Located on the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast, Port Charlotte and Charlotte County is a place where old Florida exists with the new. Port Charlotte is off the beaten path away from the crowds and is a friendly and warm community. With as many registered boats as pickup trucks people from all over the world are drawn to the area for its world class fishing, boating, sailing, and kayaking. Sail magazine named Charlotte Harbor one of the “10 greatest places to sail” and Fortune and Money Magazines have noted it’s highly desirable qualities and consistently feature Charlotte County and Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda as Great Places to Live!
The Myakka and Peace Rivers both converge in Charlotte Harbor to form the 17th largest estuary in the nation and 2nd largest estuary in the state. The estuary is 270 square miles and has 219 miles of natural shoreline. Charlotte Harbor includes some of the state’s most vibrant coastal areas and visitors come from around the world to experience some of the best fishing Florida and the world has to offer. From Tarpon in Boca Grande Pass to Redfish, Snook, Snapper, and Grouper, the area waters are abundant with all varieties of fish. In addition to the numerous boating and fishing activities, kayaking is another great way to explore the area. The Charlotte Blueway Trails is comprised of over 190 miles of kayaking on 53 trails along the Charlotte County shoreline including the Peace River, Myakka River, Coastal Section, and Charlotte Harbor.
The area also has miles of white sugar sand beaches and four barrier islands to explore. For sports enthusiasts Charlotte County is home to 16 golf courses. Port Charlotte was ranked third “Best in America” to live and golf by Golf Digest. There are also numerous sporting events, recreational facilities, cultural and social activities including museums, art galleries, theater, dance and music, shopping, and fine dining establishments.
The Port Charlotte population is 157,000 residents. Estimated population by 2010 is 172,000. The median age is 50.01 years, and the median household income is $36,379. The average temperature in the summer is 91.8 and 73 in the winter.
Charlotte County schools are administered by Charlotte County Public Schools. There are 10 Elementary Schools, 4 Middle Schools, 3 High Schools and 5 Specialty Ed Centers located throughout the county. Florida Gulf Coast University is located less than an hour’s drive to the south on I 75. FGCU is Florida’s newest university with nearly 10,000 students. FGCU offers 37 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs at their 5 colleges. Edison Community College’s 171 acre Charlotte County Campus has a wide range of classes and flexible scheduling to meet your needs.
The State of Florida
City of Punta Gorda
Charlotte Economic Development
Charlotte County Parks
Charlotte County Tourism
Chambers of Commerce
Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce
Englewood Cape Haze Area Chamber of Commerce
Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce
Property Owners Associations
Deep Creek Section 23
South Gulf Cove
Charlotte County Parks and Recreation
Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park
Oscar Scherer State Park
Myakka River State Park
Stump Pass Beach State Park
Don Pedro Island State Park
Gasparilla Island State Park
Charlotte Stone Crabs Minor League Baseball
Port Charlotte Town Center Mall
Florida Gulf Coast University
Edison State College
State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota Campus
Ringling College of Art & Design
New College of Florida
Charlotte County Public Schools