Thinking of buying land in Florida near beaches? There’s lots of affordable quality Florida land for sale - you just need to know where to look.
Lucky for you, you’re looking in the right place! I’m going to share with you a sweet spot in southern Florida that boasts fantastic prices for vacant and undeveloped land.
Charlotte County is located on the gulf coast of southern Florida. This area of Florida has a colorful history. It was settled by the Spanish in 1565, who named it ‘Bahia de Carlota’, or Charlotte Bay. In 1775 the English claimed the area from the Spanish and named it ‘Charlotte Harbor’ in honor of Queen Charlotte Sophia, wife of King George III (the monarchs at that time). The current land size of Charlotte County is 680 square miles and 178 square miles of water. Charlotte County has been growing steadily in recent years, and its current population is approximately 175,000 people.
Southern Florida is a popular worldwide travel destination due to its promise of sunshine, heat, and beaches all year round. Charlotte County will not let you down. Summer temperatures average around 91°F! Perfect weather for lounging on the beach, taking a dip in the ocean to cool you off. Pure bliss. Winter temperatures average around 51°F, and here’s the best part – with 0 inches of snowfall! Why torture yourself with ice-covered cars, cold bones, and snow-ridden driveways? This climate offers the perfect conditions for snow birds, or those looking to escape from the dreaded winters.
It’s not just the 8-month summer climate that draws people to Charlotte County, it’s the landscape! Southern Florida is blessed with a multitude of beaches, Everglade-like parks, and picturesque treasures such as the Florida Keys! Charlotte County is on the gulf coast, which usually has warmer ocean temperatures than the Atlantic coast. Enjoy a cold drink on the beach, in a hammock, under a palm tree. Explore national parks in the area by kayak, sail, or motor-boat. Southern Florida offers one of the most relaxing and tranquil scenes in all of the U.S., hang out here to recharge and refresh yourself, let the beach wash your worries away!
Florida sees a high number of internal immigration every year, around 1.56% or 375,000 people! This means that many people are paying for over-priced real estate and living conditions, just to get a sport in the sunshine state. If you’re looking to move to or establish a vacation home in Florida, Charlotte County may be the perfect place for you. There are a handful of larger cities to choose from: Port Charlotte (population: 69,754), Punta Gorda (population: 65,520), Englewood (population: 15,631), Rotunda West (population: 8,306), and Placida (population: 2,157). Charlotte County offers plenty of shopping opportunities, with some fantastic nearby outlet malls (Promenades Mall, Port Charlotte Town Center, Bealls Outlet Stores, Sanibel Outlets). A great place to walk around on those few rainy days.
The cost of living in Charlotte County is less expensive than the U.S. average and less than that of its neighbors Fort Myers and Sarasota. You get the benefits of nearby big cities, without the increase in taxes and costs! The savings may draw you to Charlotte, but the community will keep you here. This is a community that cares about its environment and has initiated several Community Redevelopment Agencies to encourage local initiative to revitalize older downtowns and declining neighborhoods. Some examples include the Charlotte Harbor, Murdock Village, and Parkside.
There is also the Charlotte Community Foundation. This is a nonprofit organization that is focused on the well-being and quality of life for its citizens. They address resident needs, issue scholarships, and promote growth in the region. The Charlotte Community Foundation works towards its goal:
Our goal is to enhance the quality of life for Charlotte County residents by nurturing a community of givers and connecting them to the causes that make a difference. We want to help build an enduring community of philanthropy that addresses community needs now and in the future.
In order to help promote growth, Charlotte County has worked towards becoming more progressive and open-minded, and the result is the Charlotte 2050 Comprehensive Plan. The Plan documents how the county will grow in the future, complete with goals, objectives, and policies to help guide development. This progressive mindset transcends property ownership. Charlotte allows you to customize your land in a multitude of ways. Some properties allow for tiny homes, manufactured and container homes or a custom developed home. Other properties may allow for RVs and mobile homes, or perhaps camping.
