Rotonda West, Englewood, Cape Haze, Florida
Rotonda West is located between Englewood and Port Charlotte, on the Cape Haze peninsula in Charlotte County on the Gulf Coast. It is an area that has seen a some growth, particularly during the past five years, but nothing like the far busier areas of Sarasota and Fort Myers
The Rotonda West area originated as a large development on over 20,000 acres built between Sarasota and Port Charlotte, in Charlotte County. The area, laid out on an unusual circular grid system. At the centre of which is the Rotonda Community park and preserve with a Sports field, Tennis Courts, Childrens playground and picnic and BBQ area.
Money Magazine selected Charlotte County as the Best Place to live in the South, for three years in a row. The criterion which is used to make this assessment includes the consistently fine weather conditions, the
availability of leisure and arts pursuits, the economy and the low crime rates.
Rotonda West is a favored location for many reasons - it has glorious year round weather. It's a short drive or for those preferring the relaxed pace of life, a bike ride from the beautiful white sandy beaches at Englewood Beach and Manasota Key. Gasparilla Island and the quaint and attractive town of
Boca Grande, are well worth a day’s exploration. Favored activities apart from the superb golf courses include tennis, hiking, biking, boating, fishing and other waterspouts.
The area has plenty of wildlife ranging from wild boar, otters to bob cats and an abundance of bird life including eagles. You can enjoy a range of activities including canoeing, kayaking, searching for seashells or just relax and marvelling at the exotic sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico.
Rotonda West is a part of Florida a little of the beaten track, leading to an unhurried style of life. Everything is close to hand, however those preferring a greater range of services and facilities particularly in the evenings Punta Gorda, Venice and Sarasota are a 30 to 50 minute drive.
The area has proved particularly attractive to American, Canadian, British and German tourists for annual holidays or if they are retirees as a winter escape.
Boca Grande, Englewood, Manasota key and Stump Pass are some fabulous beaches are a 15-20 minute drive from the Rotonda. You can sit and relax on these beaches, they are never crowded and you do not have to climb over people to get to the sea like many other beaches throughout the world.
Rotonda has a great choice of golf courses which means there is never one far from the doorstep. For those who are really into as many golfing options as possible there are a further 40 plus golf courses to choose from within reasonable driving time. Rotonda is really a golfer's paradise with rolling greens and lush fairways spreading out all over the area under a blue Florida sky. Rotonda's golf courses were planned and designed by the renowned golf-course architect Ted McAnlis, and worthy of particular mention
is Long Marsh which was hued from 300 acres of live oaks, pines and palmettos, and meanders through wetlands and hammocks and rolling savannahs. This par-72 course took 2 years of planning and construction to take full advantage of its natural breathtaking views and serenity.
Long Marsh, 27 Holes
Long Marsh's gently rolling fairways meander through 450 acres of natural Florida scrub. Its fairways and greens invitingly framed by native pines, oaks and palms and is Rotonda's newest golf courses. This Ted
McAnlis-designed course opened in February of 1999, and it's newest 9 Hole addition in 2007 and is enjoyable for golfers of all levels. At Long Marsh Golf Club in Rotonda West, each hole has its own distinctive character, set amid natural bunkers, lakes and marshes that are haven for wildlife. Four sets of tee boxes provide course distances ranging from 5257 yards to 7120 yards.
Fishing / Boating
There are both saltwater and fresh fishing opportunities in abundance in the
area with Tarpon, Kingfisher, Grouper, Snook, Bass and Trout all there for
catching. On Rotonda itself it is catch and release. I was surprised to see fish 18 inch
to 2 feet in the canal at the back of our villa.
Boaters will discover a wide array of marinas, with both wet and dry slips and ready access to the Intercostal Waterway. Whether you have a passion for deep water sailboats, enjoy the fast-paced speedboat lifestyle, or anything in between, you will find a marina to cater for you for your needs.
Plenty of us have been to SeaWorld in Orlando and marveled at the dolphins, however to see them frolic in the Gulf of Mexico is something else. We have seen dolphins whilst walking on all the beaches in the area. We went on the dolphin cruise around Boca Grande and it was an exhilarating experience to say the least. Boca boats run 1 and half 2 hour sunset cruises along the coast of Boca Grande island and you nearly always see dolphins.
A Car is really necessary in Florida and certainly in Rotonda, Tampa airport is a 90 minute drive, Sarasota/Bradenton 60 minutes, Fort Myers 50 minutes, Orlando 2 hours 30 minutes and Miami 3 hours 30 minutes.
Other distances from Rotonda.
Englewood 15 minutes, Port Charlotte 25 minutes, Naples 1hr 30 minutes. If you do feel in need of a trip to the theme parks in Orlando it is approx 2hours 30 mins drive away. Bush Gardens is 90 mins.
There are a wide range of Supermarkets and restaurants within a 10 – 15 minute drive from the Rotonda . The nearest large shopping mall, at Port Charlotte for serious retail therapy is a 25 minute drive.
All in all this is a great area to spend a holiday, when you leave you will understand why even the locals call this area paradise.