• Cape Haze Peninsula

    July 14, 2015

    Cape Haze Peninsula

    Welcome to the Cape Haze Peninsula

    When people dream of Florida, they are probably dreaming of a place like the Cape Haze Peninsula, with its quiet barrier islands, sugar-sand beaches, turquoise waters, and verdant golf courses. The Cape Haze Peninsula is a 30-mile stretch of southwest Florida bordering the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The peninsula encompasses the communities of Gulf Cove, South Gulf Cove, Cape Haze, Placida, Boca Grande, Rotonda, Englewood, and the surrounding islands. The communities on the peninsula are quite diverse, ranging from the affordable golfing community of Rotonda to the preppy island village of Boca Grande, second home to some of the country’s most prominent families. However, all communities on the peninsula share an Old Florida, tranquil lifestyle.

    People live here to enjoy golfing, fishing, and boating on the Gulf of Mexico, Charlotte Harbor, and Myakka River, and white sand beaches with spectacular sunsets. There are many barrier islands to explore. Marinas, inns, and local restaurants provide a tropical atmosphere. Overall, the Cape Haze peninsula has a very private feel, and it remains less crowded than Venice and Sarasota, the larger neighbors to the north.


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    Rotonda West

    Rotonda West is a premier golf community located in western Charlotte County and the center of the Cape Haze peninsula. The master-planned community is known for its distinctive circular layout and many golf course homes. Rounded, curved streets are designed around several golf courses following a pie-shaped pattern. In all, there are seven distinct neighborhoods and five golf courses offering 99 holes of golf. All courses are open to the public and affordable. One of the great things about Rotonda is that all home lots are located on either a golf course, freshwater canal, or greenbelt. While the canals do not provide access to the Gulf of Mexico, fishing is available, and small boats can be enjoyed in the waters.

    In addition to golf, Rotonda offers many outdoor activities. The community features a large park in the center of the development where a playground, pavilion, and tennis courts are available. The extensive bicycle and walking paths are very popular among the residents.


    The community is deed restricted, and the annual membership for the homeowner’s association is very reasonable. Rotonda West has just under 9,000 residents. There are 8,000 lots, of which 5,000 have been developed as single-family homes. Many residents are snowbirds who reside in the community during the fall and winter months.

    Rotonda West encompasses the neighborhoods of White Marsh, Long Meadow, Pine Valley, Broadmoor, Oakland Hills, and Pebble Beach. There are other Rotonda developments located “outside the circle.” These are the neighborhoods of Rotonda Lakes, Rotonda Heights, Rotonda Sands, Rotonda Meadows, and Rotonda Villas. Each community has its own deed restrictions and board of directors. These neighborhoods are primarily developments of single-family homes. All of the neighborhoods are very convenient to restaurants and shopping.

    Rotando West is located on the Cape Haze peninsula with access from SR 776 (McCall Road), Sr 771 (Gasparilla Road), Sunnybrook Boulevard, and SR 775 (Placida Road).

    South Gulf Cove

    DSC01126 (Small)South Gulf Cove is a boating community located in western Charlotte County. A large community of 15,000 home sites, it is currently experiencing growth, with many new single-family homes being built and many homes for sale.

    There are over 50 miles of navigable canals with access to the fantastic fishing in Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico. The canals lead to a lock at the mouth of the Myakka River, which flows into Charlotte Harbor. (The lock maintains the water depths so that the canals are not affected by low tides.) From Charlotte Harbor, you are just a short boat ride away from the Gulf of Mexico.

    The location is truly the best of both worlds for both boating and beaching. South Gulf Cove is 15 minutes away from Englewood Beach, one of the most beautiful and popular beaches in Southwest Florida, and the famous island of Boca Grande. In addition, South Gulf Cove is just minutes from shopping, restaurants, and medical facilities. Golfers are in luck too. There are 99 holes of public golf in the immediate area.

    There are numerous waterfront homes in the community, and the homes tend to be newer. Vacant lots are still available both on and off the water. About 1/3 of the lots are waterfront lots and 2/3 are “dry.” South Gulf Cove is a great place to live even if you do not own a home on the water. Several boat ramps and marinas are conveniently located nearby and allow for direct access to Lemon Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Residents of South Gulf Cove also enjoy the area parks and community activities.

    Home and property prices in South Gulf Cove are very reasonable; in fact, South Gulf Cove is the most affordable saltwater community in Southwest Florida. Reasonable pricing, great location and friendly neighbors are some of the reasons why South Gulf Cove is experiencing a boom in new home construction. The area is deed restricted for architectural compliance and has a voluntary homeowners association.

