The Cape Haze Peninsula could be described as a time capsule waiting to be discovered. It offers the visitor a diverse culture and a chance to glimpse the Florida of days gone by and is often referred to as the secret coastline. There are no big crowds here, just plenty of white sand lapped by the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and decorated with colourful shells and sharks teeth.

This stretch of coastline is easily accessible but remote enough to attract abundant wildlife, birds, dolphins, manatees, sea turtles, bobcats, raccoons, foxes and plenty of alligators all native to south west Florida. From sailing and boating, fishing, golf, fine and casual dining, shopping to the arts there is something for everyone, young and old alike.

Sailing and Boating:
For the boating enthusiast you will be spoilt for choice and
Charlotte Harbour was voted by Sail Magazine as one
of the “10 Greatest Places to sail”. The barrier islands with
their peaceful coves and bays that skirt this coastline are
just waiting to be discovered and make idyllic hideaways.

Kayaking:
Paddlers will find hundreds of miles of Blueway trails that
start with the Peace and Myakka rivers and extend out to
the Gulf of Mexico. You could try your hand at one of the
newest hybrid sports, kayak geocaching, in which you
hunt for hidden treasures while afloat on the water or
just revel in exploring these quiet back waters.

Fishing:
There are both saltwater and fresh fishing
opportunities, from the casual line thrown from the
pier to the more lustrous deep sea charters chasing
the mighty Tarpon, Kingfisher, Grouper,
Snook
and Bass Trout all here for the catching.
Fishing in Rotonda West is catch and release.
Licenses are required and the fish and bait stores
will advise you on these and the best locations for
the time of year you are visiting.
We have provided a fishing rod for guest use.

Shopping:
There are two local supermarkets within a short drive of 
our home; Publix to be found at the junction of 776 and 771
and a Winn Dixie located on 776 at the Sunnybrook junction.
We would recommend Publix, the fresh fish is excellent as
is the freshly baked bread and a new addition is fresh Sushi.

For retail therapy, nearby Port Charlotte (approximately 15
minutes by car) boasts a large mall. Dillard's, Macy's,
Hollister, Hallmark and J C Penny's are a few of the
shops in this mall.
The Pottery Barn and Saks can be
found in the Sarasota Mall; The Edison mall in Fort Myers
on route 41 is on the way to the outlet mall at Fort Myers.

Dining:
From the humble to the sophisticated, there are cuisines
to suit all tastes and pockets; one of our favourites
is The Captain’s Table overlooking Charlotte Harbour
located at the end of Fisherman’s Village in Punta Gorda.
Try the Crow’s Nest in Venice for a special celebration meal.
Farlow’s on the Water close by, is a lively spot, good food
with live music most evenings.
Another favourite eatery is the Columbia Restaurant in
Armand Circle, the food is excellent as is the
Signature Martini.
A newly opened eatery is the Beach Road Wine Bar & Eatery;
serving freshly cooked food in an ambient setting by Lemon Bay.
The menu changes every 8 weeks or so and the portions
are more European in size.

For a simple American breakfast, The Egg & I in
Grove City, is 5 minutes drive away.

Historic Englewood:
The quaint olde towne of Englewood has a thriving
arts community which is mainly centered around
Dearborne Street. This is where Craft and Art Markets,
together with car shows are often held.
However it is very quiet during the summer months of
June through to September.
With an unhurried feel it is an, an area that offers the
visitor a glimpse of when life was slow and simple.


Historic Punta Gorda:
Nestling beside the Peace river Punta Gorda is a mix of
old and new. Some of Florida's oldest homes have been
restored here.
Try the Historic walking tour or visit Fisherman's Village
with it's live entertainment, harbour cruises, specialty
shops or dine overlooking Charlotte Harbour.
Gilcrest Park often has live musical entertainment
and is a good vantage point for the
4th July firework celebrations.


Turkey Vultures at Myakka State Park

State Parks:
Are plentiful on the Cape Haze Peninsular and offer
the visitor an opportunity to see and experience nature
at its best.
One close by is the Myakka State Park which
protects one of Florida's most diverse natural areas: 45
square miles of wetlands, prairies and woodlands.
Myakka is popular for hiking, fishing, camping and
wildlife observation. Here you will find the canopy
walkway culminating in the Tree Top Tower the views
from which are quite spectacular.

The sun sets on Charlotte Harbour,
taken from Harpoon Harry's

 

Tennis:
Rotonda West, Community Park, Public courts - free
Lemon Bay High School (after school hours), Placida Road.
Englewood Tennis Club semi-private for information and fees
Tel: 941 475 3386

We have provided a comprehensive guide to the Cape Haze Peninsular and Beyond,
in the villa and it is on the bottom shelf of the hall console table.

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