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Searching for seashells along the Charlotte County, Florida, shoreline
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More than 80 percent of the Charlotte Harbor shoreline in Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach is preserved land.

A statue of Ponce de Leon overlooks Gilchrist Park in Punta Gorda, Florida
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Known for giving Florida its name in 1513, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon's expeditions included Charlotte Harbor. Legend says he returned here in 1521, whereupon he was wounded by a Calusa arrow and died shortly thereafter in Havana, Cuba.

Kayakers enjoying paddling the Blueway Trails in Florida's Charlotte Harbor
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Charlotte Harbor is the second largest natural estuary in Florida, offering over 320 kilometers of Blueway Trails (including mangrove tunnels and river passages) – perfect for paddling.

A beachfront tree decorated with seashells at Stump Pass Beach State Park in Englewood, Florida
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