March 2015: Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands is an off-the-beaten track Florida getaway located on the Southwest Gulf coast halfway between Sarasota and Fort Myers. This pristine area combines miles of protected wildlife preserves with a collection of scenic fishing villages and artsy Florida communities, from Englewood to Port Charlotte to Placida to Punta Gorda, clustered around Charlotte Harbor. A member of the Society for Ethical Eco-Tourism, the area’s sustainable low-rise development includes new, luxury and family-affordable accommodations and a commitment to preserve its natural beauty. This Family- and Baby Boomer-friendly area offers dozens of outdoor and indoor activities to wean the kids off television or Wii – activities that generations can enjoy together. When you’re ready to return to civilization, a host of dining, shopping, nightlife and cultural experiences await.  www.CharlotteHarborTravel.com

*OPENING IN 2016* Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens

A 50 million year old stone fossil of a palm frond taken from a mountain top in Wyoming serves as the inspiration for the logo and signature sculpture of the new Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens, scheduled to open in September 2016. Seven large-scale sculptures will adorn the landscape of the 27-acre property. Flowering trees will bloom throughout the year and more than 15,000 sq. ft of boardwalks and docks are planned. Sculptures have been installed and the master plans for the Gardens were developed in 2010. The property is developed and primarily financed by the Roger E. and Linda A. Tetrault Foundation, a 501 c. (3) private foundation. This will be one of the largest endowments for a botanical garden in the state of Florida. www.peacerivergardens.org

That’s just the beginning of all that Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands has to offer.  Visit our online library for images – http://www.charlotteharbortravel.com/media or call us for additional photos and ideas tailored to your interests.

CONTACT: Jennifer Huber, Tourism Public Relations Manager, Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau,

Tel: (941) 743-1900, jennifer.huber@charlottefl.com; Web: www.CharlotteHarborTravel.com