Placida and Cape Haze - a Tropical Waterfront Lifestyle
In the beginning, Placida started as a fishing village. The location was perfect because fish were abundant that they jumped into the boat. The fish don't do that anymore, but there are still many of them in the water. However, the fish packing factory is long gone, only the shell of the building is still there. Commercial fishing is also no important factor anymore since the government put a ban on net fishing.
Residents and visitors still enjoy fishing the local waters, though, but it has shifted from commercial to more leisurely fishing activities over time. Now the fishermen are only competing with pelicans and cormorants and the fish stock seems to be pretty healthy.
This makes the community ideal for people who like boating, fishing, and activities on or in the water. There is also easy access to the Intracoastal Waterway, Gasparilla Sound, Charlotte Harbor and, of course, the Gulf of Mexico. With the right boat, the Gulf is only a short ride away. However, trying to reach the Gulf with a canoe may take a little while, but nothing is impossible.
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No Boat - no Fun?
That is not true. You don't have a large yacht, fishing boat, or a kayak? If you want to spend a fun day on the water you can rent a powerboat or kayak, or you can stay on dry land. You can still have fun and the best part of it: without getting seasick.
If biking or hiking is your favorite sport, check out the Pioneer Trail Park. You can bike for 8+ miles through mangroves and nature nothing but nature. Ahhh.
The Placida Fishing Pier, for example, is a great place to try your luck with bait and hook. You can go to the Fishery Restaurant for a nice grouper dinner and a glass of wine, or you can go on a field trip to Gasparilla Island. Beautiful beaches there, and a great ice cream parlor in Boca Grande, the village on the island. There are excellent restaurants as well, and there is a golf course on the island. Six bucks, yes, the bridge tender will deprive you of six dollars. But that includes the way home already. it is worth it. If you want to spend time on the water, you can book a fishing tour or a trip to Cabbage Key. Why Cabbage Key? There is an "Old Florida Style" Inn and Restaurant on that tiny island, and this is clearly something special.
Tour all Placida, Florida, Neighborhoods
There is something for everyone who loves it uncrowded. Gated Communities, Homes on the water with private boat docks, or Luxury Condominiums with water views and boat slips. Explore town-homes with elevators and four car tandem garages to store your boat, your kayaks, your bikes and your cars. Maybe there is even some room for your new Harley Davidson left. Everybody needs a new toy when coming to Florida, right?
Neighborhoods in Placida
Boca Vista Harbor is a Condo Waterfront Community with boat slips and elevators.
Cape Haze East is a deed restricted community east of SR 775, backing up to Amber Jack Cove.
Located southwest of Rotonda, Cape Haze Windward is a meticulously maintained, upscale neighborhood with winding tree-lined streets this neighborhood is perfect for walking and biking. Cape Haze is surrounded by Waterways to Charlotte Harbor, estuaries, generous greenbelts, the Cape Haze Links golf course, and magnificent nature parks, and preserved land. Windward is perfectly located in the heart of the Placida corridor, biking or golf cart ride to all the essential shopping, just minutes to historic Boca Grande, miles of tranquil beaches, and the pioneer bike trail. Three full service marinas are just around the corner,a dozens of great golf courses, and world-class fishing and boating is all nearby.
Situated along Amberjack Preserve, Coral Caye is a new gated community with 95 distinct, custom-designed, single family homes. All homes are designed in the architecture of the British West Indies. It is a maintenance free community, just minutes away from Gasparilla Island and its historic downtown "Boca Grande."
Gated Communities in Placida
Coral Cove is a Gated Community with Key West style homes.
Gated entry, private boat dock, and tennis courts - and nice homes, of course.
Eagles Preserve is a manicured, gated community with breathtaking views of Lemon Bay. The community features Key-West Style Homes with 3 stories. Yes, some homes have elevators.
Hacienda Del Mar offers exquisite Waterfront living with breathtaking views of Palm Island and the Intracostal Waterway. Do you care for penthouse living? You may want to consider this one.
Landings at Coral Creek is a gated community located on Coral Creek. Owners enjoy town homes with 3+ car tandem garages. Some townhouses come with elevator, others are at least elevator ready. Your rusty bones will appreciate it.
Placida Bay Estates is a small, gated community with a great neighborhood. Cozy, friendly atmosphere.
Placida Harbor is a gated condominium complex. 27 buildings with two and three bedroom condos are located in a tropical setting. Owners enjoy the membership of the Placida Harbor Club.
Located on the Cape Haze Peninsula, Placida is a sun-blessed historic fishing village with Gasparilla Island, Little Gasparilla Island, Don Pedro, and Palm Island as neighbors.
Placida Real Estate offers water-front homes on creeks and canals. Homes directly on the Bay are also available. Many of those homes come with boat access to the Gulf of Mexico.
Golf Course properties are available in gated and non-gated golf communities. Homes on large lots are on the market, too, but they have become a little scarce. The counties are now promoting high or higher density communities. Homes on acreage do not belong to that group of properties anymore.
Placida Real Estate is kind of interesting because there is a residential lifestyle for everyone and almost every budget. Many homes are a little older and need some help, but there are communities with brand new homes and brand new condos as well. However, keep in mind that many of the older homes are located on beautiful lots.
You may also pick your own builder and build your new home according to your specifications. There are quite a few reputable builders, who build beautiful homes.
Dining and Shopping
There are some great waterfront restaurants in the Cape Haze/Placida area where you can sit outside and enjoy the sunsets. Some of them have even live music on certain days which makes the dinner more entertaining.
Make a trip to the Albritton Art Gallery at Placida Harbor which offers unique art. This gallery had been aroundfor many decades. While you are there, go to the "Fishery Restaurant" and enjoy the sunset.
You could also drive a few miles further north. On the left-hand side, you will see the Palm Island Marina and Resort. Park your car in the Leverock's parking lot. They don't tow you, and take the water taxi to "Rum Bay." You will love it. The restaurant sits on Palm Island and can only be reached by boat or ferry.
Be prepared, the pirate who is driving the boat charges you a dollar for the passage.
You could use the ferry instead, however, that trip would cost you more than your dinner. Stick with the ferry. It is fun anyway.
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