Freedom Swim, Fireworks and Family-Friendly Fun Highlight Independence Day Celebrations in Charlotte County, Fla.

Co-Founder Michael P. Haymans at the 21st Annual Charlotte Harbor Freedom Swim Across the Peace River, Charlotte Harbor to Punta Gorda, July 4, 2012

Co-Founder Michael P. Haymans at the 21st Annual Charlotte Harbor Freedom Swim Across the Peace River, Charlotte Harbor to Punta Gorda, July 4, 2012

The annual Charlotte Harbor Freedom Swim, multiple fireworks displays, a funeral procession to honor our veterans and fallen heroes and live musical entertainment highlight this year’s Independence Day in Charlotte County, Fla. Following is a sampling of activities this Southwest Florida community will offer this Fourth of July: Continue reading

Chill Out this July in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands

Will You Be Participating in the Annual Charlotte Harbor Freedom Swim on Fourth of July?

Will You Be Participating in the Annual Charlotte Harbor Freedom Swim on Fourth of July?

It’s July and ’tis the season for keeping as cool as possible. Following are a few suggestions for avoiding the summer heat without being bored. Continue reading

Five Years and Still Discovering Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands

Taking a Break Along the Boca Grande Bike Trail, May 2013

Taking a Break Along the Boca Grande Trail, May 2013

This month marked five years as being storyteller for the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau yet I know I haven’t even begun to turn over every shell in this community. I also guided five journalists the end of April/beginning of May (four from outside the state) through our beautiful destination. It’s always refreshing seeing the area through fresh eyes and indeed I did.
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Moms Cruise Free Aboard a King Fisher Fleet Cruise Mother’s Day Weekend 2013

Moms Cruise Free Mother's Day Weekend 2013 with King Fisher Fleet Out of Fishermen's Village in Punta Gorda, Fla.

Moms Cruise Free Mother’s Day Weekend 2013 with King Fisher Fleet Out of Fishermen’s Village in Punta Gorda, Fla.

Mother’s Day is May 12 and we have a fun and affordable gift idea for dear mom, a sightseeing cruise with King Fisher Fleet! Headquartered at Fishermen’s Village in Punta Gorda, King Fisher Fleet invites moms to cruise free not just on Mother’s Day but all Mother’s Day Weekend long! Continue reading

Another Winter Day in Charlotte Harbor

Typical Day at Gasparilla Marina, Placida, Fla.

Typical Day at Gasparilla Marina, Placida, Fla.

The following is a guest post by Mr. Chip Futch, Marketing Coordinator for the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau, as he shares a typical February day. 

As my friends that live in the North post pictures of their cars locked in a snowdrift, my 4 year old puts on her life vest because, like most weekends, it’s time to hit the water. Having lived in other climates during my life, this February day reminds me why I’m glad I’m back on the Gulf in Florida. Continue reading

Replica of Columbus’ Ships Pinta and Nina to Land in Punta Gorda

Replica of Columbus' "Nina" Will be Docked in Fishermen's Village for Touring March 29 - April 3, 2013.

Replica of Columbus’ “Nina” Will be Docked in Fishermen’s Village for Touring March 29 – April 3, 2013.

History sails into Fishermen’s Village Marina (1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda) later this month when replicas of Columbus’ “Pinta” and “Nina” ships dock for a few days and will be open to the public on March 29 through April 3, 2013.

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Bicycling Options Make Pedaling in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands a Breeze

Pedaling through Tippecanoe Environmental Park, Port Charlotte, Fla.

Pedaling through Tippecanoe Environmental Park, Port Charlotte, Fla.

Pedaling through spits of white, soft sand at Southwest Florida’s Tippecanoe Environmental Park earlier this month I thought I was going to need a helicopter to lift me out. It was the final stretch of an hour-long-ish (or 90-minute) guided tour and my lack of fitness was catching up with me. Continue reading