    South Gulf Cove was recently featured on “Beachfront Bargain Hunt,” an HGTV show that features buyers searching for beachfront living on a reasonable budget. Come and experience the lifestyle!

    The community has four entrances off Gasparilla Road (SR 771) and is easily accessible from SR 776.

    Gulf Cove

    Gulf Cove is the second largest community on the Cape Haze Peninsula. It is a serene community and a boating paradise that borders the beautiful Myakka River. Gulf Cove is located between Englewood and Port Charlotte, which means that residents can enjoy both Englewood’s beaches and the shopping and dining of Port Charlotte.

    Gulf Cove is a great place for those who love boating, fishing, and days at the beach. Homes are located along the Myakka River and the many canals, most of which allow for quick access to the river. From the Myakka River, boaters are just a short ride from Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico. The Myakka River is one of only two rivers deemed wild and scenic by the state of Florida, and Gulf Cove’s waterfront homes provide spectacular views of the river and its wildlife. Even those who do not own a waterfront home have quick access to Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico, thanks to Gulf Cove’s private boat ramp. Gulf Cove is also a short drive from the four beautiful beaches of Manasota Key.

    Gulf Cove’s location between the Myakka State Forest and the Myakka River makes it a prime location for those who love nature and wild beauty. The area has a significant amount of open space that allows for viewing Florida’s diverse wildlife. Another benefit is the community park reserved for use by members of the voluntary property owners association.

    There are many organizations in this active community. Most are devoted to the avid fishing and boating opportunities afforded by the great location. The bridge over the river is also home to some of the best snook fishing in the area.

    Gardens of Gulf Cove

    Gardens of Gulf Cove is a deed restricted community of 985 homes located directly off State Highway 776. The appeal of this community is the many activities available through the recreation center and the community center. There are two pools, shuffleboard, basketball, tennis, and bocce ball. The recreation center houses a lending library, pool tables, exercise equipment, card tables and other activities. Membership in the property owners association is mandatory. There is a secure area for RV and utility trailer storage, which can be used for a reasonable fee. The community is conveniently located next to local shopping and restaurants. Englewood Beach is a quick 15-minute ride away.


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    Boca Grande

    On the island of Boca Grande you will not find chain stores, billboards, or traffic lights, and golf carts are the primary form of transportation. Boca Grande is full of charming shops and eateries. Boca Grande’s charm and seclusion have brought many prominent people and families to the island. Of course, Boca Grande’s primary attraction is its perfect beaches and emerald waters. The sugar sand is some of the softest you will find anywhere, and the historic lighthouse is almost famous. Boca Grande also has the finest tarpon fishing in the world. Anglers come from all over during tarpon season, which opens in April or May, to stalk the mighty “Silver King” in Boca Grande Pass—a one-mile-wide stretch between the Gulf and Charlotte Harbor.

    Even for those of us who can’t live in Boca Grande full time, its charm is always a short drive from the surrounding communities of Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, North Port, and Englewood.

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    Placida is a former fishing community that, despite its change over the years, has maintained its old-Florida charm. Placida is located on the mainland just north of the Boca Grande Causeway. Its neighbor Boca Grande gets a lot of attention, and Placida is sometimes overlooked. This is a shame because Placida offers many of the same things as Boca Grande–great fishing, beautiful water, seclusion, great dining–but at a much lower cost. Many beautiful homes front Lemon Bay and Placida Harbor, offering spectacular views of the open water. Living on the water here means you have very quick access to the Gulf of Mexico via Lemon Bay. The fishing is, of course, unparalleled; not for nothing did Placida begin as a fishing village. Homes not on the water enjoy the use of several marinas and boat ramps that allow you to be on the Gulf in minutes. New developments include several condominium projects and a brand new, gated community of 92 single-family homes.

    You will certainly enjoy the great local restaurants, many of which highlight Gulf seafood. Just as with other parts of the Cape Haze Peninsula, beach going is never more than a few minutes away. Placida even has its own unique art scene. A bimonthly art market featuring work by local artists is a popular attraction, and there are also a number of fun and colorful art galleries in the town, such as the Albritton Gallery and the Hatch Gallery. Placida is certainly one of the most charming and beautiful areas in Southwest Florida, and it is a great area for anyone who loves beaches, fishing, and boating

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