaurants will be open in Punta Gorda on Dec. 25.
About Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands
Florida's premier year-round eco-tourism destination, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands is known for its pristine, unspoiled beauty. The area has hosted seven major feature films, been featured on SAIL magazine's list of the "10 Greatest Places to Sail in the United States," ranked by Golf Digest as the "Third Best Place to Live and Play Golf in America," and rated by MONEY magazine as one of the "Best Places to Live in the South." For information about area events, activities and attractions, contact the Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf Islands Visitor and Convention Bureau, 18500 Murdock Circle, Suite B-104, Port Charlotte, FL; 941-743-1900, or call toll free at 1-800-652-6090 for a free Visitor's Guide; or visit the Web site at CharlotteHarborTravel.com.