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Baseball has a strong tradition in Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach. We have a proud history of hosting spring training for professional baseball teams, as well as numerous youth and collegiate tournaments.

The Tampa Bay Rays, 2008 American League champions, hold their spring training at the beautifully renovated Charlotte Sports Park, which in 2014, was ranked the #1 Spring Training Facility in the U.S. by USA Today/ 

In addition, college teams representing NCAA and junior colleges from across the country flock to tournaments in Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach, including the Annual Snowbird Baseball Classic. Many teams? In 2019, 19 Division I and 25 Division III colleges matched up to play spring ball.

"When considering other Florida communities, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands [former destination name] makes the most sense as a tournament host destination," said Steve Partington, Tournament Director. "The area's warm winter temperatures, outstanding ball fields, affordable lodging and diverse activity options make Charlotte Harbor an attractive choice."


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 #G-2, Port Charlotte, FL, 33948; call 941-743-1900 for a free Visitor's Guide; or visit the Web site at