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Imagine: a deserted beach that stretches for miles, wisps of grass tufted along the abandoned shore shimmering in a light breeze. No crowds, no strangers, no disturbances. Flocks of seabirds pepper the wet sand, protected sea turtles meander at will, the waves crash on the shore encrusted with shell remnants from the sea of a millennia ago. Palm Island, Florida. It's one of the few islands left on the lower Gulf Coast where you can really get some quiet time and ignore the rest of the world. One of the beautiful things about the island is that there are very few cars here, and very few roads. There is no bridge to the island. You have to take a ferry to the island, which runs 7 days a week. Cars can ride the ferry (Palm Island Transit), but only people who are living or vacationing on Palm Island actually do take their cars. You see, there are no parking lots or stores or other businesses on the island, so if you don't have a driveway, there is no place to put a car.
Nestled alongside the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Charlotte Harbor, the Barrier Islands of Charlotte County, also known as the Gulf Islands, stretch from Manasota Key on the North end to Boca Grande on the South. Each island offers a unique waterfront experience and varied types of real estate opportunities. In the center of the Gulf Islands lies a pristine, secluded stretch of beach called Palm Island, about 9 miles south of Englewood, off the coast from Cape Haze. Palm Island is actually not an accurate name for this island complex. It is made up of 3 interconnected islands seven miles long as follows: Knight Island; home of the Palm Island Resort; Don Pedro Island - adjacent to Knight Island, with private homes, no stores, no restaurants. No high-rises or big resorts. No hotels. Includes Don Pedro Island State Park. You can drive or walk from Palm Island to Don Pedro Island; and Little Gasparilla Island - accessible only by boat. Even though there is a physical sand road, it crosses private property that denies access to anyone but residents with a gate key. You can visit the island if you have a kayak or boat by pulling up to the beach anywhere you like. The south end of the island is popular with weekend boaters. Again, no stores, restaurants, hotels or high-rises. No paved roads. No cars.
The island is 700 yards wide max. There’s just enough room to explore while maintaining an easy proximity to your residence. Life here is peaceful and quiet. While vehicles are allowed, most people enjoy the ease and simplicity of getting around via golf cart. In fact, there are multiple golf cart-only neighborhoods for those who appreciate blending into the serene natural environment. Islanders enjoy the fact that life here is like the way Florida used to be and they’re careful to preserve it. While residents enjoy a quiet lifestyle, there are amenities available at the island’s only commercial establishment – Palm Island Resort – which occupies the northern section of Palm Island. Here you and your guests can find succulent seafood dining fresh from the Gulf, full catering services, entertainment and guest boat docking. In addition to amazing shelling, the island is also famous for its world class fishing.
Residents of Palm Island enjoy a rare privacy thanks to 300 feet of Intracoastal Waterway that effectively makes this a naturally gated community. Fire and Rescue is located on the island. And just four minutes away, the mainland offers all the conveniences of urban living with world-class golf, deep water marina, shopping, private jet strips, healthcare and fine dining.
Owning property at Palm Island is coveted and property values continue to hold and climb. It’s a great time to buy! There are undeveloped lots available for building your ideal island retreat and established private residences also on the market. While many people see Palm Island as a great place to retire, there also families with children and couples who enjoy the tropical climate, gorgeous environment and the way the island fosters close-knit family life. Children take the 4 minute ferry ride to the mainland to attend school and parents also enjoy the many opportunities for employment on the mainland. Palm Island living is unlike any other. This is the place to be to enjoy a carefree island lifestyle while living harmoniously with the natural environment.