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Villa location for young family

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Villa location for young family

Coming over in mid feb for a week with wife and young children (2 and 4).

Obviously we’d like to be able to walk to a beach as that’s where the majority of our time will be spent . However I like getting out and about a little and going to restaurants, shopping outlets and maybe up to Legoland.

Looking at villas in the local area all we can find with availability are Cape Coral, one on don Pedro island and one in south of fort Myers beach.

Don Pedro island would be amazing for the beach but worried about getting out and about in the car. Fort Myers same again but villa little dated and worried the beach there is overdeveloped and crowded.

Therefore wondered if Cape Coral would be best location. ? We whouldn’t mind travelling 45 mins each day to a beach

Thanks in advance

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1. Re: Villa location for young family

Take a look at Sanibel and Captiva Islands. No high rises, not single stop light. 20 miles of beaches.

Cape Coral is more of a retiree winter resort.

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2. Re: Villa location for young family

Cape coral is now where near a beach- even with a car. So that isnt the place for you given your OP.

You need to be on one of the barrier islands. Some like Captiva and AMI will have hones with pools close enough to walk to the beach. But I suggest you look at a 2 bed condo on the beach instead.

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3. Re: Villa location for young family

Since you are willing to drive 45 minutes to a beach, you can probably drive to Ft. Myers Beach, assuming you don't go during rush hour traffic. But even without knowing the exact location of the rental, I can't imagine wanting to stay there for a family vacation.

The price probably sounds right, but you are getting that price because of the inconvenience of its' location for a family wanting a fun time.

If you don't want to increase your rental budget, I would go with the one that is dated on Ft. Myers Beach. At least you will be close to activities and restaurants.

If you are willing to increase your budget, take CapBeachVilla's suggestion and look on Sanibel or Captiva Islands.

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4. Re: Villa location for young family

First question to consider is where is the least expensive airfare to? Try flying intoTampa, (stay in a beach condo from Clearwater south to St. Pete Beach), this area is closest to other destinations like Busch Gardens, Lowry Park Zoo, Clearwater Aquarium, and a number of children's museums- visitstpeteclearwater.com. There are outlet centers within a 30 minute drive. Legoland is about 1hr 45 minutes.

Sarasota airport is the next airport south of Tamps. Fly and stay in that area or Bradenton ( Anna Maria Island has a number of beach condos as well as the beaches of Sarasota- www.mustdo.com.

You could also fly into Ft. Meyers airport and stay there or Sanibel Island or Marco Island. These areas would make a very long drive to get to sights in the Tampa/Orlando area.

Cape coral has some beaches but is not on the Gulf. Mostly residential, non-tourist area with a long drive to get on the interstate to visit other areas.

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5. Re: Villa location for young family

I dont know that any beach in Feb will be crowded..kids in school, early for school break.

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6. Re: Villa location for young family

Many US schools have a February break around President's days and some UK schools have some time off too. The beaches will be family friendly during those dates, before Spring break in March begins.

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7. Re: Villa location for young family

We are talking February here. Naturally, the farther south you go, the better are your chances for warmer weather.

Since you said the beach is where you will spend the majority of your time, I suggest you stick with SW Florida, and not stay as far north as Clearwater or St. Pete.

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8. Re: Villa location for young family

Thanks guys! Obviously by the sound of things Cape Coral is not the place!

There seemed to be a lack of affordable properly on the islands suggested .... would Bonita Springs be an acceptable alternative?

Many thanks

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9. Re: Villa location for young family

Do you need a house or condo?

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10. Re: Villa location for young family

Min 3 bed villa

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