- One must be a fox in order to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten off wolves. Machiavelli Niccolo
Visit Charlotte, Florida
Tropical beaches and islands to explore. Discover Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf Islands, nature’s wonderland, nestled in the heart of southwest Florida with kilometers of unspoiled coastline along the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy the warmth of the sun and the sand at your toes while uncovering charming treasures the area offers. Port Charlotte was named the No. 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 home to pristine beaches and an array of outdoor activities. Escape, explore and unwind.
Fishing and Kayaking
Internationally known as a fishing destination, 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.” 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 from about one to 29 kilometers.
Golfing and Baseball
As if near-perfect weather weren’t enough, Golf Digest ranked Charlotte Harbor the ‘‘Third Best Place in America to Live and Play Golf.” Two of the area's were awarded 4 1/2 stars. Twenty-one scenic courses range from executive to championship level. Charlotte Sports Park gives fans two reasons to cheer: spring 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 Baseball action.
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 Charlotte County. Find the perfect souvenir at one of the festivals hosting hundreds of artists, gourmet food and live entertainment. A favorite of locals and visitors alike is Punta Gorda’s Wine & Jazz Festival on the banks of the Peace River.
Charlotte County’s dining scene features 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 ask select restaurants to prepare their freshly cleaned catch any delicious way. Whatever the craving, there’s a restaurant to satisfy every palate.