Port Charlotte is a mesmerizing beach town on the western coast of Florida. This sunny little paradise is located between Naples and Tampa Bay on Interstate 75 and is known for its hot, humid summers and cool, mild winters, making it a great place to rent an RV all year round. This area was formerly the ancestral homeland of the Calusa people for over a thousand years and later on, the Seminoles.
Port Charlotte is absolutely surrounded by gorgeous little beach towns and pristine ecological preserves that make it a diverse place to visit. When you book an RV in Port Charlotte, you’ll find it’s one of the best ways to see all the area has to offer because it allows you the freedom to stay put and lounge on the white sand beaches, or journey to the farthest corners of the Sunshine State. No matter where you go with your Port Charlotte camper rental, this beautiful city by the bay will definitely charm you into coming back again and again.
The Great Outdoors
Two of the defining characteristics of Florida are the breathtaking beaches and the staggering amount of natural beauty and nature preserves. Port Charlotte and neighboring Punta Gorda are surrounded on all sides by either beautiful blue ocean, or some sort of park, forest, or preserve.
You don’t even have to leave the downtown area when you rent an RV in Port Charlotte because the Port Charlotte Beach Park welcomes visitors with open arms. This beautiful little slice of land by the harbor has a playground and many other features like a large pool, athletic fields, and a boat ramp to launch your watercraft and go fishing.
Myakka River State Park is one of the oldest in the entire state and has many recreational activities. You can ride horses, bicycle, fish, camp, or hike through the prairies, scrubland, or wetlands that make up the 37,000-acre park. Nearby, the similarly named Myakka State Forest has similar recreational activities including boating on the beautiful Myakka River.
A short drive south over the bridge in your Port Charlotte travel trailer rental will bring you to Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park. The park is free to enter and is one of the best stops on the Great Florida Birding Trail, a 2,000-mile-long collection of over 500 distinct birdwatching spots.
Stump Pass Beach State Park is not too far away when you rent an RV in Port Charlotte and it has some of the most undeveloped and marvelous views of the Gulf of Mexico. Made up of a few pristine islands and all the channels of water between them, there is much to do at this fun little stop, most notably going for a swim in the lukewarm waters of the ocean.
Big Cypress National Preserve has 12 incredible campgrounds for you to park your Port Charlotte rental motorhome when you leave town, while Everglades National Park dominates the south of Florida as one of the largest parks in the country. The largest subtropical wilderness in the US, the Everglades is full of swampland, wetlands, prairies, pine forests, and countless exotic animals, too. If you are up for it, Biscayne National Park, out near Miami on the opposite coast, is a marvelous place to visit if you enjoy snorkeling or scuba diving.
Exploring the City
The charming downtown area alone is enough of a reason to visit Port Charlotte. Around town, cuisines include southern BBQ, mouthwatering seafood, and amazing pizza; you can find any type of food in Port Charlotte, all of which is tantalizingly good. There are many places to shop and enjoy the vibrant nightlife in town as well. The Port Charlotte Town Center is a wonderful shopping plaza with a movie theater and a variety of stores.
The Muscle Car City Museum is nearby and has lots of awesome cars on display from all different eras. With over 200 muscle cars in running condition, this massive collection is sure to impress car aficionados. The Military Heritage Museum takes pride in providing visitors with extensive knowledge of all things military.
The Cultural Center of Charlotte County has a cafe, theater, and thrift/gift shop and is available to rent for events. Attending one of the shows here is a great way to support the local performing arts scene. Speaking of support, when you rent an RV in Port Charlotte, there are endless opportunities to have fun, like going and cheering on the local Charlotte Stone Crabs baseball team.
Both Port Charlotte and the rest of sunny Charlotte County are full of great places to stay. Charlotte Harbor RV Park is an obvious choice as it is the closest to the downtown area. This beautiful park has access to the Peace River and Charlotte Harbor, so it could be a good destination for boaters and people who enjoy fishing.
Harbor Lakes RV Resort has a magnificent pool, a clubhouse, a game room, and courts for basketball, volleyball, and even shuffleboard. Harbor Lakes’ sister park is Gulf View RV Resort which has many of the same features and is situated just four miles from Punta Gorda’s downtown area.
Punta Gorda RV Resort is a relaxing little oasis for you to unwind in while you sit by the incredible pool and hot tub. With 223 sites on 10 acres of land on the banks of Alligator Creek, you’ll be able to enjoy the lush coastal views and the gentle sea breezes in your Point Charlotte luxury motorhome rental.