Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands, an ecological jewel — a traveler’s treasure.
On Florida’s Southwest coast is a place where river and sea have carved a natural harbor that’s home to an abundant variety of wildlife and ecological splendor. As Florida’s second largest estuary, millions of birds flock here every year to rest along its shores and nest within lush mangrove forests. World-class game fish circle in warm, clear waters, and dolphins break the surface free of worry. Miles of Blueway trails carve watery roads that never feel the congestion of a rush hour. No wonder so many visitors describe Charlotte Harbor as a relaxing stress-free getaway.
TripAdvisor™ TravelCast named Englewood, Florida a "Top Ten U.S. Destination for 2009".
Quiet, uncrowded beaches entice you to spend the day doing nothing at all—but, that’s a call that often goes unanswered. For there’s so much to do in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands you’ll find yourself pursuing something new everyday. Whether it’s kayaking or canoeing one of many Blueway trails, hiking a path dotted with wild orchids growing in trees, or exploring our historic waterfront towns, you’ll soon realize there’s far more to a vacation here than the beach.
Charlotte Harbor also calls to sport lovers with stock car racing, skydiving, sailing, trophy game fish for over 300 species. It’s no wonder the area is known as the “Tarpon Fishing Capital of the World.” Or if baseball is your game, head to the Spring Training home of the Tampa Bay Rays, and their High-A affiliate, the Charlotte Stone Crabs.
"10 Greatest Places to Sail in the United States." - SAIL Magazine
Sport Fishing names Boca Grande, Florida "#1 Place in the World for Tarpon Fishing".
Luxury resorts, cozy cottages and hotels with every convenience bring balance and harmony to your ecological adventures. Unique shops and restaurants featuring the best in local seafood, including tasty seasonal stone crab, line the waterfronts. Spend the day in a spa and relax with a massage or be adventurous with a warm, therapeutic chocolate wrap.
And, hundreds of fairways tempt and taunt your golf game on an impressive collection of 20 scenic, challenging courses ¾ some ranked 4½ stars by Golf Digest.
"Third Best Place to Live and Play Golf in America." - Golf Digest
Come. Take advantage of our good nature