Situated only a short drive outside of the Fort Myers area on the scenic Gasparilla Sound – Charlotte Harbor, you will find the lovely coastal town of Port Charlotte. Port Charlotte has the charming ambiance that you are looking for in a vacation destination as well as plenty for you to explore with your loved ones. Your Port Charlotte vacation home is the ideal place to relax with its beach views, balcony or deck, barbecue grill and other amenities.
If you love the beach, you will not be disappointed with what you will find in Port Charlotte. From your Fort Myers area vacation home, you can head to the Port Charlotte Beach Park to enjoy fun outdoors with the whole family. This is a large beach with a wide expanse of sand and often calm waves because of its location on the harbor. Snorkeling, sightseeing tours, deep sea fishing tours, sunbathing, parasailing and other activities are common at the beach. Other outdoor destinations in the area include Ollie's Pond Park, the North Charlotte Regional Park and several golf courses.
You may not think much about culture when planning a beach vacation, but you will be pleasantly surprised at the wide range of cultural activities that you can enjoy when you stay in your Captiva Island vacation home. You can check out a home game for the Port Charlotte Stone Crabs or tour the Cultural Center of Charlotte County. You can also enjoy one of the many dinner theaters in the area or treat yourself to a performance at Langdon Playhouse. There are also a few comedy clubs in the community that may tickle your funny bone after a long day outdoors at the beach.
Dining at home in your full kitchen is one idea when you rent a vacation home in Port Charlotte, or you could head out to enjoy the local fare. There are some delicious restaurants in the area that could satisfy even the heartiest appetite. Some of the top restaurants that you may want to enjoy include Visani Restaurant and Comedy Theater, Carraba's, Thai Cafe, Port Charlotte Fish House, Plaza Mexico Restaurant Bar and Grill, Wally's Southern Style BBQ, Asian Market and Cafe and others.
Port Charlotte may not be located right on the Gulf Coast, but the weather in the area is heavily influenced by the Gulf of Mexico. It boasts a humid subtropical climate, and this classification means that you can expect to enjoy long, warm and often humid summer days with a short, mild winter season. In the winter, the temperature is often in the 60s or 70s as highs and in the 50s or 60s as lows. In the summer, the temperature may be in the 90s as highs and in the 70s or 60s as lows. Rainfall is common throughout the year because of the coastal location, but it is most common from July through September.
If you are ready to travel into the Port Charlotte area to enjoy all that the area has to offer, you may consider flying, taking a bus or hopping on a train to Tampa. This is the closest major city to Port Charlotte. Renting a car and traveling the rest of the way into the area is common so that you can enjoy your vacation on your own terms. You can also drive your own car on your trip. From Tampa, take Interstate 75 south to the Route 776 exit. Follow Route 776 southwest to Highway 41, and Highway 41 south will take you the rest of the way into Port Charlotte.