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White sandy beaches of the Gulf CoastThe white sandy beaches of the Gulf Coast are perfect for taking in those spectacular sunsets and most are only 10-15 minutes drive away. They include the beaches and parks at Englewood, Stump Pass, Manasota Key, Lemon Bay, Don Pedro and Gasparilla Island (Boca Grande). Most are run by the park service and are unspoilt and uncrowded, with good facilities. Besides swimming, fishing and shelling there are plenty of opportunities for other watersports like boating, kayaking, jet-skiing and sailing.


One of the five local golf coursesRotonda has 5 golf courses all within a few minutes drive from the villa. There are many more to choose from within a 20 minute drive. If its Golf you are interested in then the rolling greens, lush fairways, cool breezes, and outstanding customer service of Rotonda Golf & Country Clubs is just the place. Rotonda has 81 holes to choose from that challenges all skill levels, plus awards for "Beginner Friendly" and the best course in Charlotte County. No better place to play than on your doorstep in great weather.


RotondaFor those wishing to be explore the immediate area there are two bikes at the villa. Rotonda is perfect for walking and cycling and taking in the local views and waterways. For the more enegetic Tennis courts are available in the community area located in the centre of Rotonda where there is also a children's play area, a baseball pitch and connections to the bike trails. There are many places to fish or hire a boat. The Coast of Gasparilla Island is renowned for deep-sea fishing for Marlin.


Boca GrandeBoca Grande town, the island's lighthouse and beaches are a must to visit and admire with beautiful vistas as you cross the causeway to the island.

Florida wouldn't be Florida without Orlando and whilst at our villa many of our guests choose to make a trip to Orlando to visit the Disney, Universal and Sea World theme parks. It can be a very long and exhilarating day for the family but a tiring one, therefore we often suggest a stopover for one or two nights at one of the many budget hotels. This means you are more refreshed to enjoy the parks and the journey will be less of a chore. Of course when you return to the villa its back to relaxing times around the pool and at the beach.

Directly to the north the beautiful bays and city of Tampa is a 90-minute drive, and well within daily reach is the excellent Busch Gardens, Tampa. Theme park thrills alongside a Zoological park. Sarasota is a little under an hour with its coastal waterways, scenic views and designer shopping and Bradenton with its museums and history.

Myakka Nature ReserveThe Myakka Nature Reserve is one of Florida's oldest and largest nature attractions and is less than an hour's drive away. Myakka is popular for hiking, fishing, camping and, above all, wildlife observation. There is also Lemon Bay nature park just a few minutes from the villa on Placida Road. Also well worth a visit is Old Englewood village itself.

Within an hours drive south is Punta Gorda (Fisherman's Village - a pier with local speciality shops) and Fort Myers (Edison & Ford Houses) plus the unmissable Sanibel and Captiva Islands further out to the coast. A trip to the 'Everglades' will take around 2 hours and offers Indian reservations, airboat rides and don't miss Alligator viewing close up at the Park rest area for free.

A visit to vibrant Miami is 3 hours away. Perhaps an airboat ride or Alligator viewing on the way? Or why not just sit and relax and watch nature come past your door, or in the trees or the waterways of Rotonda. Our adjoining lots are natural and unspoilt and provide the perfect backdrop for outside dining.