Off the Beaten Path from Port Charlotte: DeSoto County, Fla.

Gary McKechnie Images of galloping horses and grazing cattle adorn the billboard welcoming you to DeSoto County. But had you visited 25,000 years ago, the sign may have featured mastodons roaming the land. Twenty million years earlier, the billboard may have promoted megalodon sharks swimming in…

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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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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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Port Charlotte's Best Beaches

By VISIT FLORIDA staff Your Guide to beaches near Port Charlotte, FL Editor's note: Port Charlotte beaches and parks are listed geographically from north to south. Beaches with this symbol have beach wheelchairs available, either provided as a courtesy, or available for (prearranged) rent and…

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