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Best Places To Stay In Florida: Charlotte Harbor Holiday Guide

     Welcome to the No.1 website for luxury vacation rentals in Charlotte Harbor. Charlotte Harbor is a great place to enjoy Florida's beautiful coastline alongside watersports, outdoor activities and lots of other attractions in relaxing surroundings.


     Here's our guide to all the best things to do and see in Charlotte Harbor, from the best beaches to the best attractions and restaurants, read on to plan your perfect holiday on the Florida coast.

     Charlotte Harbour is the second largest estuary in Florida. With waters flowing in from the Gulf of Mexico as well as the Peace and Myakka rivers. Counting Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda amongst its' neighbours there is lots to do and see in and around this popular yet peaceful, small traditional harbor town.


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Why choose Charlotte Harbor, Florida?

     Charlotte Harbor sits amongst over 165 waterways as well as Gulf Islands so it's the perfect place to enjoy all manner of watersports. Fishing and yachting are much-loved past times but there are lots of other outdoor activities to enjoy such as hikes, bike trails, golf, tennis and more.

      Beyond the many parks and forests you'll find all sorts of historical and cultural attractions in the region including: the Peace River Botanical and Sculpture Gardens, Charlotte County Historical Centre, Port Charlotte Cultural Centre, Peace River Wildlife Center, theatres and shopping.

     Of course, there also find beautiful beaches to enjoy. In addition to having Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda so close by, you are also within easy reach of Siesta Key, Orlando and Tampa which are only a couple of hours away.

      Once a traditional fishing town, Charlotte Harbor has lots of beautiful places to stay where you can relax, unwind and escape from it all. You'll find lots of stunning vacation rentals in Charlotte Harbour with an excellent choice of luxury beachfront vacation rentals, holiday villas by the water's edge and holiday rentals with beautiful views. From private pools to top facilities, these are ideal vacation rentals for families, couples and groups.

     For the perfect place to relax and unwind on Florida's sun-drenched coast, Charlotte Harbor is an ideal getaway with plenty to keep the whole family entertained.

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Best things to do in Charlotte Harbour, Florida

      Read on for all the best beaches, restaurants and attractions in Charlotte Harbour.

Best things to do in Charlotte Harbour:

     Charlotte Harbour is a place where it's easy to stay active during your vacation with all sorts of sports and outdoor pursuits for all ages.

     There are lots of outdoor spaces in the region for you to explore. Sitting alongside the coast, Bayshore Live Oak is a picturesque area for you to uncover on foot or by bike. Beyond the many trails, there are also fishing jetties and boat piers.

     Take an eco tour through the many ecosystems that make up Babcock Ranch Preserve. From cypress swamps to prairie lands and pinelands, you can expect to see all sorts of animals and plants.

Babcock Ranch Preserve

     Babcock Ranch Preserve's huge conservation area is a sanctuary for a vast number of animals including: alligators, birds, quail, deer, cranes, wild boars, panthers and black bears so stay alert as you travel through the reserve.

     For more wildlife head to Tippecanoe Environmental Park or Audubon-Pennington Nature Park.

Tippecanoe Environmental Park

     At Tippecanoe Environmental Park you'll spot all sorts of endangered wildlife amongst its 380 acres of floodplain forests, coastal vegetation, flatwoods, mangrove swamps and salt marsh habitat. Some of the park's many inhabitants include: bald eagles, eastern indigo snakes, songbirds, gopher tortoises, wading birds, reptiles and birds of prey.

Audubon-Pennington Nature Park's

     Audubon-Pennington Nature Park's 7.9 acres contains trails and lot of wildlife for you to uncover. From raccoons to cottontail rabbits, turtles, red shoulder hawks, American kestrels, blue jays and black vultures there are a huge number of animals to see.

Peace River Botanical and Sculpture Gardens

      See all sorts of botanicals at Peace River Botanical and Sculpture Gardens. Built at the water's edge, explore 30 acres of wetlands, mangroves, marshlands and a tidal basin to uncover all sorts of contemporary sculptures, palms, local fauna, trees, tropical flowers and more.

Chester Roberts Park

     For an Insta-worthy snap, head to Chester Roberts Park. Situated along the coast, it's the perfect place to catch the sun as it rises, dropping its amber glow to the sea below.

Port Charlotte Beach Park

      If you like watersports, Port Charlotte Beach Park is equipped for you to enjoy everything from kayaking to scuba diving and canoeing there is also swimming, volleyball, basketball and more.

Charlotte County Historical Centre

     For culture, learn the history of Charlotte Harbor at the Charlotte County Historical Centre stretching from the ancient civilisation who fished the local estuaries to later native American tribes and present day preservation. Meanwhile Port Charlotte Cultural Center is a local arts hub with a busy programme of art, music and theatre events, including popular live shows.

Fisherman's Village

      Situated by the marina, waterfront shopping at Fisherman's Village delivers hours of entertainment. Between walks along the marina, the many shops and restaurants plus the military museum, there's lots to do. Fisherman's Village has numerous top restaurants so it's a great opportunity to dine whilst enjoying views across Charlotte Harbor.

Best restaurants in Charlotte Harbor Area - Florida

     As you would expect there are lots of places to eat in and around Charlotte Harbor. From fine dining to beachside tiki huts, pizzerias, barbecue and local favourites, there's tons of choice.

The Perfect Caper or Artur's Restaurant

     For delicious seafood dishes head to The Perfect Caper or Artur's Restaurant. Alternatively, JD's serves up steaks, seafood and cocktails to the rhythmic beats of live jazz. If you like your steak, check out Prime Serious Steak for juicy steaks and burgers with all sorts of on-trend accompaniments like mac and cheese.

     Italian restaurants are popular in the area with Donato's Pasta Plus, Pioneers Pizza and Bella Napoli Pizzeria and Restaurant particularly popular.

John Ski's House of Breakfast and Lunch

     Local favourites include John Ski's House of Breakfast and Lunch where you can order breakfast dishes at any time of the day, The Celtic Ray for the perfect place to savour hearty Irish pub food in a lively setting and Leroy's Southern Kitchen where southern classics are updated with a clever culinary twist.

Best places to stay in Charlotte Harbor:

      With its many waterways and golden coastline, you'll find lots of stunning vacation rentals in Charlotte Harbor with something to suit every type of group.

     From house rentals to condos, pet -friendly holiday rentals, villas with private pools and holiday rentals by the water's edge, you'll find a top accommodation with all the superb facilities you want.

     Popular with families and groups, uncover superb, luxury Charlotte Harbor holiday rentals for families, large groups and couples, handpicked by us.

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Holidays in Charlotte Harbour: Why go?

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Nearest airport to Charlotte Harbour:

     The nearest airport to Charlotte Harbour is Punta Gorda Airport. Alternatively, you could travel in Fort Mayers or Sarasota Airport.

When is the best time to visit Charlotte Harbor?

     The best time to visit Charlotte Harbour is between March and September.

     Charlotte Harbour is a popular choice for summer vacations so if you arrive between June and August you can expect the area to be very busy. Temperatures are at their hottest, with highs of around 30°C so you may choose to visit the area when it is less busy and the weather is a little cooler.

     In the spring, from March to May and autumn, between September and October, Charlotte Harbour is much quieter and temperatures are in the more agreeable twenties. In September and May you can look forward to highs of around 27°C, dropping to around 22°C in October and April.


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