About Our Region

UNPARALLELED QUALITY OF LIFE, CHARLOTTE HARBOR
Charlotte Harbor in Charlotte County, Florida, is the ideal Florida location to live, work and play. Charlotte Harbor has been rated by Money Magazine as one of the “Best Places to Live in the South.” Recognized for its unspoiled nature, managed growth and economic health – a perfect balance that is both family-friendly and business-hospitable.

Charlotte County possesses a wonderful mixture of outdoor recreation for all ages, an abundance of boating, golf, tennis, highly-rated hospitals, schools and universities, and the Arts, near major airports making travel convenient to or from anywhere in the United States or overseas – all while still providing a relaxed pace of life without the congestion of a large Metropolitan Area.

ECONOMY / DEMOGRAPHICS
Charlotte County is one of the fastest growing counties in one of the fastest growing states. This area attracts a variety of people, from students drawn to the thriving universities, families seeking new opportunities for their future or active adults who want to spend the best years of their lives in the best place on earth.

Although retirees have traditionally relocated to Florida to enjoy the fantastic climate and lifestyle, and the largest share of the current population is 35-64, the fastest growing demographic age group is 18-34 which signals positive growth for the Southwest Florida economy.

Port Charlotte named “Best Place to Retire” by Money Magazine, Charlotte Harbor area named as one of the “Top Ten Places to Retire Healthy” by U.S. News & World Report.

UNEQUALED BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES
Located along the Southwest Gulf Coast 100 miles south of Tampa with convenient access to Miami, Charlotte County is a “hot seat” for business development. The Southwest Florida area and lifestyle attracts both companies and employees because it is well known as a haven for boating, fishing, and golf which all can be enjoyed year round. Along with easy access to anywhere in the world, Charlotte County provides a skilled labor force and excellent educational opportunities from pre-kindergarten through doctoral programs. Charlotte County and its area business leaders and county organizations are committed to creating a vibrant economy that encourages growth and expansion among innovative businesses competing in local, national, and global markets.

In 2008, Florida metro areas dominated the “Forbes List of America’s Fastest-Growing Large and Small Metros,” winning nearly one-third of the top spots. The Cape Coral/Ft. Myers and Naples/Marco Island areas were included on this list of thriving cities.

RECREATION / SPRING TRAINING
Boating, fishing, and sailing are among the many activities enjoyed in Charlotte County along with numerous golf courses, tennis courts, endless bicycling trails, bird watching, Canoeing, kayaking or watching a beautiful west coast sunset.

The Tampa Bay Devil Rays play in the $27-million, newly renovated Charlotte Sports Park. The Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins train in Fort Myers. And the Baltimore Orioles are now in the process of renovating a new spring training facility in Sarasota. The stands are always full in Southwest Florida.

Interesting Golf Fact:
Ranked the “Third Best Place to Live and Play Golf in America,” by Golf Digest

WATER WATER EVERYWHERE (and beaches)

Charlotte Harbor is on the water’s edge of the states 2nd largest harbor.

Charlotte Harbor’s protected shorelines provide some of the best boating and fishing in all of Florida. The harbor caters to sail boaters, power boaters, and leisure boaters. There are busy beaches, secluded beaches, miles of cruising water, great fishing spots, places to drop anchor and relax or spend a night or two.

Charlotte Harbor designated as one of “America’s 10 Best Places to Sail,” (only Florida location recognized)

Southwest Florida has always had some of the world’s best beaches. Travel Channel named Naples “America’s Best All-Around Beach” in 2005. Englewood Beach, Siesta Key, Captiva Island, Longboat Key, and more have also won recent accolades.

The Charlotte Harbor area offers some of the best sunshine and backwater fishing in Southwest Florida. Fishing in depths of 1-3 feet and along the natural mangroves you will find snook, redfish, sea trout and snapper among many others.

A local destination, accessible only by boat, is Cabbage Key – a historic inn with cottages and a place where you can stop to eat or have a drink. Local legend is that Jimmy Buffet was inspired to write “Cheeseburger in Paradise” after visiting Cabbage Key.

NATURE / CONSERVATION
Charlotte Harbor is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. One of the world’s largest protected marine estuaries encompassing 270 square miles, 84% of the coastline is preserved land, and it is the second largest estuary in the state of Florida.

Port Charlotte lies in an area that is known as “Pure Florida” for its varied conservation and recreational activities. The fact that it is still pure and simple attracts visitors, residents and businesses to this picturesque community.

Charlotte County is home to 30,000 acres of the Preserve State Park, and the Babcock/Webb Wildlife Management Area encompasses 124 square miles of the largest undisturbed pine forest in Southwest Florida.

CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS
The state of the arts is unrivaled in Southwest Florida. From Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Charlotte County Historical Center (a waterfront museum featuring glimpses into the area’s past) and The Cultural Center of Charlotte County (offering a variety of learning opportunities), The Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota – which features the works of Rubens, van Dyck, Velázquez, Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese – and the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, to the region’s museums, theaters, festivals and world-class concerts, Southwest Florida is a constantly evolving cultural paradise.

Whether you are a fisherman, boater, baseball fan, golfer, or seeker of peace and tranquility, this gem of the southwest Florida coast can serve your needs and desires with abundance.