CHARLOTTE HARBOR & THE GULF ISLANDS, Fla. (Jan. 25, 2016) – Love is in the tropical air in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands this Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re looking for a romantic, tranquil getaway or a festive local scene, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands sets the tone for a unique date your loved one will enjoy – at a price your wallet will appreciate.

Nestled between Sarasota and Fort Myers, lies the picturesque community of Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands. This Valentine’s Day discover all the destination has to offer with a romantic weekend getaway. Below are a few date night ideas that will make you fall in love all over again.

Dance Under the Stars at Fishermen’s Village
For the Valentine’s couple looking to spend the holiday with friends, Fishermen’s Village Valentine’s Day Dance sets the perfect scene. Dance beneath the twinkling lights and festive décor with music by INGROOV; take a scroll through the plaza and pick up a one-of-a-kind gift for your loved one at one of the locally-owned boutiques; or enjoy a group dinner at one of the local eateries.

Sail Aboard a Catamaran for Two
Embark on a private sailing cruise aboard Smoke and Roses sailing charter. Take in the salt air and enjoy a relaxing, smooth sail on a luxurious 47-foot catamaran while the sun warms you during the day and the moonlight romances you at night. Discover this romantic setting with breathtaking sunsets, long stem roses and chocolate covered strawberries. Length of charter trips vary, with cruises available for two hours, full day or overnight.

Tour Charlotte Harbor by Land and Sea
Indulge in the lap of luxury with a tour with Smoke and Roses that’s sure to impress. Start with a personal limousine ride to your private catamaran and embark on a two-hour cruise on Charlotte Harbor. A long stem rose and chocolate covered strawberries await your arrival.

Unwind Along the Shore
The beaches of Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands offers 28 miles of white sand and colorful shells along the Gulf coast. Pick a spot for a romantic picnic and then walk the shoreline dotted with a variety of fossilized shark teeth and picture perfect shells – the perfect keepsake.

Taste the Flavors of Charlotte Harbor
For your Valentine’s dinner, the dining scene in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands offers an eclectic mix of seafood shacks, sidewalk cafes, waterfront eateries, fine dining and sweet spots. Primary dining districts include downtown Punta Gorda (which has more than 50 independently owned restaurants), Fishermen’s Village and Englewood’s Dearborn Street. Notable culinary experiences include Golden Spoon recipient The Perfect Caper (headed by multi-time nominee for the James Beard Foundation Best Chef in the South, Jeanie Roland) and outdoor dining at the recently expanded Farlow’s on the Water in Englewood. In the heart of Punta Gorda’s dining district is a coastal tavern called The Turtle Club. From Angus burger to lobster tidbits, The Turtle Club is sure to please every palate.

A premier ecotourism destination, Charlotte Harbor encompasses all of Florida’s world-class activities – beaches, sailing, boating, fishing, golfing, dining and arts – without the usual overpopulated tourist crowds. With superior waterfront accommodations at a fraction of the cost of nearby destinations, award-winning beaches and culinary experiences, you’re sure to have a wonderful Valentine’s Day with whatever adventure lies ahead.

About Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands
Located halfway between Tampa and Naples on the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands is a charming collection of nine coastal communities surrounding the state’s second largest harbor. Florida’s premier year-round eco-tourism destination, the area offers a pristine unspoiled beauty. In 2014 Port Charlotte has been named the top U.S. Best Value Destination by trivago, the world’s largest online hotel search site, and the Charlotte Sports Park, spring training home of the Tampa Bay Rays, was voted “Best Spring Training Facility” by readers of USA TODAY. A haven for outdoor enthusiasts, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands has been named one of SAIL magazine’s “10 Greatest Places to Sail in the United States,” ranked by Golf Digest as “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.” Englewood was named second of the Top Ten emerging travel destinations in the U.S. by The area is served by five airports: The Punta Gorda Airport (PDG) with private and charter air service, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ), Southwest Florida International Airport, Ft. Myers, (RSW), St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) and Tampa International Airport (TPA). For more information on visiting Charlotte Harbor visit or call1-800-652-6090.

Kelsey Marineau, Senior Account Executive
Aqua on behalf of Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau
(561) 267-5796

Jennifer Huber, Tourism Public Relations Manager
Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau
(941) 743-1900