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Fast Facts

  • Established in 1921; population approximately 159,990
  • 693.60 square miles; 448,640 acres
  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute relays shoreline mileage for Charlotte County at 830 miles including river passages, mangrove-edged aquatic preserve and 28 miles of sandy beaches.
  • Approximately 84% of the Charlotte Harbor shoreline is preserved land.
  • Canoe/Kayak Blueway Trails - 53 trails for a total of 192.9 miles throughout Charlotte Harbor
  • Often referred to as the Tarpon Capitol of the World, Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf Islands offer world class fishing with an incredible variety of species, including snook, redfish and sea trout.
  • Charlotte Harbor is part of the National Estuary Program. 
  • 365 miles of canals; 190 miles of saltwater and 175 miles of freshwater
  • Charlotte Harbor, fed by the Peace and Myakka rivers, is the 17th largest estuary in the nation and the 2nd largest estuary in the state encompassing 270 square miles.
  • The 106-mile long Peace River is one of the longest rivers in Florida; it finds its terminus in Charlotte Harbor. The Spanish are credited for naming the waterway in 1544 as Rio de la Paz, "river of peace."
  • The Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park is the 4th largest state park, of which 30,000 acres are in Charlotte County. Enjoy the vast hiking opportunities including the Old Datsun Trail.
  • Babcock/Webb Wildlife Management Area encompasses 79,013 acres or 124 square miles of the largest undisturbed pine flatwoods in SW Florida and the 7th largest management area in the state.
  • Designated as one of the "10 Greatest Places to Sail in the United States" by SAIL magazine.
  • Ranked "Third Best Place to Live and Play Golf in America" by Golf Digest; "... golf has surpassed baseball as the national pastime for a generation of Americans now more than intent on playing than watching sports."
  • Named one of MONEY magazine's "Best Places to Live in the South".
  • Designated as one of "America's Best Healthy Places to Retire" by U.S. News & World Report.
  • TripAdvisor™ TravelCast named Englewood, Florida a "Top Ten U.S. Destination for 2009".
  • Englewood, Fla. named "Best Affordable Place in America to Retire" by NeighborhoodScout.com.
  • Port Charlotte, Florida named "Best Place to Retire" by Money Magazine.

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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 Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast Visitor and Convention Bureau, 18500 Murdock Circle, Suite B-104, 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.