Port Charlotte Lifestyle
Port Charlotte is located halfway between Sarasota and Fort Myer. Because of the proximity to Charlotte Harbor which is a huge body of water connected to the Gulf of Mexico, Port Charlotte is perfectly positioned to please everybody who likes activities on or in the water.
More than 160 miles of natural waterways and manmade canals provide access to Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico, and there are also many waterfront properties available.
Miles and miles of shoreline are bordering the harbor and the Peace and Myakka River. However, Port Charlotte has not a single stretch of Beach located directly on the Gulf of Mexico. If sunseekers want to feel that white sand between their toes, they have to drive to Englewood Beach, Gasparilla Beach, or Venice. Those beaches can be reached within a short 30-minute drive.
For residents who get already seasick when watching a pelican floating by, there are more than 20 golf courses spread out all over Port Charlotte and Charlotte County. And sports enthusiasts who want to watch the Tampa Bay Rays performing their spring training need to go to Charlotte's Sports Park.
The Tippecanoe Environmental Park is a 380-acre piece of land with scrub and pine flat woods. For nature lovers who like to hike and bike this is the right spot. Wildlife is also abundant and there is almost a guarantee that you will see some wild animals.
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Charlotte County and Port Charlotte have a lot to offer. Whatever you want to do ... biking, hiking, kayaking, fishing, diving, golfing...you name it, and you can do it. Endless opportunities for people who want to live an active lifestyle. Check it out here...
In Port Charlotte, you basically depend on your car. The public transportation system is no more than inchoate. You need a car to get around. However, the streets are in excellent shape and it is easy to get everywhere.
The main traffic artery is the US 41. You take US 41 if you want to drive to Venice (15 minutes) or Punta Gorda (10 minutes). SR 776 takes you to Englewood an the Golf Beaches.
You can continue north on US 41 to get to Sarasota, or south if you want to go to Fort Myers, but I-75 would be a lot faster and more accommodating. Punta Gorda has a small airport and is serving quite a few destinations in the USA. However, the major International Airports (Sarasota, Tampa and Fort Myers) offer more opportunities, and they are only a little over an hour drive away.
Information about the Area
The area can probably best be described as a huge melting pot. It is pretty hard to determine where the borders of North Port, Port Charlotte or Punta Gorda are starting or ending. Without those signs which are indicating where the city limits are you would not know the boundaries at all.
But does it really matter to know where one city ends and the other one begins? Probably not. Only when it comes to property taxes you may want to know where the counties boundaries are. The property tax is slightly less in Charlotte County, but only slightly. So, don't order a shiny, new Mercedes when buying a home in Charlotte county. The tax savings may only cover one tank of gas or an oil change.
Located on and around the pristine Charlotte Harbor, Florida’s second-largest estuary system, the communities of Charlotte County reflect the unique ambiance of the Charlotte harbor area. Many people have discovered Charlotte County’s unspoiled beauty and its livability. Yes, Port Charlotte is a relatively small area with 55,000 residents. The community is just spread out. 340 square miles of land and 40 square miles of water - that is the size of Port Charlotte.
No Beach - No Fun?
No sugar coating here, it is what it is. Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda and North Port do not have their own beach on the Gulf of Mexico. They are all about 10 miles away from the coast.
Beachcombers need to drive to Englewood or Boca Grande, which is a 15-minute drive, if they want to go swimming, shelling, or diving in the warm water of the Gulf. is that really so bad?. Always keep in mind that there is no snow and ice on the roads in Florida. A 15-minute trip will most likely be a 15-minute trip unless you run-over an alligator. If that happens you have to do a lot of explaining to the wildlife people.
Rated Best Place to Retire
We do not really believe in ratings but we don't want to keep quiet about them either. Port Charlotte was named #1 Best Place to retire by CNN Money. Those guys rated the value and the price of real estate, the location and all the amenities and activities the city has to offers. After looking into all those things they came to the conclusion that Port Charlotte is really not bad at all. What can be better than #1?
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