Want to kayak remote, wild areas, learn to skydive, sail or see the best private collection of “muscle cars” ever? Halfway between Sarasota and Fort Myers is Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands, an outdoor adventure paradise made for active types. Florida’s Southwest Gulf coast offers an off-the-beaten-path escape from crowds and congestion, where skydiving, fishing, sailing, kayaking, golfing and wildlife viewing are top attractions. Here are the top five guy-guaranteed favorites.
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.