Since the 1990s, nature-based tourism has skyrocketed in popularity as more and more travelers seek to learn about the environment, become stewards of it and are in need of it to counter life’s stresses. Perhaps no place better presents a firsthand look at nature and the environment than Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands, with its 830 miles of shoreline incorporating barrier islands, salt marshes, unspoiled beaches, mangrove habitats, pine flatwoods, meandering rivers, canals and creeks, all outlining Florida’s second largest marine estuary.
About the Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast
Florida's premier year-round eco-tourism destination, Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach, The Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast, 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 Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor and Convention Bureau, 1700 Tamiami Trail, Suite G-2, 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.