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Weather and Climate

The area rises only 5 to 25 feet above sea level, which equates to a sub-tropical climate where temperature in both summer and winter are tempered by the gentle breezes of the Gulf of Mexico.  Mild winters, from January to March, draw many visitors from colder climes.

Winter Wonderland

As the old airline slogan used to proclaim: “When you need it bad, we’ve got it good.” And that’s just what Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf Islands of Florida touts during winter to Midwesterners, New Englanders and Canadians who want to escape the snow and cold.

Punta Gorda is frequently the warmest location in the continental U.S. on any given day from November to February. Over the past three years, Punta Gorda had the highest temperatures on 41 days, beating out more well known destinations like Miami, Naples and even Key Largo (according to National Weather Service statistics).

Usually, when a Florida city is deemed “the warmest,” its high temperature is in the low-to-mid-80s. Yet that can be more than 130 degrees warmer than the nation’s coldest spots as witnessed by sub-zero temperatures sometimes suffered across the northeast and midwest.

About Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands

Florida's premier year-round eco-tourism destination, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands 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 and the Gulf Islands 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.