Florida's Southwest Gulf Coast has been keeping a secret for a while now - but we thought you should know about the wonderful vacation opportunities at Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf Islands. Off the beaten path and away from the thrill rides and food on a stick, this tranquil paradise is a premier eco-tourism destination. There are nine communities that surround Charlotte Harbor; Boca Grande, Don Pedro Island, El Jobean, Englewood-Cape Haze, Little Gasparilla Island, Manasota Key, Palm Island, Placida, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda. These areas all have their own flavor, yet share in the beauty of the rivers, harbor and ultimately the Gulf of Mexico that they surround and which surrounds them. Search any of the great island communities surrounding Charlotte Harbor and you will find lots of choices for your rental home, cottage or condo. With so much water just about everywhere around you, it is easy to get yourself some kind of Charlotte Harbor vacation rentals with a view. River, canal, harbor or even gulf views can be had as a vacation home renter. Yes, there are even some of the other gulf views, usually referred to as "golf" views for you tee toddlers. Imagine walking out your back patio door and smelling the fresh cut greens. Life can't get much better than that. Well furnished with comfy bedding, full kitchens, air conditioning and lanais, Charlotte Harbor rental homes, condos and cottages will make it hard to want anything else during your stay in paradise. You might even be able to catch your dinner, rather than order it. Take advantage of the off season rates for a budget friendly getaway, or if you really feel the need for some good old fashioned sunshine in the middle of winter, try and plan early.
The harbor offers world class boating, fishing and sailing. SAIL Magazine voted Charlotte Harbor one of the "10 Greatest Places to Sail". The Myakka and Peace rivers feed into the harbor, with Gulf of Mexico on the other side. The combination of salt and fresh water is an ideal breeding ground for fish such as tarpon, snook, redfish, barracuda, cobia and grouper. Needless to say, fishing of all styles is hot here. There are five national wildlife refuges located in the Charlotte Harbor area, along with top rated golf courses, great local dining and loads of fun shopping stops. Not to mention a few great beaches along the way. Go make some new friends or just enjoy all this area has to offer: award winning sailing, fishing and golfing plus grand beach sitting, shopping and dining. You can spend the day exploring the other Gulf Islands in the area, or visit a national wildlife refuge. The opportunities to have a good time, a great time, are endless in Charlotte Harbor. A vacation condo home or cottage may be the perfect option for your next island getaway.