The newest town in Charlotte County is an incredibly forward-thinking, eco-centric, solar-powered city. It's taking shape in southern Charlotte County. Read more about Babcock Ranch here.
Set on Gasparilla Island, the historic village of Boca Grande offers old world charm, quaint shops and restaurants, and gorgeous beach views. Boca Grande is known as the "Tarpon Capital of the World" and has often been visited by presidents and celebrities. Gasparilla Island is split between two counties, with the northern third and bridge access located in Charlotte County.
Don Pedro Island
Don Pedro Island, the middle island of the Knight/Don Pedro/Little Gasparilla chain, is predominantly a state park, which is accessible only by boat, ferry, or kayak/canoe. The state park has a land base that offers parking and dock for ferry services offered by Captiva Cruises. Ranked Florida's "most tranquil beach" by USA Today readers.
Charming El Jobean has its own old-Florida flair. A former winter home for circus and carnival performers, it features a historic post office museum and cafe that hosts weekly Bluegrass jam sessions.
Located on Lemon Bay, off the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, Englewood remains one of Florida’s best-kept secrets... well, almost: The area was named as a "Top Ten U.S. Destination for 2009" by TripAdvisor™ TravelCast. Englewood is a beach community which thrives on its nature parks, cultural events, beaches, fishing and arts offerings. Read more about Englewood-Cape Haze here.
Englewood is not only home to beautiful beaches, but also offers direct boating access to the Gulf of Mexico and some of the best sport fishing in Florida.
Knight Island (Palm Island)
Knight Island, often referred to as Palm Island (the name of the large resort/community on the island) offers a true escape. Explore miles of white sandy beach and crystal clear waters on your retreat away from the world. Resort and vacation homes are available on the island. A car ferry (or water taxi) to get there adds to the remote feel of this island getaway.
Little Gasparilla Island
From the inlet of Gasparilla Pass to Don Pedro Island, this cool little island with vacation rentals is another great remote getaway. Water taxi, charters, private boats and canoes/kayaks are the connection to the mainland. There are no bridges or car ferries... so you won't see any automobiles on this island.
Two jewels you will find on Manasota Key are Chadwick Park at Englewood Beach and the Stump Pass Beach State Park. Sparkling water, sandy shores, hidden seashells and a lot of sunshine! Englewood Beach is located on Manasota Key.
If you’re looking for adventure, this secluded Gulf Coast community hosts any number of fun-in-the-sun pursuits. Placida offers excellent catch-of-the-day dining, charming home-away-from-home accommodations, and original art galleries. Placida also hosts seasonal art/craft shows and bi-annual seafood festivals.
Port Charlotte, the county’s geographical center, is home to the Charlotte Sports Park, home of Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training as well as the Minor League high-a affiliate of the Rays, the Charlotte Stone Crabs. Right next door to the Park is one of the nation's top Harley-Davidson® dealerships, Bert's Black Widow. Read more about Port Charlotte here
The city of Punta Gorda is a historic town that lies along beautiful Charlotte Harbor. Streets lined with huge royal palms, beautifully restored period homes with wide verandas, brick lanes, street lamps and benches present a tangible old-Florida atmosphere. Nearly everything is waterfront here from hotels and shopping to parks and fine dining. Read more about Punta Gorda here.
About the Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast
Florida's premier year-round eco-tourism destination, Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach, The Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast, is known for its pristine, unspoiled beauty. The area has hosted seven major feature films, been featured on SAIL magazine's list of the "10 Greatest Places to Sail in the United States," ranked by Golf Digest as the "Third Best Place to Live and Play Golf in America," and rated by MONEY magazine as one of the "Best Places to Live in the South." For information about area events, activities and attractions, contact the Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor and Convention Bureau, 1700 Tamiami Trail, Suite G-2, Port Charlotte, FL; call 941-743-1900 for a free Visitor's Guide; or visit the Web site at PureFlorida.com.