Port Charlotte is located at the north end of the Charlotte Harbor Estuary in Charlotte County, Florida, between Tampa and Naples. It is only minutes from small-town Punta Gorda to the south and only a short drive to the west to the beaches of Englewood and the coastal islands. Communities within the Port Charlotte area include Charlotte Harbor, El Jobean, Cleveland, and Murdock. With a lower cost of living than the Florida average, ample shopping and restaurants, plus two hospitals make Port Charlotte a popular choice for retirees.
Temperature in both summer and winter are tempered by the gentle breezes of the Gulf of Mexico, and the Port Charlotte area boasts more than 300 sunny days each year. Mild winters make this area a premier year-round destination, and an amazing place to live. The Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast is known for its pristine, unspoiled beauty. Approximately 84% of Charlotte Harbor's 830-mile shoreline (which includes river passages, mangrove-edged aquatic preserve and beaches) is preserved land.
Port Charlotte Recreation
Golf, boating, fishing, kayaking, birding, hiking, biking, hunting...you'll find all of that, and more in Port Charlotte. Often referred to as the Tarpon Capital of the World, Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf Islands offer world-class fishing with an incredible variety of species, including snook, redfish, snapper and grouper. As part of the National Estuary Program, Charlotte Harbor is the 2nd largest estuary in the state of Florida and home to the state's fourth-largest park featuring over 30,000 acres in Charlotte county alone. The 80,000+ Babcock/Webb Wildlife Management area is among the last undeveloped expanses of wet pine flatwoods in Southwest Florida. One of the best things to do in Port Charlotte is catch a Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training game. Charlotte Sports Park offers a one-of-a-kind experience for kids of all ages.
“#1 Place to Retire in the U.S.” - CNN Money “Top 25 Places to Retire In The World” - Forbes “Top 10 Places To Retire” - U.S. News and World Report
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”.