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Nature's Wonderland in Charlotte County, Florida


Discover Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf Islands, nature’s wonderland, nestled in the heart of southwest Florida with miles of unspoiled coastline off the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy the warmth of the sun and the sand at your toes, while uncovering the many charming treasures the area has to offer. Port Charlotte was named the “#1 U.S. Best Value Destination” by Trivago and is centrally located between five local airports: Punta Gorda, Tampa, St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Sarasota-Bradenton and Fort Myers. Charlotte Harbor is not only home to pristine beaches but also an array of outdoor activities. Escape, explore and unwind with the sampling of activities.

Fishing

Internationally renowned as one of the world’s top sport fishing destinations, Sport Fishing magazine recently named Boca Grande Pass and Charlotte Harbor tops in the world for tarpon fishing. Known as “silver king,” schools of this magnificent fish return April through June to Charlotte Harbor, the “Tarpon Fishing Capital of the World.”

Golfing

As if near-perfect weather weren’t enough, Golf Digest ranked Charlotte Harbor the ‘‘Third Best Place in America to Live and Play Golf.” The area boasts two courses awarded 4-1/2 stars. Twenty-one scenic courses range from executive to championship level.

Spas

Pamper your inner being with rejuvenating care and relaxation. Local spas have your indulgences covered with a mix of beach massages, facials, manicures and other beautifying treatments.

Art and Music Festivals

Art spills into the streets of Punta Gorda with murals depicting the city’s history. Pick up a walking guide and a free loaner bicycle and pedal through downtown. Classes, workshops and exhibitions can be found throughout the county. Find the perfect souvenir at one of the art festivals hosting hundreds of artists, gourmet food and live entertainment. A favorite of locals and visitors alike is Punta Gorda’s Wine & Jazz Festival held on the banks of the Peace River.

Kayaking

You’ll find 200 miles of paddle-friendly waterways waiting to be explored by kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard. Access diverse trails offering various levels, from novice to expert, and ranging less than a mile to longer than 18 miles.

Baseball

Charlotte Sports Park gives fans two reasons to cheer: Training games with the Tampa Bay Rays and minor league ball with the Charlotte Stone Crabs. The area puts you in the center of Major League Spring Training action.

Local Cuisine

Charlotte County’s dining scene boasts an eclectic mix of fresh seafood shacks, charming sidewalk cafes and scenic waterfront eateries. Dining districts include downtown Punta Gorda, Fishermen’s Village and Englewood’s Dearborn Street. Fishermen can allow the Village Fish Market Restaurant to prepare their fresh cleaned catch any delicious way. Whatever the craving, there’s a restaurant to satisfy every palate.

Farmers' Markets

Charlotte County’s dining scene boasts an eclectic mix of fresh seafood shacks, charming sidewalk cafes and scenic waterfront eateries. Dining districts include downtown Punta Gorda, Fishermen’s Village and Englewood’s Dearborn Street. Fishermen can allow the Village Fish Market Restaurant to prepare their fresh cleaned catch any delicious way. Whatever the craving, there’s a restaurant to satisfy every palate.

Trip ideas near Charlotte Harbor, Florida

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