About Gulf Coast
Kick off your flip-flops and get ready to sunbathe on these amazing beaches. With brilliant blue waves lapping gently upon sands as soft and white as sugar. The beaches along the Gulf Coast are among the most beautiful and majestic in the country.
The Gulf Coast stretches for some 770 miles along Florida’s west coast. As well as stunning white sand beaches the area is rich in wildlife sanctuaries,
picturesque coastal towns, trendy shops and boutiques plus plenty of cultural treasures.
Not sure where to stay on the gulf coast? Look no further! We have a wide selection of breathtaking villas with all the mod cons and wonderful Gulf Coast sights and sounds nearby, relaxing for all the family and a huge selection of fantastic places to stay.
Bradenton, Anna Maria Island & Longboat Key
Anna Maria Island earned a TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award as one of the Top Ten Islands in the United States. Downtown Bradenton’s Riverwalk received a 1st place award as the top cultural, sports and recreation project by the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Commission. Plus six of our beaches now have the prestigious “Blue Wave Certification” from the Clean Beach Coalition. With easy access to three international airports, we’re close to all the major attractions, yet far from the crowds.
The Bradenton Area boasts not one, but two world-class wineries:
- Bunker Hill Winery- is a "GREEN" Environmentally Responsible Winery and offers complimentary tours and tastings of their handcrafted wines.
- Rosa Fiorelli Winery- has a 10-acre Muscadine vineyard and their wines have won more than 100 awards. Tours include your choice of an authentic Italian lunch and wine in a complimentary souvenir glass to take home.
- Dakin Dairy Farms – A visit to Dakin Dairy Farm is not only fun; it’s good for you! The farm is one of only three dairy farms left in the Bradenton Area.
- Mixon Fruit Farms- has always been famous for its plump, juicy citrus, its gift shop and Groveside Café. But now, visitors can take a ride on the Orange Blossom Express through the groves past the Children’s Magical Maze and Wildlife Rescue, where the family will delight in an interactive show with rescued Florida animals, reptiles and birds. Our favorite thing about Mixons … their homemade orange swirl ice cream!
- Robinson Nature Preserve - Robinson Nature Preserve in Bradenton is an exquisite nature preserve that is a popular destination for wildlife photography and bird watching, Tucked into the corner of northwest Bradenton, it includes 487 acres of coastal saltern, marsh, and mangrove habitat.
- Turtle Watch Tours - In the Bradenton Area, the beaches are shared with Florida’s abundant wildlife and families visiting from May through November can experience “turtle nesting season”.
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To the North of Fort Myers is Cape Coral, renowned as a waterfront wonderland with more canals than anywhere else in the world (over 400 miles of waterways) and also by birding enthusiasts a wide abundance of wildlife, having the largest population of burrowing owls in Florida. Exploring Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve is a great way to see local wildlife with raised walkways through the mangroves giving visitors a fist hand experience of Florida’s eco system.
A short drive from Fort Myers City and the historical winter homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford on the shores of the Caloosahatchee River, Cape Coral is ideal for those who want to be by the water and on the water. Many holiday home rentals in Cape Coral are waterside and include a boat as part of the home rental so you can navigate to a nearby beach or moor up at a waterside restaurant.
Cape Coral also boasts a stunning resort the Westin Cape Coral; a paradise for those looking to relax and be pampered after a long drive and after a fun filled Orlando visit. The Westin is surrounded by water with its own marina with a daily boat transfer to Fort Myers Beach for those looking for a more activities. With a kids club, golf course, spa and an array of eateries The Westin is a great place to chill in the sun. Cape Coral is suitable for families, groups & couples who are looking for a relaxed holiday on the waterfront setting. Cape Coral offers holiday home rentals directly onto the sound via canals that run through the area. Most properties have direct water access with boats included.
Fort Myers & Sanibel Island
Orlando, Miami, Key West, New York City, Las Vegas & Boston are all great twin centre options. Hotel, self-catering and villa rental options across the islands. *****The Key West Express offers daily catamaran service between Fort Myers Beach and Key West; approximately 3.5 hours each way - a stunning boat transfer for those visiting Miami and Key West. The Key West Express is a full service operating twice daily year round.*****
Relax on the beach after a cruise departing Fort Lauderdale or Miami - only two hours’ drive away
Along the Gulf of Mexico coast, Atlantic and Gulf and New Orleans to Southern Florida all work well
With families across generations - relax with nature in the sun and reconnect with what matters to you
Naples, Marco Island & the Everglades
Whether travellers are looking for a romantic escape or family getaway, Florida’s Paradise Coast - Naples, Marco Island and the western portion of the Everglades — has an array of holiday options year-round. With more than 30 miles of soft, white sand beaches, world-class golf, a thriving arts and culture scene, distinctive dining and the best of outdoor adventure, the Paradise Coast is truly a destination with it all.
