Voted “One of the ten best places in the nation to retire due to its affordability and proximity to the water,” this is just the latest affirmation of Port Charlottes continued attractiveness for those looking to retire. Noted in the article was Port Charlotte’s previous mention as the “Top retirement town” in the March 2010 edition of “Where to Retire,” magazine and “One of the most popular retirement destinations,” by Portfolio.com.
While Port Charlotte’s recent notoriety began in 2009 when CNN Money voted Port Charlotte as “The best place to retire,” future development plans for Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda go well beyond serving the retired. Waterparks similar to those found in Orlando, music venues modeled after Branson Missouri with their theaters, shops and restaurants, and “Ripkin Baseball” featuring multiple baseball fields, attracting little league players from across the country,will spur tourism and job growth as the Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda area will become one of Southwest Florida’s premier tourist and travel destinations. Coupled with the waterfont location of Punta Gorda and its quaint historic downtown and state of the art marinas, this area is in position to become one of the best places in the country to live, work and play!