If there is an embodiment of the charming Florida coastal community, then it must be Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands on Florida’s Southwest Gulf coast. Surrounding Charlotte Harbor, the state’s second largest marine estuary into which the Peace and Myakka rivers flow, this diverse blend of artsy towns, serene fishing communities and barrier islands brims with unparalleled natural beauty, recreation, pristine beaches, arts, culture, and historic sites. The expansive landscape of unspoiled islands, upland pine flatwoods, meandering waterways, mangrove shorelines, and dune-fringed beaches is a watercolorist’s dream.