Charlotte Harbor is Florida’s second-largest estuarine system. Port Charlotte is a destination of choice for both full-time residents and vacationers that have come to discover Charlotte County’s unspoiled beauty and its livability. In spite of recent growth expansion it has remained a wonderful place to live or vacation.
Port Charlotte is still a fairly new community created and developed in the late 1950’s. The population of the unincorporated area of Charlotte County, including Port Charlotte, is approximately 139,817 residents. An established, but yet still growing area, Port Charlotte has the services and amenities necessary for the convenience and enjoyment of all.
Residential areas of the County are primarily single-family neighborhoods. You will not find high-density high rises or typical city sprawl. Port Charlotte has more than 165 miles of natural and man-made water ways, many with access to Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico. There are miles of natural shoreline bordering Charlotte Harbor and the Peace and Myakka Rivers, complete with hundreds of species of marine life. The new Murdock area of northern Port Charlotte is a growing shopping-business center. Shopping areas, office complexes, financial institutions, theaters, restaurants and motels have been built in recent years. A regional shopping mall anchors the area. Recreational opportunities abound in Charlotte County – golf courses, yacht clubs, tennis courts, parks, boating facilities, pool and beach swimming - and much, much, more.
Neighboring Punta Gorda is a charming and historic waterfront town which traces back to a landing Hernado DeSoto in 1539. The name itself means “Broad Point”. Every year a festival celebrates Ponce De Leon’s Landing (1513) on Pine Island in Charlotte Harbor. Punta Gorda is now more than 120 years old, and is Charlotte County’s only incorporated city.
This City is in the midst of a major community revitalization and beautification project, with historic preservation as a priority. There’s an old Florida atmosphere being restored to the central district and with the addition of brick lanes, street lamps, benches, brick planters, flowers and shade trees, the ambience is truly unique. There are many unique shops and restaurants being added throughout the town, expanding the fine reputation of Punta Gorda’s Charm.