As a boat owner, you no doubt want to know the Charlotte Harbor boating conditions for various reasons. If you live in the area or spend time here frequently you know what a beautiful place this is to be on the water. Weather can change quickly, and the harbor itself can change with its many sandbars and relatively shallow depths. Lets take a few minutes to learn about Charlotte Harbor, the second largest harbor in Florida.
If you are looking for the current Charlotte Harbor boating weather, you should check out this page. Here are some conditions and commonly asked questions about the harbor that might help you to decide if you would like to boat on this harbor.
Charlotte Harbor Florida Facts
The Charlotte Harbor is the second largest bay in Florida and located on the Gulf of Mexico.
Is Charlotte Harbor Saltwater?
Yes. While saltwater fills the harbor, both the Peace River and Myakka rives flow fresh water in to the harbor.
Are There Sharks in Charlotte Harbor?
Yes. Sharks are generally lazy and not aggressive. They won’t search for you or attack your boat. Depending on what food is abundant, sharks are found in Charlotte Harbor feeding on fish, rays, catfish, mullet and especially tarpon.
Do people swim in Charlotte Harbor?
Yes. There is a beach complex located on the north shore of the harbor in Port Charlotte. You can learn more about this public beach here.
How large is Charlotte Harbor?
Charlotte Harbor covers over 270 square miles or over 700km2.
What is the best town to visit to see Charlotte Harbor?
Punta Gorda. This little downtown area features locally owned restaurants, water front dining, shopping and entertainment. Events such as concerts and craft shows happen just about every weekend, especially in the winter months when the weather is the most favorable for outdoor activities.
What is the best boat for Charlotte Harbor boating conditions?
There are so many variables when taking your boat out on the harbor, you have to give some consideration to what you and your family like to do. For instance, if you are into tubing and water skiing, the harbor is perfect on a calm day. If sailing is more your thing, Charlotte Harbor is fantastic place to raise the sails.
So here is a quick check list that might help you decide what type of boat is best for you to get the most out of boating in any conditions on Charlotte Harbor.
- Will you be taking family and friends out on the harbor? If so, how many?
- Do you plan to fish from your boat?
- Does venturing to different cities like Ft Myers, Naples and Sarasota interest you?
- Will you only boat in good weather?
- Would you like to spend days and NIGHTS on the water?
- Do you need to trailer your boat or do you plan to pay for storage at a marina?
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