A Guide to Port Charlotte Florida and the surrounding area

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A relatively new community developed in the late 1950’s, Port Charlotte is the site of 165 miles of man-made waterways, golf courses, tennis courts, estuaries and nature trails, with… water… water everywhere for boating, fishing, and gazing at picture perfect sunsets along the banks of the Peace River.

Port Charlotte encompasses the unincorporated area of Charlotte County and is comprised mostly of single family homes with a spattering of condos and town homes. The population of unincorporated Charlotte County, including Port Charlotte has approximately 127,500 residents.

Covering 820 square miles, Port Charlotte is located north of the Peace River with 165 miles of canals and waterways accessing Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico. There are also miles and miles of natural shoreline bordering the Peace and Myakka Rivers, making it an ideal choice for waterfront living and recreation. In all, 14,004 private boats, 28 marinas, 15 public beach access sites, 13 boat ramps and two sailing schools dot the county’s extensive shoreline. The county also boasts about two dozen parks, numerous recreation areas and a federal wildlife refuge.

Port Charlotte Beach State park has a wide expanse of sand where walking is a favorite pastime for many. Here you can kayak or canoe along the banks of the pristine Peace and Myakka Rivers.

The Charlotte Harbor Environmental center spans 840 acres, providing nature trails, picnic areas and enrichment programs. The Cecil M Webb Wildlife Management Area is another favorite with locals. The 100-acre game reserve offers hunting, fishing, frogging and camping. Eco-tours through parts of the 90,000-acre Crescent B Ranch in eastern Charlotte county allow visitors to see the old, original Florida. Swamp buggy trips through Telegraph Cypress Swamp provides plenty of adventure with views of wild turkey, alligators and more.

It’s also worth noting, the Everglades National Park, one of the most spectacular natural ecosystems in the United States, is only a short drive away.

Twenty-one golf courses, tennis courts (10 public) and public pools, as well as four YMCA”S get lots of use from residents. The waterways are sites for a host of competitive events, including fishing tournaments and boat/yacht races. If you don’t own your own boat, chances are you can rent boats and jet skis just about anywhere.

The Texas Rangers make the 6,000 seat Charlotte County Stadium their spring training home. There’s Grapefruit League action from February to early April, followed by minor league games throughout the summer.

The CC Speedway serves up auto racing thrills on an asphalt oval track; while youth sports abound with Pop Warner football, Little League baseball and one of Florida’s best BMX tracks. There’s even a skateboard park!

The 2,000 seat Memorial Auditorium/Civic Center brings big name entertainment with an annual Celebrity Series attracting concerts, ballet, Broadway shows and comedy stars. It also welcomes antique and art shows.

Theme parks and other sightseeing are in abundance with Disney, Sea World and Universal Studios approximately 3 ½ hours north while Tampa’s Busch Gardens and Water Park a mere 2 hours away.

Twenty-five shopping centers offering 4 million square feet of merchandise make the area a shopper’s bonanza. The largest single location is the Port Charlotte Town Center; a modern mall with over 800,000 square feet and lots of amenities.

The climate is sub-tropical making it possible to enjoy the outdoors year round. Temperatures average 64 degrees Fahrenheit in January; in August they average 81.9, with the average high of 91.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Expect about 54 inches of rainfall yearly with brief showers in late afternoon occurring mainly in summer and fall.

So, come and enjoy a relaxing lifestyle you’ll want to call home!

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