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Sunset at Gilchrist Park

Nature & Parks

With more than 70 parks, preserves and recreational areas, Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach encourages inland exploration as well as waterfront strolling. Nature enthusiasts will want to hike and bike along park paths for possible encounters with birds of almost every feather, turtles and other local wildlife. Several area environmental centers offer guided tours and educational programs. Athletes can practice their favorite sports at public recreational facilities that include courts of just about every kind – from basketball and tennis to bocce and horseshoe.




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