Gulf Coast Villas
Florida - Gulf Coast Villas
Enjoy the comforts of your own luxury villa holiday in Florida, condominiums and apartments, all located within easy distance of the major attractions around Orlando and the Gulf Coast. Perfect for that family villa holiday in Florida.
Often known as the ‘holiday capital of the world’, Florida, the Sunshine State, has all the ingredients for a great family holiday – white knuckle rides, fantastic night life, safaris, endless soft white sandy beaches, first class sports facilities.
Gulf Coast Villas : selection of 2 – 6 bedroom villas with private pools
Just 2 hours drive from Orlando and 40 minutes south of Tampa you will find Bradenton and Sarasota offering a wealth of history, culture and charm as well as fantastic beaches. Just minutes away from the city are tree lined islands with wonderful expanses of sandy, sugar-white beaches. Our Gulf Coast private villas to rent are suitable for those wishing to enjoy a residential setting, away from the tourist areas, but still within easy reach of the beaches. Anna Maria Island is 8 miles north of Sarasota and is home to 7 miles of sandy, white beaches. With bays, bayous and mangroves, there is a varied landscape and is a great base to stay and relax. Water sports, boat charters and waterfront restaurants make this an ideal place of activity. If you like a little culture, Sarasota is regarded as the cultural capital of the Gulf Coast, with opera, ballet and theatre amongst its many attractions. Fabulous shopping can be found at St Armand’s Circle on Lido Key, a short hop across the bay. Also, not to be missed is the Ringling Estate, an extravagant mansion and art museum housing the collection of John Ringling, the famous American circus promoter.
Whether you’ve visited Orlando before, or you’re planning your first trip, new attractions, experiences and events are created every day, giving you countless options for a smile-filled vacation. Here is a sample of the latest and greatest experiences that Orlando has in store for you and your loved ones:
200 plus things to do in the Orlando area.
1.Stroll through Diagon Alley in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, now open at Universal Orlando® Resort.
2.Ride the Manta® rollercoaster at SeaWorld® Orlando.
3.Experience the serenity of nature as you stroll through the lush, vibrant gardens at Harry P. Leu Gardens.
4.Sing live on stage at the American Idol Experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios™.
5.Create your own rollercoaster ride at Universal Orlando Resort®’s Hollywood Rip, Ride, RockitSM.
6.Explore the headwaters of the Florida Everglades on an Orlando airboat adventure.
7.Slip into the water with a beluga whale at SeaWorld® Orlando.
8.Shake hands with the most famous mouse in the world — Mickey!
9.Sip a perfectly mixed Manhattan at The Waldorf Astoria® Orlando’s Sir Harry’s Lounge, the first Waldorf Astoria to be built outside New York City.
10.Touch a stingray at SeaWorld® Orlando.
11.Dine in Cinderella’s castle at Disney’s Magic Kingdom®.
12.Feel the sensation of weightlessness as you ride Omaka Rocka, the new ride at Aquatica™ – SeaWorld’s Waterpark.
13.Sit on the back of a real alligator at Gatorland®.
14.Watch magical snow fall on Main Street, U.S.A. during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom® Park.
15.Learn to surf at Daytona Beach.
16.Paddle a swan boat on beautiful Lake Eola in downtown Orlando.
17.Cast a line for bass fishing with a knowledgeable guide from BASS Online Fishing Outfitter or Grande Lakes Outfitters.
18.Marvel at Tiffany glass at The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park.
19.Experience the vibrant nightlife in downtown Orlando.
20.Count the manatees at Blue Spring State Park.
21.Race your friends on go-karts at Fun Spot Action Park.
22.Drive a stock car at 125 mph at the Richard Petty Driving Experience at Walt Disney World® Speedway or the Daytona International Speedway.
23.Tour the world in under a mile at Epcot®.
24.Go whale watching at Port Canaveral.
25.Dine at the world’s largest Hard Rock Café at Universal CityWalk®.
