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Fishing and Kayaking

Internationally known as a fishing destination, Sport Fishing magazine recently named Boca Grande Pass and Charlotte Harbor tops in the world for tarpon fishing. Known as “silver king,” schools of this magnificent fish return April through June to Charlotte Harbor, the “Tarpon Fishing Capital of the World.” You’ll find about 322 kilometers of paddle-friendly waterways waiting to be explored by kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard. Access diverse trails offering various levels, from novice to expert, and ranging from about one to 29 kilometers.

 

Golfing and Baseball

As if near-perfect weather weren’t enough, Golf Digest ranked Charlotte Harbor the ‘‘Third Best Place in America to Live and Play Golf.” Two of the area's courses were awarded 4 1/2 stars, and 21 scenic courses range from executive to championship level. Charlotte Sports Park gives fans two reasons to cheer: spring training games with the Tampa Bay Rays and minor league ball with the Charlotte Stone Crabs. The area puts you in the center of Major League Baseball action.

 

Art and Music Festivals

Art spills into the streets of Punta Gorda with murals depicting the city’s history. Pick up a walking guide and a free loaner bicycle and pedal through downtown. Classes, workshops and exhibitions can be found throughout the Charlotte County. Find the perfect souvenir at one of the festivals hosting hundreds of artists, gourmet food and live entertainment. A favorite of locals and visitors alike is Punta Gorda’s Wine & Jazz Festival on the banks of the Peace River.

 

Local Cuisine

Charlotte County’s dining scene features an eclectic mix of fresh seafood shacks, charming sidewalk cafes and scenic waterfront eateries. Dining districts include downtown Punta Gorda, Fishermen’s Village and Englewood’s Dearborn Street. Fishermen can ask select restaurants to prepare their freshly cleaned catch any delicious way. Whatever the craving, there’s a restaurant to satisfy every palate.

Fun Fact

More than 80 percent of Charlotte Harbor shoreline is preserved land.
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More than 80 percent of Charlotte Harbor shoreline is preserved land.

Hot Air Balloon over Asheville, North Carolina
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Neon-lit buildings along Ocean Drive at South Beach
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Miami

Blissful isolation at a sandbar in the Ten Thousand Islands
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Naples