Port Charlotte is most known for its beautiful beaches, its protected harbor, and for hosting the major-league baseball team, the Tampa Bay Rays during spring training. According to CNN Money, this laid-back Gulf Coast town, just across Charlotte Harbor from pricier Punta Gorda, arguably best hits the sweet spot of great prices and great amenities. 40% of the homes sit on canals and waterways leading to the harbor - which has 270 square miles of cruising waters and 219 miles of protected shoreline.
Whether you enjoy gliding down the Peace River in a kayak or reeling in Tarpon from the Gulf of Mexico, the community of Port Charlotte has something to engage and excite every outdoor lover, including numerous upland and aquatic preserves. Charlotte Harbor boasts one of the world's largest protected marine estuaries, encompassing 270 square miles and 219 miles of natural shoreline. The confluence of the Peace and Myakka Rivers comprises some of the most vibrant coastal areas in the state and include a unique network of barrier islands and mangrove forests. Other amenities include 16 golf courses, numerous annual sporting events and abundant recreational facilities. But water is far from the only reason to move here. The area boasts top-notch medical facilities. The town's Cultural Center houses a 500-seat theater and offers year-round classes in everything from Japanese embroidery to belly dancing. And there's great bird watching in 42,000-acre Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park, which has hundreds of avian species and is crisscrossed with hiking trails and kayaking blueways.
A visit to Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands means a peaceful getaway on Southwest Florida's Gulf Coast. As Florida's premier ecotourism destination, Charlotte Harbor is off the beaten path and free of Florida's crowds, yet still offers world-class sailing, boating, fishing, birding, shopping, dining and arts. One of SAIL Magazine's "10 Greatest Places to Sail." Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands offers visitors nature adventures like paddling hundreds of miles of Blueways trails, exploring five National Wildllife Refuges and discovering prime birding opportunities. Relax on the uncrowded beaches, and enjoy unique shopping and dining experiences and a thriving arts community.
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