26.View the stars from the largest refractor telescope in Florida at the Orlando Science Center.
27.Get a taste of Hawaiian fusion at Roy’s Restaurant.
28.Take a paddlewheel boat ride aboard the Indian River Queen.
29.Treat yourself to “a little something” at Tiffany & Co., Cartier, Jimmy Choo or Coach at The Mall at Millenia.
30.Swim with the dolphins at Discovery Cove.
31.Tee off on one of more than 176 golf courses in Orlando, voted the “North American Golf Destination of the Year 2010” by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO).
32.Design and ride your own roller coaster at WonderWorks and DisneyQuest®.
33.Or zip along the treetops on an exciting zipline tour at Forever Florida.
34.Rock out to the sounds of hot new bands at the Florida Music Festival in April.
35.See the weird and wild at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando Odditorium.
36.Play glow-in-the-dark mini golf at Putting Edge in the Festival Bay Mall™ at International Drive.
37.Learn to water-ski at the Orlando Watersports Complex or Lake Buena Vista Water Sports.
38.Go antiquing on Orange Avenue and in Mount Dora.
39.Body surf at Wet ‘n Wild® Orlando or Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.
40.See the Bible come to life at WordSpring Discovery Center or The Holy Land Experience.
41.Experience the adrenaline rush of a lifetime as you roll over a challenging obstacle course on an ATV at Revolution The Off Road Experience.
42.Step into a 1920s-style speakeasy for a rousing night of singing and live entertainment at Capone’s Dinner & Show.
43.Jam at Bob Marley’s open-air house at Universal CityWalk®.
44.Capture the grace of dance at an Orlando Ballet production.
45.Be a pirate for an evening aboard a giant, indoor galleon at Pirate’s Dinner Adventure.
46.Take an art class at Crealdé School of Art or Maitland Art Center.
47.Sample some of the nearly 150 wines at the high-tech Wine Room in Winter Park.
48.Recapture the history of the Seminole Indian War at Fort Christmas.
49.See all of your favorite balloons and floats at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® at Universal Studios Florida®.
50.Visit Winter Park’s “Rodeo Drive” — the eclectic Park Avenue shopping district.
51.Pick fresh oranges from a tree at Showcase of Citrus.
52.Glide gently back to solid ground after your first hang gliding experience at Wallaby Ranch Hang Gliding Flight Park.
53.Battle comic villains with Spider-Man at Universal Orlando® Resort.
54.Sip one of 25 specialty martinis at Blue Martini.
55.Taste local wines at Lakeridge Winery.
56.Test new toys at Disney’s Once Upon a Toy.
57.Escape the Yeti on Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom®.
58.Visit Universal CityWalk® and cause a margarita volcano to erupt at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville®.
59.Enjoy the clowns during Cirque du Soleil®’s La Nouba™ in Downtown Disney®.
60.Dine with characters at your favorite theme park.
61.Swim in 72°F water year-round at Wekiwa Springs.
62.Attend the Orlando International Fringe Festival and see theater, art and music performances from mild to wild.
63.Enjoy a wide array of sophisticated fine dining along Orlando’s famous “Restaurant Row”.
64.Hear the hottest live music in an intimate setting at Orlando’s longest-standing independent music venue, The Social.
65.Catch Atlanta Braves’ spring baseball training at the ESPN Wide World of Sports® Complex.
66.Stroll through the harbor and experience live opera at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando®’s nightly show, Musica della Note.
67.Survive a psychological thrill on the Revenge of The Mummy® roller coaster at Universal Studios Florida®.
68.Pose for a photo with a four-story Big Wheel bike at Disney’s Pop Century Resort.
69.View the vibrant, Technicolor artwork of Earl Cunningham housed at The Mennello Museum of American Art.
70.Shop for surf gear 24-hours-a-day at the world-famous Ron Jon’s Surf Shop® in Cocoa Beach.
71.See Dale Chihuly’s delicate blown-glass at the Orlando Museum of Art.
