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Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach: The Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast, is the branding for Visitor & Convention Bureau responsible for the marketing of Charlotte County, Florida as a welcoming destination for visitors to our area. We are located halfway between Tampa and Naples on the Southwest coast.

  • Celebrating the Centennial in 2021 was established in 1921; population approximately 189,000
  • Covers 701 square miles; 448,640 acres surrounding Charlotte Harbor
  • 365 miles of canals: 190 miles of saltwater and 175 miles of freshwater
  • Florida Fish & Wildlife Research Institute reports shoreline mileage for Charlotte County at 830 miles including river passages, mangrove edged aquatic preserve and more than a dozen miles of Gulf beaches
  • Approximately 84% of the Charlotte Harbor estuary shoreline is preserved upland with 38% of county land set side for conservation. Conservation Charlotte, a legislative initiative passed by area voters in November 2006, will generate $77 million to purchase additional lands for conservation.
  • Canoe/Kayak Charlotte Harbor Blueway Trails – 53 trails for a total of 197.8 miles
  • Charlotte Harbor, fed by the Peace and Myakka rivers is the 17th largest estuary in the nation and the 2nd largest estuary in the state encompassing 270 square miles
  • The 106-mile long Peace River is one of the longest rivers in Florida which finds its terminus in Charlotte Harbor. The Spanish are credited for naming the waterway in 1544 as Rio de la Paz - river of peace.
  • The Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park is the 4th largest state park of which 30,000 acres are in Charlotte County. Enjoy the vast hiking opportunities including the Old Datsun Trail
  • Babcock/Webb Wildlife Management Area encompasses 79,013 acres or 124 square miles of the largest undisturbed pine flatwoods in SW Florida and the 7th largest wildlife management area in the State
  • Designated one of the top ten sailing destinations by SAIL magazine
  • Ranked 3rd "Best in America" to live and golf by Golf Digest; "…golf has surpassed baseball as the national pastime for a generation of Americans now more intent on playing than watching sports."
  • 256 species of fish (salt and freshwater). Charlotte Harbor "…one of the most popular sport fishing locales in Florida." Report study by National Wildlife Federation and the Florida Wildlife Federation
  • Charlotte Harbor's fishing and birding experience is bolstered by the vast protection of Harbor upland and marine sanctuaries including Island Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Island Bay is only 1 out of 4 coastal marine wilderness areas in the United States. The 20-acre Refuge was established as a "…preserve and breeding ground for native birds" on October 23, 1908, by President Theodore Roosevelt and signed into Public Law in 1970 by President Richard Nixon.