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  • Ponce de Leon arrived in Charlotte Harbor in 1513, after landing in St. Augustine and returned again in 1521.
  • Punta Gorda was the southern-most stop on Florida’s west coast railroad system in 1886.
  • Esso produced an upside down map (South at the top, North at the bottom) from New York to Florida in 1961 to make it easier for tourists to get to Florida.
  • Teddy Roosevelt fished in Charlotte Harbor in March, 1917, and caught a 16 foot manta ray.
  • Charlotte Harbor was named after the British Queen Charlotte by surveyor, Bernard Romans in a 1774 visit.
  • Gasparilla Inn on Boca Grande has been host to famous visitors, John F. Kennedy, J.P. Morgan, and Presidents George H. and George W. Bush.
  • Note worthy hotels have had notable visitors Thomas Edison and Al Capone.
  • How did Tamiami Trail get its name? It runs between Tampa and Miami. It was completed in 1928 for a cost of $13 million.
  • In the 1700s, there were Cuban fishing villages throughout the islands in the Harbor, know as "ranchos” to facilitate the commercial fishing trade with Cuba.
  • Punta Gorda was described as a "small tourist town” in March, 1921, on a postcard that John Licht sent to his daughter in Michigan, describing bathing and splendid fishing.
  • Films shot in the Charlotte Harbor area include: Out of Time starring Denzel Washington, Just Cause starring Sean Connery and Lawrence Fishburne, Hoot starring Luke Wilson, Robert Wagner, and Jimmy Buffett, Palmetto starring Woody Harrelson, Pink Cadillac starring Clint Eastwood and Gone Fishin’ starring Joe Pesci and Danny Glover.


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.