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CHARLOTTE COUNTY COMMUNITY

Port Charlotte is nestled along Florida’s Southwest Gulf Coast, between Sarasota and Naples, about 100 miles south of Tampa.

Geography: Charlotte County provides some of the most beautiful natural settings Florida has to offer, with numerous upland and aquatic preserve areas to explore. Charlotte Harbor includes one of the world’s largest protected marine estuaries encompassing 270 square miles with 219 miles of natural shoreline. Charlotte Harbor/Gasparilla Sound Aquatic Preserve comprises nearly 80,000 acres of some of the most pristine and productive coastal areas in the state and a unique network of barrier islands and mangrove forests.

Regions: Vacation destinations include the barrier island community of Boca Grande; the historic city of Punta Gorda; Englewood; Port Charlotte; Little Gasparilla Island; Don Pedro Island; Manasota Key; Cape Haze; the picturesque fishing and arts village of Placida; and Palm Island, with its serene beaches accessible by ferry.

Climate: At 5 to 25 feet above sea level, Charlotte County enjoys a climate characterized as sub-tropic where extremes of temperature in both summer and winter are checked by the tempering influence of the Gulf of Mexico. Prevailing winds are an easterly average of 12-18 mph.

Seasons: Winter: January-March. At certain peaks, winter residents increase the population by 30%. April-December is considered low season. During this time, Floridians increase their visits to the area.

Lodging: A wide range of accommodations is available, designed to suit all price and style requirements. Options include hotels, motels, B&B’s, resort properties, RV recreation areas, and condo and home rentals.

Restaurants: Fresh seafood is abundant and the area boasts a wide selection of ethnic foods including French, Italian, Japanese, Thai, and Mexican. All-American cuisine is also in plentiful supply.

Beaches: Over twelve miles of sandy Gulf beaches share the coastline with the mangrove forests of Charlotte Harbor.

Golf: Choose from over sixteen magnificent courses throughout Charlotte County. Courses range from executive to championship level, each with scenic vistas and spectacular landscapes.

Attractions: Charlotte County features over 70 parks and recreational areas. Take a unique wildlife buggy tour through the silent beauty of an untouched cypress swamp. Set sail on a small boat cruise. Camp out under the stars. Snorkel right off your canoe in the Peace River. Ride a bicycle alongside real Bison at Babcock’s Wilderness Adventure, or come face-to-face with a gopher tortoise on an exhilarating hike through Cedar Point.

Shopping: From waterfront boutiques and malls, to antique fairs and flea markets, there are shopping opportunities for everyone. Historic Fishermen’s Village is a waterfront shopping and dining complex that is an attraction in itself.

Cultural: Local art agencies serve the community by promoting visual arts, theater, dance, music, arts & humanities, and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.

Airports: The area boasts four airports strategically located in well-populated areas for travel convenience: The Charlotte County Airport, Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ), Southwest Florida International Airport, Ft. Myers, (RSW), and Tampa International Airport (TIA).

Major Access
: The Seminole Gulf Railroad has excursion passenger and freight service; Major bus line has a station in Port Charlotte; the Charlotte County Airport has a 6,500 foot lighted runway plus two 5,000 foot runways; and AMTRAK includes bus service to and from Port Charlotte-Tampa train station.

Roads: Interstate-75 through Charlotte County has 22-miles running north/south with five exits (#27 to #31). U.S. 17 ends in Punta Gorda and U.S. 41, the Tamiami Trail, is the main highway running north/south.

Transportation: A variety of services including: auto rentals, taxi & limo service, bus and bicycle rentals.

Mileage from Florida Cities:
• Daytona: 183 miles
• Jacksonville: 238 miles
• Miami: 214 miles
• Orlando:129 miles
• Tampa: 52 miles

Charlotte Harbor & The Gulf Islands is located halfway between Sarasota and Naples on the Southwest Florida Gulf coast. Southwest Florida International Airport, 30 minutes to the south in Ft. Myers, provides convenient flight service.

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