It’s easy to imagine how Port Charlotte must have looked during its earliest days; stunning expanses of native plants and flowers, a trip down to the unspoiled shores of Charlotte Harbor or a view of the spectacular sunset over the water and its breeze to be transported back in time. The coasts of Charlotte Harbor and the Peace River along with the vibrant flora & fauna have been carefully considered during the early development of the area and that same conscientiousness continues today. An authentic sense of community and real neighborhoods still exist in Port Charlotte and it’s that great foundation that has allowed this small city to evolve into the best possible blend of tradition and innovation.
Centrally located but away from it all, just about midway between Tampa and Naples, Port Charlotte was named one of the Best Places to Retire by Money Magazine thanks to its vast amenities, top-ranked medical facilities and world-class fishing; not to mention the outstanding values in housing and exceptional educational resources. Also named one of the top three places to live & play golf by Golf Magazine and one of Sail Magazine’s top ten places to sail, there’s no shortage of sporting activities! Home to Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays’ spring training, the recently renovated Charlotte Sports Park is a record-setting facility where fans can relax and enjoy one of America’s favorite pastimes. Also home to the Florida State League’s Charlotte Stone Crabs, the Park boasts a 360 degree concourse; a tiki bar and children’s play area. A night on the town is a breeze and a pleasure with restaurants featuring every type of cuisine and of course, fresh, local seafood.
With a population near 50,000, Port Charlotte continues its careful growth with a special emphasis on preserving the area’s ecology and fostering an honest home-town feel. There are several conservation preserves and environmental parks in Port Charlotte and throughout Charlotte County so it is easy to get in touch with the best that nature has to offer. But when the mood strikes, there’s plenty to keep your social calendar full too! The Town Center Mall provides a wide array of first rate stores as does the US 41 corridor where you can find wonderful locally owned family businesses as well as the national chains. Port Charlotte has managed to keep that small-town feeling while providing some big-time services and entertainment. The Florida International Air Show, the Charlotte County Fair and a wide variety of festivals keep the area hopping all year long and there’s something for everyone to enjoy. The housing options are plentiful and can suit every need and the community continues to provide the services and amenities that Port Charlotte residents call their own. Friendly people, a beautiful environment and gorgeous weather all combine to make Port Charlotte a genuine jewel of Florida’s southwest Coast.