CHARLOTTE HARBOR & THE GULF ISLANDS, Fla. (Dec. 30, 2015) – Adopt a healthier lifestyle? Travel somewhere you’ve never been? Do something daring? The resolution season is upon us and while any one of these resolutions would set the tone for an accomplished 2016, why not achieve them all?

In 2016, the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau is encouraging residents and visitors alike to experience something new, but not just anything new – a bucket-list of activities all in one place.

Below are five New Year resolutions that can be accomplished in Southwest Florida’s Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands.

One: Do something daring
Have you ever wrestled a tarpon? 2016 is your year! Noted the “Tarpon Capital of the World,” anglers from across the globe visit Charlotte Harbor and Boca Grande Pass with hopes of reeling in the silver king. For the expert fisherman, make your 2016 extra special by entering in the World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament with $80,000 in prize money. 

Two: Discover What’SUP at night
Light Up the Night Paddle Tours will have you craving more. Hooked on SUP lights up the Gulf with paddle boards or kayaks as you float in shallow water revealing starfish, live shells, sponges and tons of fish. 

Three: Try famous foods
There’s no better mussels and frites than those prepared by chef Jeanie Roland of The Perfect Caper. World-famous chef Bobby Flay challenged chef Roland in a blind taste test on the Food Network’s “Beat Bobby Flay.” Roland accepted the challenge and won! 

Four: Lower your stress with fossilized shark teeth?
According to the American Institute of Stress, 44 percent of Americans feel more stressed than they did five years ago accounting for three out of every four doctors visits with stress-related ailments. The beaches of Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands are dotted with a variety of fossilized shark teeth. Once you discover your first shiny prehistoric tooth, you’ll find yourself focused only on the hunt for the next one…and the next. The sea air and the sound of the waves add to the sense of calm and relaxation. It is not surprising so many people have adopted this hobby as a way to have fun and de-stress at the same time.  

Five: Bring your childhood collection to life
Muscle Car City is a 99,000 square foot museum with well over 200 vintage ‘50s to early ‘70s muscle cars owned by one man, Rick Treworgy, including an impressive collection of Chevrolet Corvettes with one from every series from 1954 to 1975 along with some newer models. 

In whatever adventures 2016 brings, the Charlotte Harbor & Gulf Islands hope new experiences fill your year. 

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