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Englewood is not only home to beautiful beaches, but also offers direct boating access to the Gulf of Mexico and some of the best sport fishing in Florida.Boca Grande

Set on Gasparilla Island, the historic village of Boca Grande offers old world charm, quaint shops and restaurants, and gorgeous beach views.

El Jobean

Charming El Jobean has its own old-Florida flair. A former winter home for circus and carnival performers, it features a historic post office museum and cafe that hosts weekly Bluegrass jam sessions.

Englewood-Cape Haze

Located on Lemon Bay, off the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, Englewood remains one of Florida’s best-kept secrets... But not for long, the area was recently named as a "Top Ten U.S. Destination for 2009" by TripAdvisor™ TravelCast. Englewood is a beach community which thrives on its nature parks, cultural events, beaches, fishing and arts offerings. See more here.

Englewood is not only home to beautiful beaches, but also offers direct boating access to the Gulf of Mexico and some of the best sport fishing in Florida.

Manasota Key

Two jewels you will find on Manasota Key are Chadwick Park at Englewood Beach and the Stump Pass Beach State Park. Sparkling water, sandy shores, hidden seashells and a lot of sunshine!

Knight Island (Palm Island)

Knight Island, often referred to as Palm Island (the name of the large resort/community on the island) offers a true escape. Explore miles of white sandy beach and crystal clear water await you on this retreat away from the world. Resort and vacation homes are available on the island. A car ferry (or water taxi) to get there adds to the remote feel of this island getaway. 

Don Pedro Island

Don Pedro Island, the middle island of the Knight/Don Pedro/Little Gasparilla chain, is predominantly a state park, which is also accessible only by boat, ferry, or kayak/canoe.  The state park has a land base which offers parking and dock for ferry services offered by Captiva Cruises. Ranked Florida's "most tranquil beach" by USA Today readers.

Little Gasparilla Island

From the inlet of Gasparilla Pass to Don Pedro Island, this cool little island with vacation rentals is another great remote getaway.  Water taxi, charters, private boats and canoes/kayaks are the connection to the mainland.  There are no bridges or car ferries... so you won't see any automobiles on this island.


If you’re looking for adventure, this secluded Gulf Coast community hosts any number of fun-in-the-sun pursuits. Placida is also offers excellent catch-of-the-day dining and charming home-away-from-home accommodations.

Port Charlotte

Port Charlotte, the county’s geographical center, is home to the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Charlotte County Historical Center, a waterfront museum featuring changing glimpses into the area’s past.

Punta Gorda

The city of Punta Gorda is a historic town that lies along beautiful Charlotte Harbor. Streets lined with huge royal palms, beautifully restored period homes with wide verandas, brick lanes, street lamps and benches leave an almost tangible old-Florida atmosphere. Nearly everything is waterfront here from hotels and shopping to parks and fine dining.  See more here.


About Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands

Florida's premier year-round eco-tourism destination, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands is known for its pristine, unspoiled beauty. The area has hosted seven major feature films, been featured on SAIL magazine's list of the "10 Greatest Places to Sail in the United States," ranked by Golf Digest as the "Third Best Place to Live and Play Golf in America," and rated by MONEY magazine as one of the "Best Places to Live in the South." For information about area events, activities and attractions, contact the Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf Islands Visitor and Convention Bureau, 18500 Murdock Circle, Suite B-104, Port Charlotte, FL; 941-743-1900, or call toll free at 1-800-652-6090 for a free Visitor's Guide; or visit the Web site at CharlotteHarborTravel.com.