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Living a Beach Lifestyle in Port Charlotte, Florida

Port Charlotte is a suburban community to the northeast of busy Fort Myers, Florida.  Located in southern Florida, Port Charlotte is close to many excellent beaches, such as the ones at Fort Myers Beach. Port Charlotte is an unincorporated town governed by Charlotte County.  Although thousands of snow birds and retirees come because it is warm in the winter and home prices and rents are low, people of all ages live here as well.

Where to Retire in Port Charlotte and Home Prices

Residential areas of the county are primarily single-family neighborhoods, along with many condos and villas. An amazing 40% of the homes have water access thanks to a maze of canals and estuaries, complete with hundreds of species of marine life. Dozens of active adult developments, neighborhoods, and gated communities of every type are available in Cape Coral (see link at left). Some have facilities like golf courses,clubhouses, or tennis courts - some have no facilities.
Compared to nearby Punta Gorda this is not a high profile town nor is it pretentious - but it can offer a very nice lifestyle for a reasonable amount of money. The median home value was $321,703 in early 2022, which is more than a 40% increase during the past year, according to Zillow.

What Is Special about Port Charlotte

Port Charlotte was named #1 Best Place to Retire by CNN Money. Charlotte Town Center Mall. Charlotte Sports Park is the spring training home of the Tampa Bay Rays. Charlotte Harbor and 165 miles of canals make the area great for boating.  Port Charlotte is one of the great housing buys in Florida.A hidden jem would be driving towards manasota beach through south gulf cove,east englewood and rotonda these places i feel are distant enough from Port Charlotte if you want even less population. These areas are the best places to buy since it has been kept quiet for so long . Boca Grande is less than a mile away where the Bushes vacation and is the top location in FL for fishing.

What Is Not Special about Port Charlotte

Port Charlotte was hard hit by Hurricane Charley in 2004.  The housing downturn has reduced home prices which is bad for owners but good for buyers. Unemployment in the region is high.

Climate and Physical Environment

Port Charlotte is just to the north of Fort Myers on the southwest coast of Florida. There are plenty of bays and rivers opening up the Gulf of Mexico. Winters are about as warm as they get in the continental U.S.; summers are hot, humid, and it rains almost every day for a brief period.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The Port Charlotte Cultural Center boasts a 500-seat theater. You can also take year-round classes in every kind of subject, from languages to dancing. Nearby Fort Myers is also brimming with cultural opportunities just short hop away.


Crime in Port Charlotte is slightly lower than the national average.

Medical Facilities

Fawcett Memorial and St. Josephs Hospital Port Charlotte are the local hospitals.


Nearby Fort Myers has one of the busiest airports in Florida with service from both Southwest and Jet Blue.

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