CHARLOTTE HARBOR & THE GULF ISLANDS, Fla. (Aug. 17, 2016) – Cycling enthusiasts visiting Charlotte County have several beautiful trail options to pedal over and these are now featured in a new Charlotte Harbor Cycling Guide. User-friendly for recreational bicyclists and everyday cyclists, the cycling guide was published by the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau with input and assistance from members of the local bicycling community and funded in part by a grant from VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s official tourism marketing agency.

Charlotte County is the location of the nearly 8-mile Cape Haze Pioneer Trail, a rails-to-trails conversion which runs between Englewood and Placida. It follows the former rail corridor of the Charlotte Harbor & Northern Railroad which once moved people, livestock, crops and phosphate. The City of Punta Gorda is home to Florida’s first free bicycle loaner program which is maintained by TEAM Punta Gorda, an all-volunteer organization. The City offers the 18-mile Punta Gorda Pathways, a system of bicycle and pedestrian trails as well as four marked street bicycle routes ranging in distance of 17 to 31 miles. This Southwest Florida community has been recognized as a “Florida Bike-Friendly Community” by the Florida Bicycle Association. 

The four-color guide includes a map, highlighted cycling routes and area resources of interest to cyclists.  Visitors can obtain a guide by calling 1-800-652-6090 or by visiting the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau at 18500 Murdock Circle, Room B-104, Port Charlotte. The office is open Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
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An image of the Charlotte County Cycling Guide may be downloaded

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 TripAdvisor.com.  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 www.CharlotteHarborTravel.com or call1-800-652-6090.

CONTACTS:    

Michelle Tomao
Aqua Marketing & Communications, Inc.
(727) 452-4899

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