Located on a pristine, natural stretch of sand sits one of southwest Florida’s most coveted secrets. It’s private, peaceful and somewhere special you can’t drive your car to without taking the resort’s exclusive ferry. Sound enticing? Read on. Because this island community isn’t like anything you’ve ever experienced. In fact, it’s a place many vacationers consider sacred. One visit here will have you convinced that your journey into rest and relaxation is somewhat spiritual. Step onto the sand and you’ll feel as though you’ve transcended into nirvana.
If Goldilocks were to visit Palm Island Resort, she’d say it was “just right.” It’s a delicate balance of nature, glamour, adventure and respite. This hidden gem, tucked away in an oasis within Charlotte County, boasts 160 privately owned villas decorated in “Old Florida” style architecture. Each villa is uniquely decked out – cool, coastal and ultra inviting. It’s the exact vibe you’re supposed to feel as you disembark from the car ferry or boat you came over to this piece of paradise on.
Eating, antiquing, exploring await you – just point your compass and you’re off. Go North and you’ll find Stump Pass State Park where treasure seekers delight. This archeologically significant beach provides countless chances to discover sharks teeth. You are sure to come across remnants of Florida’s past while sifting through handfuls of shells or snorkeling close to shore. Don’t miss the shorebirds and land creatures that also frequent this beach.
The Fishery Restaurant in Placidia offers ’back water’ sea fare dining at its best, while the Zydaco Grille in Cape Haze features a spicy, saucy Cajun flare. For a gourmet experience, try the Lock & Key Restaurant in Englewood.
The more eclectic crowd should head over to Placida to visit the Margret Albritton Gallery. Don’t’ be surprised if you see Margret hard at work on one of her “Enviro–Florida” inspired designs. Antique shops have flourished in this artsy community, and are just a few short steps from Margret’s art gallery.
While visiting Placida be sure to take a leisurely kayak trip with Grande Tours along the “Woolverton (Mangrove Tunnel) Trail.” This memorable trek takes you deep within Florida’s coastal mangrove canopy, whilst marine life moves below and above you. It is quite a unique sensation!
Once you’ve visited Palm Island Resort, you’ll never see things quite the same. That’s the beauty of this place. Transformation takes hold and changes your perspective. It’s just one bit of generosity this island bestows upon each guest. Asking nothing in return.