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Baseball has a strong tradition in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands. We have a proud history of hosting spring training for professional baseball teams, as well as numerous youth and collegiate tournaments.

The Tampa Bay Rays, 2008 American League champions, hold their spring training at the newly renovated Charlotte Sports Park, which in 2014, was ranked the #1 Spring Training Facility in the U.S. by USA Today/10best.com. 

The Charlotte Stone Crabs, the High-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, also call the Sports Park their home turf. On days without games, ball players and fans alike are able to recharge and explore Charlotte Harbor’s amenities, such as outdoor adventures, world-class fishing, 28 miles of beaches and 4 1/2-star golf in Southwest Florida.

In addition, college teams representing NCAA and junior colleges from across the country flock to tournaments in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands, including the Annual Snowbird Baseball Classic. More than 20 Division III and several Division I colleges match up to play spring ball.

"When considering other Florida communities, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands makes the most sense as a tournament host destination," said Steve Partington, Tournament Director. "The area's warm winter temperatures, outstanding ball fields, affordable lodging and diverse activity options make Charlotte Harbor an attractive choice."
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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 Punta Gorda / Englewood Beach 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.