Thursday, 17 May 2012

Restaurant with a difference!

While on holiday in our, you may want to have lunch somewhere a bit different.

We can recommend Rum Bay Restaurant situated on Palm Island; accessible only by water taxi it makes for a very memorable dining experience.

Just a short drive from the villa, park the car at 'Johnny Leverock’s' in Cape Haze and catch the water taxi from the jetty (hidden round the back!)

Not only is the restaurant very good, after your meal you can enjoy a stroll along the many miles of totally amazing beaches (usually empty!) and take a quick look at all the Millionaire's Private Beach Homes.

One of the top sport fishing destinations in the world!

Rotonda and the surrounding areas area home to spectacular fishing and boating and is one of the many reasons people from all over the world return again and again to this region of Florida.

Two freshwater rivers, the Peace River and the Myakka River flow into the saltwater environs of Charlotte Harbour and Lemon Bay, which then flow out to the Gulf of Mexico. The mixture of the bodies of saltwater and freshwater spread out to form over 270 square miles of pristine estuary.

It's easy to contact a local Boat company to take you and your family/friends out for private trip to really experience first hand, the joys of fishing in Florida.  Many of our guests have had great success at catching their own dinner!!

Fish from your own Private Dock

One of the unique benefits of our www.gloriousgulfvilla.comvilla is that it has its own private fishing dock situated at the end of the garden.  Many guests have reported back many successful catches.  Fishing rods and beach chairs are provided.

Facing right onto the waterfront, it's the perfect spot for fishing, reading a book, sipping a glass of wine/cold beer wine while watching the sunset or just watching the locals travelling up and down in their boats.

The fishing dock is also a real wildlife magnet with many animals choosing to relax on it so it's a great place to nature watch too.

Fishing from A to Z:-

The following is an alphabetical list of fish that can regularly be found in the waters of Charlotte Habor & the Gulf Islands at different times of the year:-

Amberjack, Bluegill, Cobia, Dusky shark, Eagle ray, Florida garfish, Goliath grouper, Hardhead catfish, Jolthead porgy, King mackerel, Lizardfish, Mangrove snapper, Nurse shark, Pompano, Redfish, Strawberry grouper, Tom Tate grunt, Vermillion, Warmouth, Yellowtail snapper and Zillions of others (well almost!)

Florida Car Hire / Park Tickets

Car Hire & Sat Nav Hire

It's very confusing when faced with so many different car rental websites to choose from when you are planning your Florida travel arrangements.  So, to make life a bit easier for you, I have detailed below a friendly, reliable and competitively priced car hire company.

As villa owners, we have personally used them for many years and their prices are usually really hard to beat and their service is excellent. 
Here's just some of the reasons why you should consider them:-
·       Recognised Reputable Companies – choose from Alamo, Dollar or National
·       Just £25 deposit to book - balance due 8 weeks prior to collection
·       On arrival option to use FREE Express Service – beat the queues!
·       Guaranteed Fully Inclusive Rates (all taxes, surcharges, insurance, excess waiver cover etc) – no nasty surprises or hidden extras on arrival
·       Amendment & Cancellation protection fees included – no charges for unlimited amendments or cancellation
·    Hire Sat Nav as an optional extra 
·       No credit card surcharges
·       Upto 2 drivers as standard
All I would ask is that if you do decide to use this site, please remember to add in our
Villa Code 3146 if you are prompted which will help us out by ensuring we remain near the top of their search listing for advertising purposes.
Car Hire:                Car Hire Web Address Link
Sat Nav Hire:        Sat Nav Hire Web Address Link

Disney/Busch Gardens Tickets

 You may also be looking for competitively priced park tickets for all the Disney attractions and Busch Gardens and again, we can personally recommend the below site.  As before, please remember to add in our Villa Code 3146 if you are prompted which will help us out by remaining near the top of their search listing for advertising purposes.
·       Genuine park tickets
·       No vouchers
·       No timeshare tours
·       No gimmicks
·       Various delivery options
·       Some of the cheapest on the web
Clicking on the below link you will see all the various options:-

Park Tickets: Park Tickets Web Link

Calling all Nature Lovers!

I have just received this amazing email from our long term renters who are currently enjoying their 4th return visit to
In the past, they have been so lucky with capturing all sorts of wildlife from the privacy of our villa but I think this report beats it all:-

"Awesome, Awesome, Awesome...could not let this go without you guys being aware of it...

On Tuesday an otter came right up to the lanai with a massive fish and proceeded to eat it within the trees, but yesterday a massive disturbance down at the decking and out of the creek/canal came the same otter with two babies but this time being chased by an Alligator!!!!!  They thankfully escaped to loud cheers from us both sadly it all happened so quick we could not get to camera in time.

Enthralled by this we sat down for a beer to recover and an Osprey flew over and perched on one of the trees for 5mins!!!!

Couple this with red Cardinals red Tannigers and the ubiquitous mocking bird apply for the above!!!"

If you would love the opportunity of getting up close and personal to many different species of wildlife then please consider our as your next holiday destination.