Charlotte County

Port Boca Grande (Gasparilla Island) Lighthouse in Charlotte County, Florida

Charlotte County, nestled around the banks of serene Charlotte Harbor, is being discovered by those seeking sub-tropical living and vacationing at its finest. Money magazine’s 1997 Best Place in the South is situated in the heart of the southwest coast of Florida and continues to offer leisurely, uncongested and unhurried living.

The county, “offers far more than just the little things that make life pleasant. This neighborly county boasts some of the very best things too – like plentiful jobs, low crime and inexpensive living along placid Charlotte Harbor” reported the July 1997 Issue of Money. The serenity of Charlotte Harbor and its surrounding waterways seems to draw those in pursuit of healthy diversions.

Clean air, 129 square miles of sparkling waters, clear sunshine, fishing at its greatest, wildlife in abundance and a casual, friendly atmosphere are appealing to those who are seeking the natural pleasures of life. Charlotte County is a veritable sports enthusiast’s paradise. Whether you are a fisherman, baseball fan, golfer, hunter, boater or seeker of peace and tranquility, this gem of the southwest Florida coast can serve your needs with abundance.

FAST FACTS: (per www.charlotteharbortravel.com/maps-more/fast-facts)

  • Established in 1921; population approximately [178,000 as of 2015]
  • 693.60 square miles; 448,640 acres
  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute relays shoreline mileage for Charlotte County at 830 miles including river passages, mangrove-edged aquatic preserve and 28 miles of sandy beaches.
  • Approximately 84% of the Charlotte Harbor shoreline is preserved land.
  • Canoe/Kayak Blueway Trails – 53 trails for a total of 192.9 miles throughout Charlotte Harbor
  • Often referred to as the Tarpon Capitol of the World, Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf Islands offer world class fishing with an incredible variety of species, including snook, redfish and sea trout.
  • Charlotte Harbor is part of the National Estuary Program.
  • 365 miles of canals; 190 miles of saltwater and 175 miles of freshwater
  • Charlotte Harbor, fed by the Peace and Myakka rivers, is the 17th largest estuary in the nation and the 2nd largest estuary in the state encompassing 270 square miles.
  • The 106-mile long Peace River is one of the longest rivers in Florida; it finds its terminus in Charlotte Harbor. The Spanish are credited for naming the waterway in 1544 as Rio de la Paz, “river of peace.”
  • The Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park is the 4th largest state park, of which 30,000 acres are in Charlotte County. Enjoy the vast hiking opportunities including the Old Datsun Trail.
    • Babcock/Webb Wildlife Management Area encompasses 79,013 acres or 124 square miles of the largest undisturbed pine flatwoods in SW Florida and the 7th largest management area in the state.
    • Designated as one of the “10 Greatest Places to Sail in the United States” by SAIL magazine.
    • Ranked “Third Best Place to Live and Play Golf in America” by Golf Digest; “… golf has surpassed baseball as the national pastime for a generation of Americans now more than intent on playing than watching sports.”
    • Named one of MONEY magazine’s “Best Places to Live in the South”.
    • Designated as one of “America’s Best Healthy Places to Retire” by U.S. News & World Report.
    • TripAdvisor™ TravelCast named Englewood, Florida a “Top Ten U.S. Destination for 2009”.
    • Englewood, Fla. named “Best Affordable Place in America to Retire” by NeighborhoodScout.com.
    • Port Charlotte, Florida named “Best Place to Retire” by Money Magazine.