72.Enjoy a carillon concert at Bok Tower Gardens.
73.Ride in an open-cockpit vintage bi-plane at art deco aviation museum Fantasy of Flight.
74.Explore exotic Thai, North and South Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean and Japanese markets in Orlando’s diverse ViMi District.
75.Meet your favorite Disney/Pixar characters like Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Mike and Sully at Disney’s Hollywood Studios™.
76.See the movies come to life at Universal Studios® Florida.
77.Train like an astronaut at the Kennedy Space CenterSM Visitor Complex.
78.Find the hottest brand names at great prices at top outlet centers such as Prime Outlets Orlando, Orlando Premium Outlets® and Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores.
79.Savor real key lime pie — it’s yellow — at The Oceanaire® Seafood Room at Pointe Orlando.
80.SCUBA dive in a sparkling spring with Fun 2 Dive SCUBA and Manatee Snorkeling Tours.
81.Learn to sky dive indoors at I Fly Orlando.
82.See Pirates 4-D at the 4D Timbuktu Theater at Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay.
83.Select a stogie from the 1.5 million cigars at Corona Cigar Company.
84.Journey to the heart of Africa at KaTonga: Musical Tales from the Jungle at The Moroccan Palace Theater at Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay.
85.Touch an iceberg at Titanic – The Exhibition.
86.Test your BMX skills at Vans Skatepark.
87.View American folk art at House of Blues® Orlando at Downtown Disney® Area and stay for a hot concert.
88.Learn to hula dance at SeaWorld® Orlando’s Makahiki Luau or the Wantilan Luau at Universal Orlando® Resort.
89.Shoot hoops at Universal CityWalk®’s NBA City.
90.Milk a cow at Green Meadows Petting Farm.
91.Heat things up in a bar carved from ice at the trendy ICEBAR Orlando.
92.Come face-to-face with Jaws at Universal Studios Florida®.
93.Enjoy a sumptuous brunch at Dexter’s in downtown Orlando’s Thornton Park neighborhood.
94.Attend The Stellar Awards Mother’s Day Gospel Music Festival in May at the Rosen Shingle Creek hotel.
95.Build an animal, car or anything else at LEGO Imagination Center at Downtown Disney® Area.
96.Ride the exciting Cheetah Chase roller coaster at Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay.
97.Feel the “conga beat” at Gloria Estefan’s restaurant, Bongos Cuban Café®, in the Downtown Disney® Area.
98.Parasail above Central Florida’s chain of lakes.
99.Head under the sea in a “clamobile” with Nemo and his friends at Epcot®.
100.Marvel at mansions as you boat through lakes and canals in Winter Park on the Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour.
101.Grill your own pancakes in an old sugar mill at De Leon Springs.
102.Get a Theme Park Leg Relief treatment at Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa.
103.”Praise the Lord and pass the biscuits” at the gospel brunch at House of Blues®.
104.Savor made-to-order hash browns with applewood-smoked bacon and a perfectly cooked signature steak at Hawk’s Landing Steak House.
105.Get married with Mickey as your best man or Minnie as your maid of honor.
106.Hop aboard a wild jeep tour at Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay’s Rhino Rally.
107.Perform as a duck master during the Duck March at The Peabody Orlando.
108.Putt-putt through wild animals, pirates and a four-story fire blasting volcano at Tiki Island Volcano Golf.
109.Spend an afternoon discovering the specialty shops, exceptional cuisine and live entertainment at Pointe Orlando entertainment complex.
110.Float 400 feet above the Downtown Disney® Area in a giant tethered balloon at the Characters in Flight attraction.
111.Be a marine life trainer for a day at SeaWorld® Orlando.
112.Visit the United States Astronaut Hall of Fame® at Kennedy Space CenterSM Visitor Complex.
113.Unwind with an Orange Blossom Facial with Native Tea Peel treatment at Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel’s refreshing retreat, The Spa at Shingle Creek.
