The City of Punta Gorda is the only incorporated city in Charlotte County. Punta Gorda means "Fat Point" in Spanish and the city is located on a flat point of land sticking into Charlotte Harbor, one of the United States's largest natural harbors. This historic little city of nearly 18,000 residents has been named one of the best places to live and work in the US. Located conveniently between Sarasota to the north and Ft. Myers to the south it is an easy and quick drive to the major cities of Tampa, Orlando, and Miami. Punta Gorda residents and visitors stay active with fishing, boating, sailing, kayaking and waterfront living. Shopping, fine dining, arts and cultural activities also abound.