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The Gulf Coast of Florida has some of the most beautiful beaches in the United States and offers a choice of many diverse destinations that will provide a fun-filled vacation in one of many Florida Gulf Villas.
There are three distinct areas of the Gulf Coast in Florida: The Panhandle that includes Pensacola and Panama City; West Central Region that includes Tampa, St. Petersburg, Tarpon Springs, Bradenton and Anna Maria Island; and the Southwest region that includes Rotonda, Port Charlotte, Venice and Captiva.
The West Central region is the most popular with tourists for its beaches, its cultural events, golfing, fishing and hiking. The Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg or St. Pete’s Beach area are well known for their beaches along with their open-air market, museums and nightlife.
New Port Richey has a river running through the middle of town making for a unique and different downtown area. They hold an annual eleven day Chasco Fiesta on the riverbanks, with a celebration of Native American heritage that includes a boat parade with floats and other festivities.
Bradenton is known as The Friendly City and is part of the Sarasota and Venice area just south of Tampa Bay. Besides being known for its beaches, it has a large cultural and historical area and of course has its share of beautiful golf courses for the avid sportsman. This city makes sense to stay in a Florida Gulf Coast villa that will provide a home base for you to explore the areas of this region. Anna Maria Island is a laid back fishing village with three piers where you can charter a boat or enjoy a meal while looking at the beautiful scenery.
The Village of Bradenton features a monthly Art Walk the first weekend of every month from 6 pm to 9:30pm on Friday and Saturday 11am to 4pm. With the largest artist community in Florida, you will find displays of jewelry, ceramics, clothing, collectibles and other affordable fine art – along with gourmet cafes, art galleries and other shops to entice the visitor. For other cultural activities in Bradenton you can enjoy the Ringling Museum of Art and the Ringling College of Art.
In Venice the Venetian Waterway Park parallels both sides of the Intracoastal Waterway with beautiful waterfront scenery to entice you walk and shop or see the restored Venice Train Depot. In Sarasota you can enjoy the Selby Botanical Gardens or the Sarasota Jungle Gardens.
With an historic downtown area with many antique shops, Tarpon Springs is a charming city that features the Sponge Docks where the sponge industry began in the 1920’s. With the heritage of the sponge divers evident, you can enjoy shopping or dining on the docks or take a cruise down the Anclote River to the Gulf of Mexico or visit the salt water aquarium.
In the Southwest Gulf Coast area of Florida you will find cities like Cape Coral that has over 400 miles of canals – more than any other city in the world – with most of them leading you to the Gulf of Mexico. Captiva Island is popular where you can choose the water sports you most enjoy – fishing, boating, kayaking, and swimming or catch nature at its best seeing blue herons, dolphins and many other species of birds and wildlife.
Rotonda is a great base for your trip where you can find a Florida Gulf Coast Villa that will provide your family with not only lodging, but a luxurious place to unwind after a busy day. With three golf courses in your back yard – because many of the villas back up to them – golf enthusiasts will feel right at home. A wildlife refuge provides a protected area for alligators, herons, egrets and bald eagles so nature lovers will enjoy the serenity of this area.
Englewood Beach is close by for swimming and Port Charlotte or Fort Myers offers fine dining, shopping and sporting events. The Tampa Bay Rays, a major league baseball team, holds its spring training in Port Charlotte. Punta Gorda is another historic city that features cobblestoned streets in its downtown area and antique shops to keep you enthralled with history.
Fort Myers has several museums you should check out that include MOTI or Museum of the Islands tells about the pioneering homesteaders and Calusa Indians native to the area. Boca Grande Lighthouse is a working lighthouse built in 1890 and showcases Gasparilla Island’s history. Nearby Whidden’s Marina is fun for fishing or dining.
Whatever your destination may be, you can be assured that Florida Gulf Coast Villas will accommodate your every need. So book your vacation now!
For alternative Florida Villa rental options, expand your search criteria to include Atlantic Coast Villas or for those who are seeking the thrill of the theme parks, in Florida look at Davenport Villas.