photo of fossilized shark teeth inside half of a scallop shell in the palm of a woman's handWe treasure our Outsiders—those who love being outdoors and adventuring off the beaten path. Our area, Florida’s Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast, is chock-full of outside activities. Meet some of our Outsiders here, and find inspiration for your next (or your first!) trip back here.

We're a quieter and less crowded destination and very nature-focused, with myriad outdoor adventure choices from land to sea.

Enjoy a swim in the gorgeous waters of The Gulf and find fossilized shark teeth and a wide variety of shells on our beautiful beaches while basking in a great view. Visit our Beaches page to find your perfect sand-scape. For a deeper exploration (apologies), we have several scuba dive shops in the area, as well, Fantasea Scuba in Port Charlotte and Gaspar's Dive and Board in Englewood.

Riding the Waves EcotoursWhen it comes to water, if you prefer “on” to “in,” try a nature, sunset—or even electric!—boat cruise, or rent a kayak, canoe, stand up paddleboard, or jet ski. Many businesses offer guided tours as well as “on your own” rentals. You can even pilot your own personal power catamaran! No matter your speed, you'll find something fun to do on the water. Visit our Boating & Watersports page for more.

Speaking of getting on the water, the fishing in our area, known as "The Tarpon Capital of the World," is legendary. Whether you’re into deep-sea, back-bay, or flats, you’ll find your fish here, including tarpon, Snook, redfish, barracuda, cobia and grouper. 

Tarpon FishingFishing is, of course, very popular in the area, so you're sure to find a fishing blog post or three to inspire you to get out there and drop a line.

 Our Fishing page offers a great overview of the area, listings of charters and guides, licensing information, interesting tidbits, and more. Check out our monthly Fishing Reports for insight into what you can expect to catch, when.

Ponce de Leon Park SunsetIf you’re looking for that “ahhhh” moment at the end of a fun-filled day, there’s nothing better than enjoying one of our amazing sunsets over the water at Port Charlotte Beach Park, Fishermen’s Village, the TT's Tiki Bar at The Four Points by Sheraton, or from the deck of any number of vessels on a sunset cruise! Visit our Attractions page and type "sunset" or "sunset cruise" into the search box to find an amazing experience.

We're excited to welcome you!