Punta Gorda is a charming, historic yet thriving small city. It is a friendly community with a remarkable past and an exciting future. In addition to its beautifully restored historic district, Punta Gorda offers many natural attractions, waterside shopping and leisurely strolls along the Harborwalk and at Fishermen’s Village on Charlotte Harbor. Easily reached by I-75 along Florida’s south-central Gulf Coast, Punta Gorda features streets lined with huge royal palms, old Florida-era tin-roofed homes with wide verandas, brick lanes, and street lamps and benches that leave an almost tangible old-Florida atmosphere. The A.C. Freeman House Museum is an authentically restored and furnished late Victorian-era home. Near the historic district of Punta Gorda, you will find Fishermen’s Village. This unique waterfront destination includes gift, clothing, and specialty shops, seven restaurants, a military heritage museum, a 98-slip marina and fully furnished luxury villas.
Found along Florida’s welcoming Gulf Coast, Port Charlotte is located about halfway between Sarasota and Fort Myers, perfectly positioned to offer every manner of water-borne activities. It has more than 165 miles of waterways, providing access to Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico and many more miles of natural shoreline bordering Charlotte Harbor and the Peace and Myakka rivers. But that’s not all. Seven of the 21 golf courses located in Charlotte County are found in Port Charlotte. Charlotte Sports Park is home to spring training for the Tampa Bay Rays. Tippecanoe Environmental Park offers hiking trails and wildlife viewing through 380 acres of scrub and pine flat-woods.
North Port is a growing community with easy access to shopping, entertainment, beaches, golf courses, water sports, cinemas, theaters, restaurants, sports arenas, dog track, floating casino, and more. It is strategically located on the west coast of Florida, between Tampa and Ft. Myers. It currently has two exits on Interstate 75 that are within city limits; North Port’s stretch of U.S. 41 is attractive and booming.
North Port is only minutes away from some of Florida’s most beautiful beaches, including Stump Pass State Park, Siesta Key, and several others on Manasota, Casey, and Longboat Keys. Its people also enjoy access to three international airports in the area: Sarasota, Punta Gorda, Fort Myers, and Tampa.
The Florida sunshine and warm climate allow residents and visitors alike to enjoy a high quality of life year-round. Golfing, boating, kayaking, nature walks, and horseback riding can all be done in and around North Port.
Lake Suzy is an unincorporated community located at the extreme southwest corner of DeSoto County, 8 miles (13 km) northeast of Port Charlotte in Charlotte County.
Known mainly for golf and freshwater fishing in the many small ponds connected to the golf course, this town is also home to a private airport, in which a grass airstrip is maintained and utilized by the few residents with air hangers and private planes on property. There are three main sections of this township, including the estates near the airport on SW Austin Blvd, the condos around SW Egret Circle and SW Kingsway Circle, and the family sized houses located near Pembroke Circle, which is a deed restricted community within Lake Suzy.
Burnt Store Marina is the largest marina on Florida’s west coast. Located on beautiful Charlotte Harbor, which is ranked as one of the top ten places to sail by Sail Magazine, the basin is just 10 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. Burnt Store Marina is a favorite overnight destination for boaters across the state, who enjoy the harbor’s miles of sheltered cruising and some of the best fishing in the world. Fishing guides are available through the Harbour Master’s office. The possibilities for day-trips from Burnt Store Marina are endless. Pleasure boaters enjoy cruising to Fisherman’s Village in Punta Gorda, Cabbage Key and North Captiva, just to name a few.
North Fort Myers is the community known as the “Gateway to Lee County”. It is the largest unincorporated area in Lee County. Expanding 70 square miles, from the northern shore of the Caloosahatchee to Charlotte County, Cape Coral west, and east to Alva. The area encompasses a very diverse community that is emerging from a quiet rural lifestyle to a growing business community. It boasts an affordable opportunity to enjoy the wonder of the Southwest Florida lifestyle, while providing close proximity to major services, cultural and entertainment offerings, and potential for solid economic growth.
