At the end of Cape Haze Peninsula, on the island of Gasparilla, adventurers will find Boca Grande, a beautiful barrier island. Boca Grande is home to seven miles of lovely white sand beaches that extend along the entire Gulf side and surrounded by azure waters – reminiscent of the Caribbean Sea. Nearby, estuaries fed by the Peace and Myakka Rivers mingle to create one of the most immaculate and thriving coastal ecosystems found anywhere on the globe. Boca Grande Pass, also known as Big Mouth Pass, is found at the southern end of the island. As one of Florida’s deepest water channels, it is home to vast schools of tarpon that remain the area and spawn in the Gulf of Mexico each summer.
The island’s center is home to the historic village of Boca Grande. Absent stifling traffic, skyscrapers, and the trappings of busy modern life, visitors will find a variety of fine and casual dining restaurants preparing fresh-caught seafood, alluring art galleries, and locally owned shops with items you won’t find anywhere else. While the island has been immortalized in many movies and photographs, residents of Boca Grande embody discretion, making the island a beloved getaway spot form for celebrities, politicians, and others.
Cape Haze can be found just a few miles north of the Boca Grande Causeway. Comprised of cozy neighborhoods with an Old Florida feel, local communities offer stately homes with pristine water views. Placida Harbor and Lemon Bay homes also quick access to the Gulf without the impediment of fixed bridges, making it a coveted location for yacht and sailboat owners. Homes not located directly on the water are never far from a marina or boat ramp, allowing all who live here to benefit from the peaceful sea village atmosphere.
Manasota Key is a small barrier island community found tucked between Lemon Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Neighborhoods are made up of single-family homes and condominiums located on both the bay and beach sides. Outstanding golf courses are located within a 15-minute radius, and world-class medical care can be found only 15 miles away in Venice. On the south end, residents and visitors enjoy some of the best life has to offer when it comes to night life and fine dining. The northern end of Manasota Key offers a serene setting ideal for relaxing with friends over a favorite cocktail. The area is also known for its canopied, tree-lined road providing both privacy and curb appeal for residents. Homes in the northern end often sit on an acre or more and offer beach or bay easement access.
Rotonda, made up of 7 different communities, is central to Cape Haze and especially beloved by golfers. Home to at least 6 courses, it’s never hard to schedule a tee time. While local golf club memberships are reasonably priced, membership isn’t required and all courses are open for public enjoyment. Fishing enthusiasts are welcome to enjoy several connected waterways. While they don’t provide access to the Gulf, small boats are allowed for touring or fishing. Rotonda also offers recreational activities through local clubs and groups, a community pavilion, park, and tennis courts.
Rotonda is a rapidly-growing, deed-restricted community, with most homes are located on the water, a golf course, or greenway. The area boasts newer infrastructure and has sewer and water lines already in place. Community members also benefit from secure boat and RV storage areas. With its close proximity to the beach, golf courses, shopping, and marinas Rotonda is a wonderful place to enjoy all life has to offer.
South Gulf Cove is a water lover’s dream! It offers more than 55 miles of navigable canals with access to almost 5,000 waterfront homes and the Gulf. Each canal flows into Interceptor Lagoon, a large lake pouring into the Gulf. Average water depths range from 6-9 feet and bridge clearance is generally 10 feet. Waterfront homes north of Calumet and South of Appleton Boulevard are located in an area designated for sailboats because there are no fixed bridges. Cruising along the canals and lagoon offers views of the immaculate shoreline, much of which is state preserve land.
Not all South Gulf Cove homes are on a waterway. There are approximately 10,000 homes or home sites without direct water access; however, these areas are highly coveted because of a nearby public boat ramp that gives all residents affordable waterway access. While South Gulf Cove is a deed restricted community, home owners may store RVs and boats on site. Reasonable deed restrictions and easy access to the water make South Gulf Cove an ideal community for both retirees and families and one of the most popular areas on the Peninsula.
Central to the Peninsula, Englewood can be found between Port Charlotte and the Gulf of Mexico. Located near golf courses, shopping, public beaches, and restaurants, it’s a popular choice for many. The area offers condos, townhomes, single-family dwellings, and villas. While parts of Englewood are more densely populated and bustling, East Englewood offers a slower pace and greater privacy. Englewood offers a beautiful balance of affordability and amenity access that can’t be beat by neighboring communities. In addition, deeds are generally not restricted, making it attractive to both RV and boat lovers.
Punta Gorda Isles was initially developed as a waterfront golfing community in 1957, and it has grown over the last several decades. It is deed-restricted and all homes, except for a few on St. Andrews Golf Course, are situated on expansive canals that provide access to both the Gulf and Charlotte Harbor. Both canals and seawalls are maintained by the city, a substantial benefit for residents.
Cape Coral can be found on Florida’s stunning Gulf Coast, and is home to more than 400 miles of canals, more than any other city in the world! The plethora of waterways make it easy for boat enthusiasts to reach the Gulf via the Caloosahatchee River or Matlacha Pass. While Cape Coral is home to its own beautiful Gulf beach, Sanibel Island and Fort Myers beaches are never far away. Avid golfers will find more than 7 courses in or near the city, many of which are open to the public.
Cape Coral is one of Florida’s early master-planned communities and is home to approximately 180,000 permanent residents. The cost of living in Cape Coral, FL is low for beach areas and right on par with the national average of cost of living, making it a hard deal to beat! In addition, Cape Coral is not deed restricted, and offers condominiums, villas, and single-family residences at competitive prices.
Fort Myers is a hub of creativity, fun and growth. The palpable energy is visible through its revitalized facades, thriving nightlife, and tantalizing restaurant scene. It also features many hiking trails, museums, and beaches. Home to both young families and retirees, Fort Myers is a perfect blend of cultural experiences, offering something for everyone. Many are attracted to Fort Myers because of its proximity to public beaches and laid-back lifestyle. Growth in residential developments has also sparked an increase in commercial growth including shopping, hotels, pubs, and other social venues.
Fort Myers offers many great properties in diverse locations with different views to suit the buyer’s purpose. Buyers that love the beach may find their beach-front homes on Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel Island, or Captiva Island. From elaborate waterfront vacation homes and high rises, to beautiful gated communities to more affordable apartments or single-family homes, there are many options with a price range wide enough to accommodate diverse buyers. Land is also available for those that would choose to build a custom home.
Arcadia sits in a prime location near Orlando, Ft. Myers, Sarasota, and Lake Okeechobee. The seat of DeSoto County, the city features an antique district, historic downtown, and unique entertainment options, that elevate any resident’s quality of life. Arcadia, is one of Florida's little hidden gems, known for southern charm, amiable residents, and beautiful homes and ranches.
Known for Florida’s “Best Hometown Dining,” DeSoto County offers benefits for any lifestyle. Orange groves, streams, and woodlands are abundant in an area that feels like a comfortable mix of the Old West and the Old South. You won’t find coastal cities or oceanfront high-rises here. DeSoto County offers tranquility, peace, and views of green pastures that stretch across the horizon. Even so, those who head south will find Charlotte Harbor about 30 minutes away, and Venice’s public beaches are no more than an hour away.