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Coming to visit by water?  You'll find a plethora of great marinas with some of the friendliest staff in the world.  Use the marina as a base of operations to experience all Charlotte Harbor has to offer.  In Punta Gorda, borrow a yellow bicycle from the state's first bike loaner program to experience the beauty of this charming small town.  On Gasparilla Island, rent a golf cart and visit historic Boca Grande.  From Placida, Cape Haze or Englewood, take the dingy or rent a skiff to explore the "by boat only" outer islands, beaches and 2 incredible state parks. 



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