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Gulf Coast - Florida - Idyllic beaches and low-key living

If you crave tranquillity, the resorts scattering the Gulf Coast are the places to be. From Hudson and New Port Richey, down to Naples and Marco Island in the south, it’s a region famed for its beaches. Sunset boat trips, island tours and the Everglades National Park with its abundance of wildlife are just some of the other treasures making up this little stretch of paradise.

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Fort Myers

Fort Myers is an ideal location to take in the islands of Sanibel and Captiva, which are only a 10 minute drive away. Our houses here are very spacious and there are plenty of local shops and restaurants. The Fort Myers beach springs into life at night with attractions for all the family. Canoeing around the waterways is very popular and the Thomas Edison winter home with its famous tropical gardens is also very close by and well worth a visit. For white sandy beaches, the islands are the place to go for a great day out. Here you will also find some cafes, shops and restaurants where you can watch the pelicans or enjoy a wonderful Floridian sunset.

  • 2hrs 10mins fromTampa

Venice

Abounded with natural beauty, Venice has something for all tastes. From stunning, white powder sand beaches, to quaint shops and restaurants in the downtown area and wonderful scenery along the Myakka River State Park. Beach living is a must when visiting Venice, the laid back Manasota Beach is perfect for those who enjoy sand, sea and sunshine. White sandy beaches and blue seas can be found for 14 miles down the coast line, an ideal spot to spend the day. If shopping is important to you, try downtown Venice, which is of Italian heritage and still maintains a lot of the architecture from its Italian namesake. Restaurants and bars can also be found in this area and provides a flavour of Italy into the night. There are several golf courses to be played when in Venice, all of which will have varying standards to test any golfer’s ability. For families a great idea is to try out the Oscar Scherer State Park which provides a chilled out way to see an array of Florida’s wildlife on foot or by bicycle. Geared towards children, it will be a chance to see some of the most endangered wildlife that Florida has to offer. With villas along the Manasota Beach area, take advantage of everything that Venice can offer!

  • 1hr 30mins fromTampa

Naples

With its manicured lawns, designer shops, art galleries and wonderful restaurants, Naples has an upmarket air about it. The resort is located close to six miles of soft white sandy beaches. Here we have some excellent apartments for families and couples, all within walking distance of the beach and shops. Alternatively, choose one of our villas situated outside the town and very close to local golf courses. Naples, which is also close to some great malls and outlet shops, is an ideal location from which to visit the world-famous Everglades and taking one of the spectacular airboat rides.

  • 2hrs 10mins fromMiami

Bradenton, Sarasota

Sarasota and Bradenton are within a three hour drive of Orlando and enjoy easy access to the local beaches on Longboat Key, Anna Maria Island, Lido Key and Siesta Key. Most of the villas are situated in residential areas of Bradenton - 10 minutes' drive north of Sarasota - where you will find many facilities including cinemas, theatres, shops and restaurants. A visit to the famous Ringling Brothers Heritage Circus and Museum should not be missed and a stroll around Armand circle on Lido Key, with its many restaurants and shops, is the place to be in the evening. There are many white sandy beaches in this area and there is nothing more relaxing than eating at one of the bayside restaurants watching the Pelicans gracefully skimming the sea. Watersports are popular here and nearly all equipment can be hired locally. From the harbour in Sarasota, there are various cruises available around the bay, the most popular being the sunset cruises where you can dance to a live band or simply watch one of the best sunsets on the Gulf.

  • 1hr fromTampa

Marco Island

Just a few minutes’ drive south of Naples, the star attraction of Marco Island is the array of beautiful white-sandy beaches where you can enjoy total relaxation under the Floridian sunshine. Set amid stunning and unspoilt natural beauty, the island boasts a wonderful, laid-back atmosphere and great hospitality from local people. You’ll find a selection of great restaurants in the resort, and a good choice of shops. Our superb villas are dotted all around the island within easy reach of the facilities on offer. Many of these excellent properties even boast their own boat dock.

  • 2hrs fromMiami

Your Gulf Coast - Florida Villa holiday

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On the beach in Gulf Coast - Florida

The Gulf Coast shoreline is blessed with balmy waters which stay warm all through the summer. An ideal holiday destination for sunbathing, you’ll find long tantalising stretches of white sandy beach from Bradenton in the north down to Naples and Marco Island in the south. Swimming, boating, fantastic fishing and diving are all popular along the sun-drenched Gulf Coast - a shoreline dotted with excellent facilities including great restaurants, picnic areas and beachside volleyball.

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Outdoor pursuits in Gulf Coast - Florida

Leisure meets pleasure on the Gulf Coast to create a relaxing holiday environment filled with activities to suit every taste. Whether you choose a round of golf (there’s over 100 challenging courses to pick from) cycling, windsurfing or sailing, you’ll find a fantastic variety of sports facilities here. The Gulf Coast also gives you the chance to get up close to nature with its endless waterways, wetland reserves and the famous Everglades National Park – home to alligators, crocs and rich bird life. Sunset boat trips, deep sea-fishing and island tours are all on offer, often accompanied by the friendly pelicans and dolphins. Children will love a day at the world famous Ringling circus museum and the hands-on Science museum in Sarasota

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Retail therapy in Gulf Coast - Florida

From big bustling malls to unique little boutiques, Florida’s Gulf Coast has it all. You can explore Sarasota’s Armand Circle, an exclusive district with more than 150 boutiques and a great choice of restaurants and cafes ideal for a long lazy lunch. Or visit one of the Gulf Coast’s many air-conditioned shopping malls and outlets, offering everything from the latest fashions to discounted designer seconds. Small local precincts, pretty and secluded, give a distinctly European feel as you’re wandering around, making sure that time is forgotten and shopping is savoured.

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Atmospheric evenings in Gulf Coast - Florida

Visitors and locals alike gather every evening to experience the famous Gulf Coast sunset. Enjoy the spectacular scenery from a bayside restaurant, or take one of the popular sunset cruises and dance to live music as you watch the beautiful skyline change. A wonderful choice of restaurants and bars can be found along the shoreline, some lively and others more tranquil and relaxing. For a complete taste of Florida on your villa holiday, Sarasota offers dozens of great restaurants and fun entertainment; while in Naples and Fort Myers you can relax in a waterfront eatery and watch the pelicans gracefully skimming the sea.

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Not to be missed...

  • Bradenton beach, Anna Maria Island. A day on the beach watching the pelicans, searching for sea shells, a game of volleyball, and watching the sunset at the Sandbar restaurant.
  • All the family will enjoy the history of the circus at the Ringling Museum, old 50’s cars at the Classic Car Museum and the children’s science museum in Sarasota.
  • Explore the sophisticated delights of Sarasota, with its chic live music bars and restaurants and a sunset cruise from the harbour.
  • Stay in Naples or Marco Island and tour the many nature parks and wildlife refuges – including the world-famous Everglades National Park to catch sight of a basking alligator

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