Charlotte County was established in 1921; Current population is approximately 157,000
There is a total of 701 square miles; 448,640 acres
Florida Marine Research Institute relays shoreline mileage for Charlotte County at 830 miles including river passages, mangrove-edged aquatic preserve and 28 miles of sandy beaches.
Approximately 84% of the Charlotte Harbor is preserved land
Canoe/Kayak Blueway Trails - 53 trails for a total of 197.8 miles throughout Charlotte Harbor
365 miles of canals; 190 miles of saltwater and 175 miles of freshwater
Charlotte Harbor, fed by the Peace and Myakka rivers, is the 17th largest estuary in the nation and the 2nd largest estuary in the state encompassing 270 square miles
The 105-mile long Peace River is one of the longest rivers in Florida; it finds its terminus in Charlotte Harbor. The Spanish are credited for naming the waterway in 1544 as Rio de la Paz, "river of peace."
The Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park is the 4th largest state park, of which 30,000 acres are in Charlotte County. Enjoy the vast hiking opportunities including the Old Datsun Trail.
Babcock/Webb Wildlife Management Area encompasses 79,013 acres or 124 square miles of the largest undisturbed pine flatwoods in SW Florida and the 7th largest management area in the state.
Designated one of the top ten sailing destinations by SAIL magazine
Ranked 3rd "Best in America" to live and golf by Golf Digest; "... golf has surpassed baseball as the national pastime for a generation of Americans now more than intent on playing than watching sports."
Weather in Charlotte County is beautifully moderate, with mostly tropical temperatures averaging 75° year round. The lowest temperatures are in January and the highest temperatures are in July. Our annual rainfall averages just around 49 inches, with 2/3 occurring during the summer afternoons in July through September.
Average Average Average
Month High Low Precipitation
January 75°F 52°F 2.21in.
February 76°F 53°F 2.32in.
March 80°F 57°F 2.73in.
April 84°F 61°F 1.70in.
May 89°F 66°F 3.15in.
June 91°F 72°F 8.45in.
July 92°F 73°F 7.78in.
August 92°F 74°F 7.82in.
September 91°F 73°F 6.75in.
October 86°F 67°F 3.12in.
November 81°F 60°F1.88in.
December 76°F 54°F 1.77in.
July is the average warmest month.
The highest recorded temperature was 101°F in 1981.
The average coolest month is January.
The lowest recorded temperature was 23°F in 1982.
The maximum average precipitation occurs in June.
Source: The Weather Channel
Ponce de Leon arrived in Charlotte Harbor in 1513, after landing in St. Augustine and returned again in 1521.
Punta Gorda was the southern-most stop on Florida’s west coast railroad system in 1886.
Esso produced an upside down map (South at the top, North at the bottom) from New York to Florida in 1961 to make it easier for tourists to get to Florida.
Teddy Roosevelt fished in Charlotte Harbor in March, 1917, and caught a 16 foot manta ray.
Charlotte Harbor was named after the British Queen Charlotte by surveyor, Bernard Romans in a 1774 visit.
Gasparilla Inn on Boca Grande has been host to famous visitors, John F. Kennedy, J.P. Morgan, and Presidents George H. and George W. Bush.
Punta Gorda hotels have had notable visitors Thomas Edison and Al Capone.
How did Tamiami Trail get its name? It runs between Tampa and Miami. It was completed in 1928 for a cost of $13 million
In the 1700s, there were Cuban fishing villages throughout the islands in the Harbor, know as "ranchos" to facilitate the commercial fishing trade with Cuba.
Punta Gorda was described as a "small tourist town" in March, 1921, on a postcard that John Licht sent to his daughter in Michigan, describing bathing and splendid fishing.
Films shot in the Charlotte Harbor area include: HOOT starring Jimmy Buffet and Logan Lerman, Out of Time starring Denzel Washington, Just Cause starring Sean Connery and Lawrence Fishburne, Palmetto starring Woody Harrelson, Pink Cadillac starring Clint Eastwood and Gone Fishin’ starring Joe Pesci and Danny Glover.