Port Charlotte encompasses the unincorporated area of Charlotte County and is comprised mostly of single family homes with a spattering of condos and town homes. The population of unincorporated Charlotte County, including Port Charlotte has approximately 127,500 residents.
Covering 820 square miles, Port Charlotte is located north of the Peace River with 165 miles of canals and waterways accessing Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico. There are also miles and miles of natural shoreline bordering the Peace and Myakka Rivers, making it an ideal choice for waterfront living and recreation. In all, 14,004 private boats, 28 marinas, 15 public beach access sites, 13 boat ramps and two sailing schools dot the county’s extensive shoreline. The county also boasts about two dozen parks, numerous recreation areas and a federal wildlife refuge.
Port Charlotte Beach State park has a wide expanse of sand where walking is a favorite pastime for many. Here you can kayak or canoe along the banks of the pristine Peace and Myakka Rivers.
The Charlotte Harbor Environmental center spans 840 acres, providing nature trails, picnic areas and enrichment programs. The Cecil M Webb Wildlife Management Area is another favorite with locals. The 100-acre game reserve offers hunting, fishing, frogging and camping. Eco-tours through parts of the 90,000-acre Crescent B Ranch in eastern Charlotte county allow visitors to see the old, original Florida. Swamp buggy trips through Telegraph Cypress Swamp provides plenty of adventure with views of wild turkey, alligators and more.
It’s also worth noting, the Everglades National Park, one of the most spectacular natural ecosystems in the United States, is only a short drive away.
Twenty-one golf courses, tennis courts (10 public) and public pools, as well as four YMCA”S get lots of use from residents. The waterways are sites for a host of competitive events, including fishing tournaments and boat/yacht races. If you don’t own your own boat, chances are you can rent boats and jet skis just about anywhere.