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Quiet, Peaceful, Friendly, and Safe.
It's in the middle of nowhere, and most of the time, I hate the weather.
In a nutshell
It is a great place to live.
Port Charlotte is a lot like Venice. Most homes have waterfront dock access, along several miles of semi-fresh water springs that ultimately empty into the Gulf of Mexico. Of course, all homes also have street access on shore. Port Charlotte was heavily damaged by a Hurricane in 2008, and so some newer homes are built on concrete foundations that are well above the waterline.
Updated Jun 5, 2011
The ultimate Tarpon fishing area is Boca Grande Pass. This is where the Port Charlotte harbor empties into the Gulf of Mexico and it is where the biggest Tarpon fishing tournaments are held. Even if you aren't fishing, you can see the over one hundred pound Tarpon rolling over on the surface and jumping five feet into the air when they are hooked.
The tournaments also give you a chance to see the team boats. These are top-end fishing machines with the best equipment and bikini clad women available for a photo opportunity.
Written Jun 13, 2007
The old bridge across the Myaka river in the El Jobean area of Port Charlotte has been reopened as a fishing pier. There is good parking at the entrance and there is no entry fee. This is one of the best spots for fishing in the area.
Updated Nov 25, 2006
Address: At the El Jobean Bridge
I fish a lot in Charlotte Harbor and catch a little, so during the latest trip I decided to find a guide to teach me more about fishing the local area. I went to one of the best fishing shops in Port Charlotte, Fishing Franks, and asked the owner who he would recommend and he gave me 3 names. I asked him to put them in order of prefered guides. His top choice was Mike Mahan of Castaway Charters.
A friend and I met Mike at the boat ramp in Placida. He got there early and filled his baitwell with live bait fish he caught. He took us to some areas that we had fished in the past, but this time we caught fish! We learned that everything we knew about fishing was wrong.
Updated May 24, 2006
Address: Charlotte Harbor, Boca Grande Florida
The El Jobean Depot Restaurant (not Spanish pronounced El Joe Bean) looks like, well, a dump. It has a large cold beer sign in front. The main restaurant is outside under a plam tree, and the furniture is patio. There is an inside area that is screened and with plastic covers to keep out the rain. When you see the restaurant, it is hard to tell what you are going to get. It looks like it could be a biker bar. The food, though, is home made and great. It is also cheap, and it is a historical location.
Don't expect imported beer, they have Bud. You want wine, they have red and white. They also have deep fried breaded ocra, and a great grouper sandwitch. Take a chance stop in and get a great meal for a low price
At night, they have a guitar playing singer for your entertainment.
Favorite Dish: Grouper is, IMHO, the best fish in Florida. Theirs is as good as any you can find, and it is not priced at the tourist level.
Updated Nov 25, 2006
Address: Rt 776 in the El Jobean section of town
From the end of May to the beginning of June and again in September, the love bugs come out in Southwest Florida. They are easy to recognize, because they fly coupled together in, as Cousteau would say, the dance of love.
The Love Bugs don't bite, but there are so many they are a nuisance. They fall in your food and drink outside. In a car, they quickly cover your windshield. At times, they sound like rain hitting your car. And, If you don't was them off, they will etch your car's paint.
Written Jun 6, 2006