Nestled between the towns of Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda along Florida's southwest coast, Charlotte Harbor has been recognized as one of the best places in the United States to sail, golf, live and retire. The area has more than 165 miles of man-made waterways, many with access to the Gulf of Mexico. Miles of natural shoreline border Charlotte Harbor and the Peace and Myakka rivers. The Murdock area a bit north of the harbor is a dynamic and growing commercial center, with shopping areas, office complexes, financial institutions, theaters, restaurants and motels. A regional shopping mall anchors the area. Recreational opportunities such as golf courses, yacht clubs, tennis courts, parks, boating facilities, pool and beach swimming abound.