114.Be serenaded by a singing waiter at Bergamo’s Italian Restaurant.
115.Get shrunk at Disney’s Hollywood Studios™.
116.Take in a moo-ving play at the Mad Cow Theatre.
117.Rev your engines at a NASCAR race at Daytona International Speedway.
118.Take an aerial tour of the theme parks from a helicopter with International HeliTours.
119.Taste gator bites and gator ribs at Gatorland®.
120.Purchase discount tickets at Orlando’s Official Visitor Center.
121.Shop at one of nine regional shopping malls.
122.Buy fresh produce at weekend farmer’s markets in Winter Park and downtown Orlando.
123.Discover the lost city of Atlantis at SeaWorld® Orlando.
124.Go hog wild and rent a motorcycle at Orlando Harley-Davidson®.
125.Work on your swing with Annika Sorenstam’s coach at the Reunion Resort.
126.Watch Walter Farley’s Black Stallion at Arabian Nights.
127.Get chased by a chain saw gang during Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights®.
128.Sip a locally-made, organic beer at Orlando Brewing Company.
129.Solve a mystery at Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows.
130.Try to find a straight line at Seuss Landing™ at Univeral’s Islands of Adventure®.
131.Plummet 125 feet on a water slide into a zero-entry pool at Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate.
132.Team up to protect your home base during laser tag at Hard Knocks Orlando.
133.Share the spotlight at SAK Comedy Lab.
134.Rock out to an impromptu concert by The Blues Brothers at Universal Studios® Florida.
135.Design and experience your own ride at Epcot®’s interactive new attraction, The Sum of All Thrills.
136.Walk down New York Avenue at Universal Studios® Florida.
137.Launch into space on Mission: SPACE at Disney’s Epcot®.
138.Zoom through a six-story maze of twists and turns on a raft on the Walhalla Wave & HooRoo Run ride at Aquatica™ – SeaWorld’s Waterpark.
139.Improve your game with tennis lessons at The Orlando Tennis Center.
140.Enjoy fireworks every night.
141.Float through exotic landscapes deep into the peaceful heart of a tropical hideaway at Discovery Cove’s Wind-away River.
142.Be part of the pit crew at Daytona USA.
143.Watch the sun rise in a dramatic hot air balloon ride at Bob’s Balloon Charters.
144.Enjoy the professional philharmonic orchestra.
145.See the newest independent films at the Enzian Theater.
146.View the latest visual art created by local artists at Bold Hype Art Gallery.
147.Watch more than 160 cutting-edge movies at the Florida Film Festival.
148.Become a chocolatier — make your own candy at Farris and Forster’s Famous Chocolate Factory.
149.Drink a pint and eat fish and chips at Cricketers Arms Pub and Eatery or Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant.
150.Swim in a canopy-draped, rooftop pool with chandeliers positioned overhead at The Grand Bohemian Hotel.
151.Experience SeaWorld® Orlando’s own slice of the Antarctic at the Penguin Encounter exhibit.
152.Navigate a three-story rope bridge at Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay’s Jungala.
153.Watch top recording artists perform at House of Blues®, Hard Rock® Live or Amway Arena.
154.Play Frisbee golf at Barnett Park.
155.Brave the white waters of Congo River Rapids at Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay.
156.Shop with a stylist at Orlando Premium Outlets®.
157.Ride the largest, fastest, tallest roller coaster in Orlando at SeaWorld® Orlando.
158.Come face-to-face with wild animals at Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay.
159.Get up-close to a predator of the deep at Sharks Underwater Grill at SeaWorld.
160.Witness a live rocket launch at Kennedy Space Center.
161.Hang out with Shrek at Universal Studios®.
162.See International Drive upside down from a window at WonderWorks.
163.Dine with an astronaut at Kennedy Space CenterSM Visitor Complex.
164.Relax on a sparkling, white-sand beach at Aquatica™ – SeaWorld’s Waterpark.
