Port Charlotte Beach Park: A playground, a heated swimming pool and picnic shelters makes this a great choice for young families. There are also basketball, tennis, beach volleyball, bocce and horseshoe courts. Active individuals can canoe and kayak from this harborfront park, which is also a favorite location for sunset viewing. There is also a boat ramp and a fishing pier on the property.
Englewood Beach: If you love to build Sandcastles, you’ll want to visit this beach. There’s a long boardwalk as well as the adjoining Chadwick Park which has a playground, as well as restrooms. There is also volleyball and basketball courts as well as horseshoe pits.
There’s a beach for everybody here in Charlotte County. Whether you’re a family, athlete, nature lover or somebody looking for seclusion, we have the perfect beach for you.
Stump Pass Beach State Park: Hobby archaeologists and marine biologists will have a field day, where fossilized sharks' teeth scatter the beach when the tide comes in. Covered picnic tables provide a relaxing shelter for a beach picnic. This beach caters to environmentally minded beach-goers with its well-marked trail through five distinct habitats. Interpretive signs along the path define the pristine park’s native plants and wildlife. During the summer, you can enjoy ranger-led turtle walks and beach nature hikes.
Don Pedro Island State Park. is home to an array of Florida flora and fauna. Located on a barrier island, is accessible only by private boat or public ferry service provided by Placida’s Grande Tours. Fronting the Gulf of Mexico, its one-mile beach is perfect for Sunbathing, fossil hunting, swimming and just getting away from civilization. You’ll still find all the creature comforts, from restrooms and outdoor showers to a picnic pavilion and barbecue grills. Shelling enthusiasts will be overjoyed with the island’s bounty, as will fishing people, who can reel in tarpon and snook.
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Freshwater and Saltwater Fishing
When you fish in Charlotte waters, there is no need to exaggerate the size of your catch, or make up tales of “the one that got away.” The pristine waters of the Peace and Myakka Rivers, Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico are fertile grounds for fresh- and saltwater catches.
Freshwater fishing includes largemouth bass, crappie and bream. Some of the best saltwater fishing in the world is in the waters of Charlotte Harbor, and tarpon fishing originated here in the late 1800s as a sportfishing pastime for the very wealthy.Snook, redfish and spotted seatrout are common. One of the best ways to experience this is to go out with a local fishing guide, or join a charter fishing boat cruise. Or if you/re a little more adventurous, rent a boat and do your own thing!