Travelers seeking to learn about the environment, how to become better environmental stewards, and escape life’s stresses have been enjoying the joys of nature-based tourism. Perhaps no place better presents a firsthand look at nature and the environment than Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach in the Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast, with its 830 miles of shoreline incorporating barrier islands, unspoiled beaches, mangrove habitats, pine flatwoods, meandering rivers, canals and creeks, all outlining Florida’s second largest marine estuary.