The city of Port Charlotte is clearly one of the best-kept secrets in southwest Florida. It is located just north of Punta Gorda and only 25 miles north of the neighboring cities of Cape Coral and Fort Myers. For a small city with a newly redeveloped downtown, there are many opportunities to enjoy the water, and, the best part is that these fun spots are all free!
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Background History of Charlotte County and Port Charlotte
Many buildings in the Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte communities were either damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Charley in 2004. Much of what you see has been built or refurbished over the last 15 years, giving the area the distinct mix of Old Florida and contemporary urban living.
Charlotte County is clearly a community where individuals and families can find many small to medium-sized restaurants with live music seven days a week. Some of these hot spots are located on the water or a short distance from the ocean. We hope you enjoy these 5 venues when you wish to enjoy a water view or even get wet:
1. View the Manatees on the Peace River.
Charlotte County is home to the scenic Peace River, which separates the cities of Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda. This freshwater channel flows directly into the Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico. Many people travel from other parts of the state and the U.S. to enjoy kayaking, canoeing, boating, and camping on the Peace River. There is a Canoe Outpost with unique camping opportunities on the river.
2. Eat Lunch at PC's Fish House.
On the northern shore of the river sits this fish-themed restaurant with views of downtown Punta Gorda. It is actually along the main corridor known as U.S. 41 or Tamiami Trail. A Charlotte County favorite, PC's Fish House offers a variety of seafood platters, clam chowder, sandwiches, and casual fare. Wearing shorts and flip flops is definitely encouraged so that you and your loved ones will blend in with the locals.
3. Do Morning Yoga at Laishley Park.
The city of Punta Gorda actually boasts many parks along the southern edge of the Peace River. Laishley Park is a fun place to read a book, launch your boat or jet ski, or relax over a picnic lunch. You could bring your own band or yoga group. There is also fishing galore on the municipal pier. Park your vehicle in a variety of free parking lots within a short walk of many downtown restaurants. On the other side of 41 from Laishley Park lies Hurricane Charley's Raw Bar & Grill, named for the historic storm.
4. Stay in an RV park or motorhome resort.
The Port Charlotte area features many RV parks and resorts where you can stay, and some are facing the river. If you enjoy freshwater sports or fishing going RVing or camping is a smart option because the weather is either warm or hot 90 percent of the time.
5. Go swimming at your Port Charlotte hotel.
Visit the world-class Four Points by Sheraton Resort in downtown Punta Gorda, home of TT's Tiki Bar and live music, as well as other brands in a lower price range. In fact, Sleep Inn and Country Inn and Suites are located north in Port Charlotte. At your hotel pool, the whole family can get wet and shower before going to dinner and a show! Port Charlotte has its own motor speedway, minor league baseball team, shopping malls, billiards clubs, and a comedy club. There is also the scenic drive to Boca Grande, a vacation destination favored by the Bush presidential family.
Whenever you return from a river excursion, it feels refreshing to shower in clean well or city water. In the Sunshine State, water is our most precious natural resource. For details on getting your water checked by Certain Services, please contact us today.