165.Learn how to draw a cartoon at The Magic of Disney Animation at Disney’s Hollywood Studios™.
166.Become a particle of food at the Orlando Science Center.
167.Keep the beat with the incomparable Blue Man Group at Universal Orlando® Resort.
168.Gaze out on an African savannah at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.
169.Listen to rock ‘n roll music under water at the Hard Rock Hotel® at Universal Orlando® Resort.
170.Take a Haunted Orlando Ghost Tour at the Orange County Regional History Center.
171.Fly through the air on the sky coaster at Old Town Shopping, Dining & Entertainment Attraction.
172.Cheer on your knight at Medieval Times.
173.Let a tropical bird eat from your hand in the Explorer’s Aviary at Discovery Cove® Orlando.
174.Spot bald eagles and blue herons on Orlando’s lakes.
175.Hear the tales of great African-American musicians at the Wells’ Built Museum.
176.Learn about Hispanic culture at events like the Bright House Networks Festival Calle Orange, Fiesta Medina, Viva La Musica at SeaWorld® Orlando, Fiesta in the Park and the Latin Food and Wine Festival.
177.Experience Central Florida’s natural beauty on horseback.
178.Sleep in a castle-themed hotel at Doubletree® Castle Hotel Orlando.
179.Dine with Elmo at Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay.
180.Take a Tuscan cooking class at Truffles and Trifles.
181.Watch Commerson’s dolphins play at Aquatica™ – SeaWorld’s Waterpark.
182.Celebrate your heritage, whether Irish, Native American or Polish at local festivals.
183.Visit the iconic Orlando Public Library, designed by John M. Johansen and Duane Stark, and inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright.
184.Careen through the streets of Hollywood on Rock ‘n Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith at Disney’s Hollywood Studios™.
185.Eat lunch or dinner at a drive-in theatre at Disney’s Hollywood Studios™.
186.Enjoy a luxurious, citrus-themed spa treatment at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Grande Lakes.
187.Laugh along with the top names in comedy at the Orlando Improv at Pointe Orlando.
188.Sample cuisine from more than 50 casual and sophisticated restaurants at exceptional values during Orlando Magical Dining™ Month in September.
189.Visit Eatonville, the oldest incorporated African American community and home to renowned literary figure, Zora Neale Hurston.
190.Sing along with the crowd at a dueling piano bar at Howl at the Moon Orlando.
191.Explore idyllic Rollins College, museums, gardens and magnificent mansions on a Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour.
192.Search for authentic fossils at a paleontological dig at Dinosaur World.
193.Buy art off the walls while eating tapas at Café Tu Tu Tango.
194.Meet Bert, Ernie and other characters at Sesame Street® Safari of Fun at Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay.
195.Share the “kitchen sink” at Disney’s Beaches & Cream Soda Shop.
196.Defend the world against aliens at MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack at Universal Studios®.
197.Dine in a private “snug” at McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant.
198.Watch sea turtles hatch on the East coast of Florida.
199.Eat fresh, local strawberries in the middle of winter.
200.Learn about Orlando’s past with a Downtown Orlando Historic Walking Tour.
201.Catch a glimpse of new dolphin mothers and their calves at SeaWorld® Orlando’s Dolphin Nursery.
202.See the caricatures of celebrities and famous Orlando residents at The Palm Orlando at The Hard Rock® Hotel Orlando.
203.Eat breakfast with Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob SquarePants at Nickelodeon Family Suites.
204.See PGA champions like Mike Weir, Charlie Wi and Tim Herron compete at the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard®.
205.Catch a touring Broadway show with Broadway Across America – Orlando.
206.Hang glide above California’s redwood forests at Epcot®’s Soarin’.
207.Spot sneetches on the High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride at Universal’s Islands of Adventure®.
208.Watch NBA stars play as you cheer on the Orlando Magic.
209.Go on an African safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom®.
210.Make memories of a lifetime and share a smile with the ones you love.