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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
art agencies serve the community by promoting visual arts,
theater, dance, music, arts & humanities, and the Charlotte
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.
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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