One if By Land, Two if By Sea

Outdoorsy types will enjoy this three-day itinerary full of hiking, biking, birding, fishing and more in the Charlotte Harbor area. By Katherine O'Neal Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands' reputation as an outdoor lovers' utopia lured my husband and me there. Its tropical bike paths, backwater…

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Punta Gorda and Charlotte Harbor Roll Up to One Epic Port Charlotte

By Steve Griffin Maybe Charlotte Harbor is better known than Punta Gorda, the charming city resting on its shores, close to Port Charlotte. But the two are inextricably linked. Of Punta Gorda’s approximately 18.5 square miles, says the U.S. Census Bureau, nearby one-fourth is water. Three major…

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Eco-Friendly Activities IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

By Kara Franker Famous for being one of Florida's eco-tourism destinations, the Southwest Gulf Coast is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and beach bums. That's why there are so many outdoor activities during your Charlotte Harbor travels…

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Visit Florida's Charlotte Harbor

By VISIT FLORIDA staff Rivers and the Gulf of Mexico provide the Charlotte Harbor region with waterfront to spare. The second largest estuary in Florida (after Tampa Bay), Charlotte Harbor centerpieces a water-centric world that hides from the mainstream. Besides the great harbor, rivers and the…

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A Charlotte Harbor Cruise Celebrates the Best of Florida

By Janet K. Keeler It is often said that to thoroughly enjoy the wonders of Florida, one needs to get out on the water. That is the best vantage point from which to appreciate why people flock to the Sunshine State from all over the world. Some, being fans of death-defying roller coasters and…

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Experience Southwest Florida Islands In & Around Charlotte Harbor

Grab a sea kayak, boat or catch the ferry to visit these pristine Southwest Florida islands. In Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands, a sea kayak, fishing boat or ferry is your ticket to a pristine, sun-soaked paradise. The island-studded waters of Florida's second largest estuary, Charlotte…

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Best Islands & Beaches Near Port Charlotte, Florida

By VISIT FLORIDA staff The beaches near Port Charlotte, FL, including Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf Islands are easily accessible yet quiet and remote, attracting a treasure of birds, dolphins, sea turtles and other wildlife. There are no big crowds here, just plenty of white sand, lapped by…

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Discover the Waterfront Oasis of Charlotte Harbor in Florida

Charlotte Harbor and its islands provide the quintessential Florida vacation: palm trees, the warm blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, sunshine and white-sand beaches. Here, in and around the second largest open-water estuary in Florida, visitors discover a true sub-tropical experience without the…

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Charlotte Harbor: Three Day Itinerary

Found: The perfect location for those who enjoy a variety of recreational activities. Our interest in visiting Charlotte County for a few days seemed simple enough: We wanted to do everything in just three days! That's a tall order for any vacation destination, so I admit to being dubious about…

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Natural Wonders and Trip Ideas

Close to everything you need but still a million miles away, Charlotte Harbor holds natural wonders for the outdoor enthusiast. Monster tarpon that outweigh your teenager, beaches that sun with warmth and stun with natural beauty, placid waterways orchestrated by bird song, and primeval wilderness…

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