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Splash about in the waters outside Port Charlotte for the ultimate adventure vacation. The beach city on the west coast of Florida is packed with opportunities for water sports. Paddle up Peace River in a canoe or on a paddleboard. Boats leave from the marina into the Gasparilla Sound, taking you to the barrier islands along the Gulf of Mexico. Inland, you can hike along the trails of the Cape Haze Pioneer Trail.

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Port Charlotte and beyond: Three destinations by car

Hop in your rental car and start exploring the rest of Florida. Here are three destinations you can visit with ease from Port Charlotte.

Pine Island

Bypass busy Fort Myers and head to the enticingly mellow region of Pine Island. This is a tropical, pastel-colored destination, where small towns encourage you to relax, cast a fishing line, and watch birds fly around the water’s edge. Come here for sailing during the day, and waterfront seafood shacks in the evening. The island offers golf courses, nature preserves and boating.

Journey time: Around 40 minutes

Distance: Approximately 35 miles


The nearest major city to Port Charlotte is Tampa, one of the biggest in the state. Everything is custom-built to entertain you here. Spend days on extreme roller coasters in Busch Gardens, or cooling off in the water park of Adventure Island. The Florida Aquarium is huge, and provides hours of entertainment, with over 20,000 creatures on display.

Journey time: Around 1 hour 30 minutes

Distance: Approximately 100 miles


Orlando is famed for its numerous world-class theme parks. There are so many, it’s hard to choose which to visit. Universal Studios features Harry Potter-themed areas and phenomenal stunt shows, while SeaWorld offers dolphin shows and magnificent marine creatures. Don’t forget Walt Disney World Resort, a sprawling complex of theme parks inspired by movie magic.

Journey time: Around 2 hours 30 minutes

Distance: Approximately 145 miles