South Gulf Cove is a relaxed, but upscale, waterfront community in Port Charlotte, Florida. Bring your boat and fishing tackle to enjoy this superb neighborhood. More than 120 man-made canals wind through South Gulf Cove leading straight to Charlotte Harbor and eventually to the Gulf of Mexico. The 55 miles of canals are wide, at least 4 – 5 feet deep and provide great fishing or boating. Sailboat access has been designated to numerous properties where there are no bridges blocking their voyage to the Harbor. Within a fifteen minute drive of South Gulf Cove, you’ll find six Gulf Coast beaches on Manasota Key and Boca Grande; five golf courses – Long Marsh, Palms, Hills, Pinemoor, and Links; as well as great shopping and dining. In six minutes, you can watch the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico.
Homes in South Gulf Cove feature contemporary designs and range from large waterfront estates to single family homes which are perfect to accommodate every lifestyle, especially growing families. Many homes have open concept floor plans, docks and water views that help bring residents closer to nature. This Port Charlotte community still has open parcels of land available in case you want to build a new home
Rotonda West is an unincorporated, deed-restricted community situated in west Charlotte County, Florida, United States. It is part of the Punta Gorda Metropolitan Statistical Area. It was developed and named Rotonda West by Cavanagh Communities Corporation, the developers of a projected but now defunct community named Rotonda in southern Martin County and northern Palm Beach County.
There is a large park located inside the center of Rotonda West with a playground, tennis courts, and a walking path. There is also a designated area where people can pay to park boats, trailers, and RVs. There is also a water treatment plant next to the RV & Boat Parking.
Also known as the “Gateway to Stump Pass”, Grove City is a small, waterfront community in Southwest Florida. Residents of Grove City really enjoy this small community nestled between Englewood and Boca Grande. It shares a close proximity to many barrier islands such as Palm Island, Knight Island, Don Pedro Island, Little Gasparilla Island and Gasparilla Island (the community of Boca Grande). It is sometimes referred to as “Grove City on the Gulf” due to the fact that there are so many waterfront properties.
Many Grove City businesses are family-owned and operated and will go the extra mile to make sure that the people who reside in this community will find what they need — right in their own back yard.
Gulf Cove is located in Charlotte County, Florida on the banks of the scenic Myakka River with direct boating access to Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico.
It is initially formed as a voluntary property owners association for the area specified in its by-laws in order to provide community strength in dealing with various governmental and commercial organizations.
Osprey, Florida is located in Sarasota County Florida. It is just south of Sarasota in what’s referred to as “unincorporated” Sarasota County. Osprey is a diverse community with multi-million dollar homes located on the Intracoastal Waterway and mobile home parks just up the road from the same luxury homes.
Many restaurants can be found in Osprey everything from fresh mahi-mahi or grouper sandwiches to fine dining or pizza.
For shopping, there are several areas including the Osprey Village shops, Blackburn Point Plaza and Southbay Shopping Center. Virtually all of the shopping in Osprey is on Tamiami Trail – US 41. Several of the local restaurants are on “the Trail” and some waterfront dining is available at Spanish Point or on Blackburn Point Rd.
Venice is a city on Florida’s Gulf Coast. It’s known for Venice Beach, with its offshore coral reef, and Caspersen Beach, where shark teeth are often found. Multi-use trails hug the Intracoastal Waterway in Venetian Waterway Park. Other green spaces include Centennial Park, with its interactive fountain, and the Monty Andrews Arboretum at West Blalock Park. Oscar Scherer State Park is home to Florida scrub jays.
A secret to most, Florida has a rich history of cattle-raising, which means it also had – and continues to have – a large contingent of cowboys, known locally as Florida Crackers (for the sound made by their whips). Located just one hour east of Sarasota and Bradenton and one hour north of Fort Myers, Arcadia sits in the middle of Florida cowboy country and it is a place where the Old West meets the Old South. Rodeos and other competitions are common, and the town also hosts the De Soto County Fair in January and the Watermelon Festival in May. It’s also known for its peaceful orange groves, streams built for canoeing and woods made for camping.