They call it the Paradise Coast. It's the Southwest Gulf Coast area of Florida that includes the resort cities of Naples and Marco Island, along with Everglades City and several national, state, local and private parks and nature preserves.
Many people don't realize the Gulf Coast entrance to Everglades National Park, located in Everglades City, is the gateway to the saltwater portion of this expansive national park. Many say this is the most beautiful section of the park, and it is a favorite with sport fishermen and paddlers for its natural wilderness and quiet beauty.
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Anchored at the western tip of Florida, stretching miles along the Gulf of Mexico, Pensacola Beach’s mild temperature, sugar-white beaches, and crystal clear waters draw beach lovers, fishing enthusiasts and environmentalists alike.
Pensacola Beach’s atmosphere ranges from lively crowds at the main beaches with lifeguards to quiet, secluded beaches bordered by wispy sea grass. No matter what the season, beachgoers can relax on the sunny, peaceful shores of the Pensacola Beach’s award-winning, emerald-green coastline.
Located on Santa Rosa Island, one of the longest barrier islands in the world, Pensacola Beach has an old Florida feel with natural beaches, local hangouts, first-rate fishing and a historic fort.
Art & Culture
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Located just 90 minutes from Orlando and 30 minutes from Tampa International Airport and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, St. Pete/Clearwater offers something for everyone and a holiday experience second to none.
Top 10 Things To Do:
- Spend the day on one of our beautiful ‘Award-Winning’ beaches
- Celebrate the amazing sunsets at Pier 60 Festival, a nightly sunset celebration that takes place in Pier 60 Park on Clearwater Beach
- Explore natural adventures within our pristine park system including Caladesi and Honeymoon Islands and Fort De Soto State Park
- Observe astounding art at the Salvador Dali Museum in downtown St. Petersburg which houses the largest collection of the artists work outside of Spain
- Discover our diverse heritage from Tarpon Springs, a historic riverfront town famous for sponge diving, to Dunedin with its Scottish Heritage and antique shops galore
- Visit Winter the Dolphin, star of the hit movies 'Dolphin Tale 1' & ‘Dolphin Tale 2’ at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium
- Canoe or Kayak through the many mangrove swamps and waterways
- Play a round of golf at more than 50 challenging courses
- Enjoy a day at one of the many state of the art spas
- Shop and dine amid boutiques and bistros, both fine and eclectic
With unmatched natural beauty and engaging people and activities, the St. Pete/Clearwater coast has something to capture the heart of every visitor. From pristine Caladesi and Honeymoon Islands in Dunedin, to the bustling sugar sands of Clearwater Beach, to the laid back allure of Madeira Beach and further still to Treasure Island and points even farther south, there is definitely a stretch of beach to satisfy anyone. The area isn’t home to America’s award-winning beaches for nothing.
In St. Pete/Clearwater anyone can get closer to nature and rent a canoe or kayak to paddle through our peaceful mangrove trails or if you feel the need for speed, why not hire a jet ski from John’s Pass Village in Madeira Beach or try your hand at a private two man speed boat. For a bird’s eye view of our coastline try parasailing from St. Pete’s Beach or have a go at Jetlev and get to fly 30 feet above the water with a futuristic jetpack strapped to your back!
Grouper, stone crab and artisan chocolates are just a few of the delicacies to enjoy here. Other people eat, but here we savour and with the added bonus of gentle sea breezes and sparkling water views, who can deny that this isn’t a winning combination! With over 2750 local eateries ranging from local casual gems to fine dining establishments, there will be something to suit every taste.
Nightlife in the area is vibrant and varied. From local nightclubs and speciality cocktail bars to the craft beer hub of Dunedin, the St. Pete/Clearwater area has one of the best nightlife scenes in Florida. There is an abundance of eclectic music venues, hot dance clubs, cigar bars, fabulous local breweries and lots more to take your fancy.
Take off your sunglasses, put away the sunscreen and prepare to be amazed. Some of the area’s most beautiful and original sights can be found in our area art museums and galleries. Start with Mediterranean-flavoured St. Petersburg, which is home to the world-famous Dalí Museum, boasting the most comprehensive collection of the Spanish surrealist's works outside of Spain. Or head to artsy Gulfport, where galleries, shops and restaurants occupy Old Florida bungalows and the yearly Gecko-fest celebrates the town's independent spirit.
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