The Gulf Coast is widely considered to be the finest area of Florida and is a complete contrast to the more hectic Orlando/Disney area. There are an abundance of uncrowded beautiful sandy beaches lapped by the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico to enjoy all year round.
The beaches of Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands line miles of the Gulf coast. Easily accessible yet quiet and remote enough to attract abundant birds, dolphins, sea turtles and other wildlife, they are a local treasure. There are no big crowds here, just plenty of white sand lapped by gentle waves from the Gulf of Mexico and decorated with colourful shells.
Lake Marlin is located on the beautiful Cape Haze Peninsular, close to the fabulous beaches of Gasparilla Island, Englewood and Stump Pass. Boca Grande Island lets you step back in time.
Close by are Local Nature Reserves, sea and river fishing, boating, water sports including jet-skiing, para-sailing and speedboat rentals. Finally, not forgetting 6 Golf Courses whithin minutes.
Fishing is widely accepted in Lake Marlin.
There are plenty of local restaurants catering for all tastes and pockets, two tennis courts, a cycle track, nature reserve, shops and supermarkets all within easy reach.
Wildlife abounds everywhere: Osprey, Pelicans, Ibis, Egrets,Turkey Vultures are all common sites. On our last visit we saw a Bald Eagle at 10 feet! Alligators, Racoons, Armadillos, Turtles can also be seen. Dolphins can often be spotted swimming in the ocean off the beaches.
Lake Marlin is ideally situated just minutes away from numerous activities including golf and deep sea fishing. Enjoy waterfront dining and sunset cruises from Englewood Beach or go shopping in Old Englewood adjoining Lemon Bay. Boat and jetski rental is available or just enjoy a stroll in one of the nature parks.
Our Villa is also in the perfect location for exploring the outer surrounding areas. Tampa, Fort Myers, Sanibel, Captiva, Sarasota, Naples and Orlando are all within reachable distance and all have something special to offer
Take a day trip to Busch Gardens adventure park which is just over a one hour drive or why not try the exhilarating hydrofoil journey from Fort Myers to Key West ?
Duffy's Golf Course, opposite Lake Marlin is an 18-hole course at the Duffy's Golf Centre. It features 3,641 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 59, and offers late night gaming.
Long Marsh Golf Club, a short drive from the Villa is set in 300 acres of natural Florida scrub, pines, oaks and palms, lakes and marshes that are a haven for wildlife.
Four sets of tees provide distances from 7120 yards to 5257 yards, a real test from the back.
Lemon Bay Golf Club, Open to the public from May 1 to September 30. Located within a wildlife preserve, along the beautiful waters of Lemon Bay, the naturalFlorida terrain provides an ideal habitat for native birds and animals.
Par 71, 18 hole course offers a fair yet challenging game for both novice and expert golfer.
Myakka Pines Golf Club, ( www.myakkapinesgolfclub.com )27 holes that are divided into three distinctly different courses, Each 9 hole course has it's own characteristics. The courses are about 3100 yards for men, 2800 for women and 3350 from the back tees.
The course is dotted with lakes and surrounded by Florida's natural fauna, with no deveopements of any kind to spoil the views.
The list could go on, but we do not have the space to list all the golf courses. There are over 70 courses between Tampa and Lake Marlin.
I invite you to take the most relaxing break of your life and enjoy our villa, with its unique splendor, un-matched by any other in the area.