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The beaches of Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands line miles of the Gulf coast. Easily accessible yet quiet and remote enough to attract abundant birds, dolphins, sea turtles and other wildlife, they are a local treasure. There are no big crowds here, just plenty of white sand lapped by gentle waves from the Gulf of Mexico and decorated with colorful shells.

You can稚 talk about Florida without talking about the gorgeous beaches and Port Charlotte is no exception. Tucked away from the crowds of the Gulf of Mexico, the beaches in the Charlotte County area are exceptionally well-maintained and offer recreational options that you just don稚 find on the typical public beach. Port Charlotte Beach, located along the waters of Charlotte Harbor, is ideally suited for families and casual swimmers alike. Beyond the beach itself, you値l find a pristine, heated swimming pool, a picnic area, barbecue grills, a horseshoe area, a bocce area and a playground. For those that are sports minded, you値l enjoy the basketball, tennis and volleyball courts as well as launches for boating and canoeing or kayaking.  Covered pavilions are available both for public use and private rental as are room rentals of varying capacities. Restroom facilities are on the premises as well and parking is ample and reasonable, just seventy-five cents per hour or you can opt to purchase a seasonal pass.

Head north a little bit and you値l find Englewood Beach/Chadwick Park. With many of the same amenities as Port Charlotte Beach, you値l be able to enjoy fishing, sporting activities, a playground for the kids, barbecue & picnic areas, a swimming pool and convenient parking. The Englewood/Chadwick facility is known for its long boardwalks which provide the opportunity for a leisurely stroll or a great perch for bird-watching.   Move on further west and you値l find Stump Pass Beach State Park on Manasota Key with its huge stretches of sparkling white sands and secluded areas for swimming and sunbathing. Those with an interest in shells and fossils will find this beach of special interest as it is not uncommon to find natural treasures while walking the beach.

For something a bit more exclusive, think about visiting Cayo Costa State Park. Accessible only by private boat or a reservations-required ferry which leaves from Pine Island in Lee County, this barrier island features several miles of the most pristine beaches in the area and is resplendent with wildlife and native vegetation. Also only accessible by private boat or ferry, Don Pedro Island State Park is lined with dense mangroves and is home to several endangered species including the loveable manatee, gopher tortoises and bald eagles. Caution is needed when navigating the shallow waterway into Don Pedro but those shallow waters make for some wonderful snorkeling and shelling, too.
If you like a bit of history with your day at the beach, you値l want to visit another of the barrier islands beautiful locations, Gasparilla Island State Park. The stately Boca Grande lighthouse, originally built in 1890 and recently restored, is the prominent architectural feature in the area and is open for tours seasonally.  Visitors can access Gasparilla via County Road 775; there is a toll for access to the island.  
Keep in mind that while the beaches are a natural choice during the warmer months, there is much to be seen during the 双ff season as well. You値l find that you practically have those stretches of soft sand to yourself, whether for a stroll or to stake your fishing territory or just to enjoy the solitude. No matter what time of year you choose to go, one of Charlotte痴 picturesque beaches will be just right for you.

Port Charlotte Beach Park

4500 Harbor Blvd
Port Charlotte, FL 33952
Pool: (941) 629-0170

Englewood Beach/Chadwick Park

2100 North Beach Road
Englewood, FL 33223

Stump Pass Beach State Park

700 Gulf Blvd.
Englewood, Florida 34233
(941) 964-0375

Cayo Costa State Park

(941) 964-0375
accessible via private boat or ferry, Tropic Star Jug Creek Marina
16498 Tortuga St.
Bokeelia, FL 33922
(239) 283-0015

Don Pedro Island State Park

(941) 964-0375
accessible via private boat or ferry, Grande Tours 12575 Placida Road
Placida, Fl 33946
(941) 697-8825

Gasparilla Island State Park

880 Belcher Road
Boca Grande, Florida 33921
(941) 964-0375

Blind Pass Beach

6725 Manasota Key Road
Manasota Key, FL 34223

Manasota Beach

8570 Manasota Key Road
Manasota Key, FL 34223


Ann Dever Memorial Regional Park

6791 San Casa Dr
Englewood, FL 34224

Bayshore Live Oak Park

23157 Bayshore Road
Punta Gorda, FL 33980

Bissett Park

12455 Path Avenue
Punta Gorda, FL

El Jobean Park

4333 Kerrigan Circle
Port Charlotte, FL 33953

Franz Ross Park

19355 Quesada Boulevard
Port Charlotte, FL 33948

Harbour Heights Park

27420 Voyageur Drive
Punta Gorda, FL 33983

Hathaway Park

35461 Washington Loop Road
Punta Gorda, FL 33982

Higgs Park

21400 Higgs Court
Port Charlotte, FL 33952

Kiwanis Park

3100 Donora Street
Port Charlotte, FL 33948

Lake Betty Park

2215 Conway Boulevard
Port Charlotte, FL 33952

Rotonda Park

100 Rotonda Boulevard East
Rotonda West, FL 33947

South Gulf Cove Park

10150 Amicola Street
Port Charlotte, FL 33981