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Charlotte Harbor Event and Conferenc Center

Top Ten Reasons to Bring Your Meeting to Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Island Coast

1. Natural Setting

The communities of Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte and Englewood, which represent 3 distinct areas of Charlotte County, offer an “Old Florida” ambiance to your meeting.

2. Location

Centrally situated on the waterfront in Southwest Florida, the Charlotte Harbor area is equidistant to Tampa and Naples as it is from Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale/Miami.  There are over 12 million people that reside within a 150 mile radius of Charlotte County.

3. Affordability

Hotel/venue rates, food & beverage, shopping and attraction prices are sure to fit into just about anyone’s budget.

4. Pedestrian-friendly downtown

The historic downtown Punta Gorda district features the 44,000 square foot multi-purpose Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center, 3 quality hotel options, over two dozen dining establishments, along with a variety of shops, art galleries, and entertainment venues all within a 3-4 block radius.

5. Access to air service

In addition to the Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) which services over 25 destinations via Allegiant Air, the Charlotte Harbor area is a short drive from both Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) and Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ).

6.  Stress-free ground transportation

Whether you’re driving in from the airport, being transported to an offsite venue or cruising around to explore the destination, you’ll find much less traffic than the typical meetings destination.

7. Non-union

Florida is a right to work state so you avoid all the costs, regulations and restrictions associated with union-operated venues.

8. Offsite activities

A variety of special event venues, attractions and activities are available for your attendees including world-class fishing, top quality golf, boating and kayak excursions, uncrowded pristine beaches, and our newest attraction, Florida Tracks & Trails which features 5 motocross tracks, over 25 miles of ATV trails, 80 acres of paintball, a concert venue, and a crystal clear lake with a man-made beach.

9. Local VCB

The Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau has the ability to assist your group in securing the best venue, negotiating hotel logistics, assisting in the planning of any offsite functions, identifying potential volunteers, providing local vendor referrals and complimentary Visitor Guides, etc.

10. You'll be the BIG fish in the small pond... or harbor



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