Just about 100 miles south of the hustle and bustle of the Tampa area, there’s a place where life moves a little slower. Here you can find 219 miles of natural, pristine shoreline. Colorful shells adorn white sands that end in beautiful blue gulf waters. Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf Islands of Florida are comprised of four island communities, each with something different to offer residents and visitors alike. Visit historic Punta Gorda, Englewood or Port Charlotte. For a quaint and secluded get away Don Pedro Island or Littler Gasparilla Island are waiting for you. Nature rules here with over 270 square miles of protected marine estuary, the Peace and Myakka rivers run wild to create one of the most beautiful coast landscapes in Florida.
There’s something to entertain everyone in Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf Islands. While most known to be a nature lover’s paradise, there’s plenty entertainment for the culture enthusiasts, the shoppers, the foodies and the athletes. The Gulf Islands boast and eclectic mix of dining spots from seafood shacks and quaint cafes, to waterfront restaurants and fine dining. The culture hungry will enjoy the numerous art galleries, festivals and exhibits coupled with symphonies and theatrical productions. Shopping abounds with something for everyone’s style and athletes can golf one of the Gulf Island’s 16 beautiful courses or catch a spring training baseball game. To learn more about Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf Islands visit charlotteharbortravel.com or connect with them on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.