Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf Islands: Making RVing Memories

If memories of a family road trip pulling the pop-up camper or an overnight outing with a group of scouts harkens, consider an excursion to Florida’s Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf Islands to both recapture the past and create new memories for the future.

Charlotte Harbor: A peaceful pier (Source:

Charlotte Harbor: A peaceful pier (Source:

Campers love to explore the treasures of the great outdoors in Southwest Florida where there’s a bounty of lakes, forests, rivers, and more meandering through RV parks and campgrounds. In the great outdoors of Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf Islands, nestled along the coast between Sarasota and Fort Myers, the joys of RVing can be found in abundance.

Many amenity-laden parks are destinations in and of themselves and include swimming pools, lakes with boat/canoe/kayak rentals, game rooms, movie rentals/screenings, fishing ponds, bike paths and rentals, miniature golf, arts and crafts classes, and more.

These venues and nearby nature preserves also serve as the perfect canvas for wildlife photography, painting, and soft adventure excursions.

Whether you’re RVing in a travel trailer, a luxury fifth wheel, or diesel pusher Class A motorhome, it’s time to hit the road. Winter camping in Florida finds parks and campgrounds filled with friendly snowbirds without children in tow, which makes for a more relaxing getaway for boomers/seniors.

However, families take note, in summer, the outdoor lifestyle here is great for those with kids, as the little ones easily make friends with other campers’ offspring affording mom and dad a well-deserved respite in the great outdoors.

Fishermen's Village (Source:

Fishermen’s Village (Source:

The camping park you choose depends on your preferred outdoor activities. Hook up your RV to one of 10 campground and camping resorts in Charlotte County.

They are located close to shopping, beaches, restaurants, game fishing, dinner theaters, and golf courses.

Following is a listing with brief description of the campgrounds/RV parks you’ll find in Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf Islands:

Alligator Park, Inc.

Alligator Park is an age 55+ RV and mobile home community.

All sites are full hookup with 30 + 50 amp service. Swim in the heated pool, or stroll by the 30-acre lake, where fishing is allowed. Don’t be fooled by the country setting, with easy access to nearby Route 75 and U.S. 41, restaurants and shopping are within two miles. Enjoy dances in the new clubhouse or select a book from the free library.

Clean laundry facilities, hot showers, and Wi-Fi are available.

Address: 6400 Taylor Rd., Lot 112, Punta Gorda, FL 33950

Phone: (941) 639-7000


Gulf View Encore RV Resort

Gulf View Encore RV Resort

Gulf View Encore RV Resort

Situated on Alligator Creek, you’ll find immediate access to great fishing off the dock or from a boat.

Open year-round, the resort’s top features include: 200 sites, full hookups, hot tub, pool, showers, horseshoes, shuffleboard, and pets on leash are allowed.

Address: 10205 Burnt Store Road, Punta Gorda, FL 33950

Phone: (941) 639-3978 or (877) 237-2757 (toll free)


Harbor Lakes RV Resort

Enjoy a tropical lifestyle at Encore-Harbor. Numerous in-park activities are planned each season and besides 528 sites, there are resort cottages available.

Activities: fishing, horseshoes, shuffleboard, swimming, tennis court, volleyball court.

Facility amenities: big rig hookups, covered pavilion, dump station, electric 30 + 50 amp, exercise/fitness facilities, full hookups, hot tub, ice, laundry, parking, paved pads, phone hookup, picnic shelter, pool heated, pool outdoor, propane sales, recreation hall/clubhouse, recreational area, restaurant nearby, restrooms, showers, and tables.

Address: 3737 El Jobean Road (S.R. 776), Port Charlotte, FL 33953

Phone: (941) 624-4511 or (800) 468-5022 (toll free)


Myakka River Motorcoach Resort, a Luxury Waterfront Retreat for Class-A Motor Coaches

Myakka River Motorcoach Resort, a Luxury Waterfront Retreat for Class-A Motor Coaches

Myakka River Motorcoach Resort

This is a new Class A motor coach resort on the shores of the Myakka River in the unincorporated community of El Jobean.

The 30-acre resort features three lakes, a clubhouse with library and billiards room, pool with 75-foot swimming lanes, whirlpool spa, waterfront boardwalks and fishing pier, putting green, tennis courts, fitness room, large entertainment area and an activities calendar featuring water aerobics, yoga, crafts, and movie nights, plus a sunset patio to catch Florida sunsets.

The resort offers brick-paved motor coach pads and patios, sidewalks and lots of grassy areas for pets. Nearby are bike trails along with the Charlotte Sports Park, ballpark home to the Charlotte Stone Crabs AAA team in summer/fall and the Tampa Bay Rays spring training camp.

Address: 14100 Myakka Avenue, Port Charlotte, FL 33953

Phone: (941) 740-2599


Please Note: This is Part 2 of a 3-part series on Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf Islands

Part 1: Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf Islands: Florida Gulf Coast Paradise

Part 3: Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf Islands: Where RV Memories Abound

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