Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands is a collection of nine charming coastal communities and four barrier islands clustered around the state’s second-largest harbor. As Florida’s premier eco-tourism destination, the area is known for its unspoiled beauty and is an outdoor enthusiast’s haven. 830 miles of shoreline defines this expansive estuary-based escape which includes 28 miles of sandy beaches and nearly 200 miles of the Charlotte Harbor Blueway Trails. Charlotte Harbor offers undeveloped vistas where 84 percent of the shoreline is protected preserve. Activities and festivals make year-round use of this beautiful setting and encourage families, couples, groups and individuals to relax and explore.