When evaluating the property in any county, it’s best to check with the county’s Planning and Zoning Department or equivalent (we discuss why this is important in our eBook – get it here) to get the zoning classification. In Charlotte County, the best place to contact would be the Planning & Zoning Division. They will be able to tell you what a property is zoned for, and so what activities or structures can be built on it.
If you’re planning on building, the Building Construction Division of Charlotte offers services for plan review, permits, code compliance, and contractor licensing. Additionally, Charlotte County offers a Green Building Program complete with energy saving tips. At a bare minimum, any development or construction site in Charlotte County must have the following:
Approved Plan and Building Specifications
Florida is an amazing travel destination, and Charlotte County is no exception! Whether you’re looking to vacation or relocate to the south, you won’t run out of things to do! Being on the gulf coast and surrounded by rivers and waterways provides the area with dozens of different fishing sites. Some of the most common species are:
If you’re willing to venture out a bit farther and do some deep-sea fishing, you will find snapper, amberjack, cobia, kingfish, different shark species, and tuna. Let your angling expertise grow with every throw of the line!
Along with a fantastic fishing scene, Charlotte County also offers a competitive hunting environment. Per the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, a license is required to hunt or fish recreationally. Nearby Fort Myers offers some of the best trophy boar hunts in the state of Florida. Some common game in Florida is:
Bird and waterfowl
Dove and quail
Naturally, Florida also offers an extensive selection of beaches. Port Charlotte Beach Park has clean sand, sheltered waters, and spectacular sunsets. Amenities include a boardwalk with a fishing pier, boat ramp, kayak launch, bocce ball courts, basketball courts, tennis courts, beach volleyball courts, a playground area, restrooms, and a recreation center with a heated swimming pool. Englewood Beach offers white sand, blue waters, a boardwalk with covered lookouts, restrooms, showers, beach volleyball courts, basketball courts, horseshoe pits, a playground area, food vendors, and pavilions with charcoal grills. Popular beaches in Charlotte County include Port Charlotte Beach Park, Englewood Beach at Chadwick Park, Manasota Key, Placida, Punta Gorda Beach, and Cape Haze.
Florida is blessed with one of the longest golf seasons in the U.S., plenty of time to perfect your swing! There are over 20 golf courses in the area to choose from, some of these are private clubs, and others are open to the public. One of the best is the Port Charlotte Golf Club, a premier course located in the heart of Charlotte County. A golf haven practically at your doorstep!
Aside from hunting, fishing, and golfing, Charlotte still has tons of activities to offer!
MLB Spring training
Museums (Historic Center, Military Heritage Museum, Blanchard House, Lisa L Gallery-Studio, Muscle Car City)
Punta Gorda Downtown Farmer’s Market
Youth Sports Leagues
Community Events (Boat Shows Booze Cruises, Mango Mania, Chalk Festival, Shark Coast Tactical, Sarasota Highland Games and Celtic Festival, Knights of Columbus Car Show)
The Myakka State Forest is a must visit in Charlotte County. The Myakka River flows through the northeastern portion of the forest, dividing it into two tracts. This ensures plenty of recreational activities such as biking, camping, horseback riding, fishing, hiking, hunting, paddling, and picnics. Myakka State Forest is an excellent park with much to see and wildlife to observe (with active alligators!). Enjoy a walk, tree bathing in this peaceful environment, and press the reset button on your day.
Another great way to reset and get in touch with nature is to explore nearby Stump Pass Beach State Park and Gasparilla Island State Park. At either of these beautiful beach hangouts you can rent a kayak, and wander through the blue water. Keep an eye out for manatees, turtles, rays, and other colorful fish
Charlotte County is filled with beaches, shorelines, and activities. It’s an incredible opportunity for those looking to establish a vacation home, move, or retire to Florida without overpaying. Charlotte County is an undiscovered paradise in between larger cities and metropolitan areas, but it won’t stay that way for long!