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This is real 'Old Florida' in its natural form. Kayaking, biking and birding are a few of the natural options you can enjoy. If you need a bit more action, there's world class fishing, abundant wildlife and over 20 excellent area golf courses. In Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands, located just south of Tampa and north of Ft. Myers, you'll never see a snowy day, and summertime temperatures are kept moderate by gulf breezes.

To the west of the area is Englewood, Placida and the islands of Knight, Don Pedro, Little Gasparilla and Gasparilla. Here you'll find beautiful beaches, remote islands accessible only by boat or ferry, and a relaxed pace dictated by nature. What you won’t find are high-rise buildings, crowds or traffic.

To the south you'll discover Punta Gorda, a beautiful city rich in culture, art, boutique shopping and extraordinary unique dining. Experiencing Punta Gorda is even easier, because it is one of the most bicycle friendly cities in the country. No bike? No worries. The state’s first bicycle loaner program was established here where you can, free of charge, borrow a bike and explore at your leisure.

Top 5 Experiences

  • Peace River Wildlife Center – a non-profit wildlife rescue. Visit 'Luna' a rare albino (white) screech owl, as well as pelicans, eagles, hawks and other birds. They also have some reptiles and mammals.
  • Stump Pass State Park and Englewood Beach: Explore a beautiful, natural, uncrowded beach on the southern tip of Manasota Key. Find shells and fossilised shark's teeth.
  • Muscle Car City – 99,000 square foot museum featuring over 200 vintage '50s to early '70s muscle cars.
  • Fishermen’s Village – With activities such as boutique shopping, waterfront dining, cruises and the Military Heritage Museum, this unique waterfront attraction offers something for everyone.
  • Cycling – Explore the 8 mile+ cape haze pioneer trail, a converted rail line, or beautiful small-town Punta Gorda by bike.In the latter, utilize the state’s first 'free bike loaner program' to explore one of the most bicycle friendly cities in the U.S.

Sightseeing & Tours

  • Babcock Wilderness Adventures – Discover the natural heart of Florida on a narrated 90 minute eco-tour. Experience the thrill of seeing panthers, alligators, birds, wild hogs and turkeys, Sandhill cranes and much more! From £20pp.
  • Port Charlotte and Cabbage Key Cruise – Cruise on the Charlotte Harbor aquatic preserve and Pine Island where you will see many playful dolphins, so be sure to bring a camera! You will then stop for lunch at the historic Cabbage Key Inn – former home of mystery writer Mary Roberts Reinheart. From £21pp.

Key Attractions

  • Peace River Wildlife Center
  • Stump Pass State Park
  • Don Pedro Island State Park
  • Military Heritage Museum
  • Fishermen's Village
  • Florida Tracks and Trails