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.