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Babcock Ranch

The newest city (quite literally) in Charlotte County.  This incredibly forward-thinking, eco-centric, solar powered city is now taking shape in southern Charlotte County, See more here.

Boca Grande

Set on Gasparilla Island, the historic village of Boca Grande offers old world charm, quaint shops and restaurants, and gorgeous beach views.  Boca Grande is known as the "Tarpon Capital of the World", and has often been visited by presidents and celebrities.  Gasparilla Island is split between two counties, with the northern third and bridge access located in Charlotte County.

Don Pedro Island

Don Pedro Island, the middle island of the Knight/Don Pedro/Little Gasparilla chain, is predominantly a state park, which is accessible only by boat, ferry, or kayak/canoe.  The state park has a land base which offers parking and dock for ferry services offered by Captiva Cruises. Ranked Florida's "most tranquil beach" by USA Today readers.

El Jobean

Charming El Jobean has its own old-Florida flair. A former winter home for circus and carnival performers, it features a historic post office museum and cafe that hosts weekly Bluegrass jam sessions.

Englewood is not only home to beautiful beaches, but also offers direct boating access to the Gulf of Mexico and some of the best sport fishing in Florida.Englewood-Cape Haze

Located on Lemon Bay, off the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, Englewood remains one of Florida’s best-kept secrets... well, almost: The area was named as a "Top Ten U.S. Destination for 2009" by TripAdvisor™ TravelCast. Englewood is a beach community which thrives on its nature parks, cultural events, beaches, fishing and arts offerings. See more here.

Englewood is not only home to beautiful beaches, but also offers direct boating access to the Gulf of Mexico and some of the best sport fishing in Florida.

Knight Island (Palm Island)

Knight Island, often referred to as Palm Island (the name of the large resort/community on the island) and offers a true escape. Explore miles of white sandy beach and crystal clear water await you on this retreat away from the world. Resort and vacation homes are available on the island. A car ferry (or water taxi) to get there adds to the remote feel of this island getaway. 

Little Gasparilla Island

From the inlet of Gasparilla Pass to Don Pedro Island, this cool little island with vacation rentals is another great remote getaway.  Water taxi, charters, private boats and canoes/kayaks are the connection to the mainland.  There are no bridges or car ferries... so you won't see any automobiles on this island.

Manasota Key

Two jewels you will find on Manasota Key are Chadwick Park at Englewood Beach and the Stump Pass Beach State Park. Sparkling water, sandy shores, hidden seashells and a lot of sunshine!  Englewood Beach is located on Manasota Key.

Placida

If you’re looking for adventure, this secluded Gulf Coast community hosts any number of fun-in-the-sun pursuits. Placida is offers excellent catch-of-the-day dining, charming home-away-from-home accommodations, and original art galleries.  Placida also hosts seasonal art/craft shows and bi-annual seafood festivals.

Port Charlotte

Port Charlotte, the county’s geographical center, is home to the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Charlotte County Historical Center, a waterfront museum featuring changing glimpses into the area’s past.  See more here

Punta Gorda

The city of Punta Gorda is a historic town that lies along beautiful Charlotte Harbor. Streets lined with huge royal palms, beautifully restored period homes with wide verandas, brick lanes, street lamps and benches present a tangible old-Florida atmosphere. Nearly everything is waterfront here from hotels and shopping to parks and fine dining.  See more here.

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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.