Kid and family friendly home * Nearest Theme Park under 15 minutes drive * Close to restaurants, supermarkets, shops and entertainment * About 40 minutes to Legoland, Winterhaven *
 


PLACES TO VISIT

In the bookcases you will find interesting reading material which show many places to visit whilst staying in this area. However, here are a few suggestions to whet your appetite!


A SELECTION OF NEARBY  NATIONAL PARKS

LAKE LOUISA -

Just 20 minures from Pelican Cove Villa, this park is noted for its six beautiful lakes, rolling hills, and scenic landscapes. Lake Louisa is the largest in a chain of 13 lakes connected by the Palatlakaha River, which is designated as an Outstanding Florida Waterway. Lake Louisa, Dixie Lake, and Hammond Lake, the park's most accessible lakes, provide access for fishing, canoeing, and kayaking. Anglers can fish in four of the park's six lakes, but gasoline-powered boats are not allowed; only boats powered by trolling motors or without motors are permitted. Camping facilities and more than 15 miles of horse trails are available for equestrians. For hikers and backpackers, the park has over 20 miles of hiking trails with excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing. Dixie Lake has a fishing pier, canoe/kayak launch, and a picnic pavilion.The park also has a full-facility campground, fully furnished cabins for rent, and primitive campsites. Lake Louisa State Park is located just seven miles south of State Road 50 in Clermont on U.S. 27.

 

HIGHLAND HAMMOCKS -

One of Florida´s oldest parks, opening to the public in 1931, this park was established when local citizens came together to promote the hammock as a candidate for national park status. During the Great Depression, just prior to World War II, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) developed additional park facilities and the beginnings of a botanical garden. Many visitors enjoy bicycling the scenic 3-mile loop drive or hiking along the park´s nine trails. An elevated boardwalk traverses an old-growth cypress swamp. For equestrians, there is an 11-mile, day-use trail. Picnicking is another popular activity as are ranger-guided tours of the park. Highlands Hammock offers a full-facility campground, as well as a youth/group tent campground.  A recreation hall is available for rental, as are several picnic pavilions. A museum showcasing the history of the CCC is open 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Located on County Road 634, four miles west of Sebring.

 

 

LAKE GRIFFIN -
 

Located within an hour of central Florida attractions and theme parks, this park is home to one of the state's largest Live Oak trees. A short trail near the park entrance takes visitors to the mammoth oak tree. A canal connects the park to Lake Griffin, the eighth largest lake in Florida, where visitors can enjoy boating and canoeing, as well as fishing. Anglers will find plenty of largemouth bass, bluegill, speckled perch, and catfish. Visitors can observe the park's wildlife while picnicking or strolling along the half-mile nature trail. A shady, full-facility campground beckons travelers to spend the night or an entire vacation here. There is no swimming due to a healthy alligator population. Located three miles north of Leesburg and 30 miles south of Ocala.

 SMALL TOWNS  AND CITIES


 MOUNT DORA - You'll find this historic lakeside town about an hour from Pelican Cove Villa. Enjoy kayaking, boating, shopping, dining, relaxing at the spa. playing golf or taking a trip down the Dora Canal.  This is a  man-made waterway built over 100 years ago, which takes you back to the 'real Florida', with a huge amount of animal and bird life abounding.  Call in at the Tourist Office, and book your voyage on the little boat which makes daily trips to this mini-paradise.  Take your camera, you never know what surprises will be in store!

 

 SAINT AUGUSTINE - St. Augustine, the nation's oldest city, also holds the distinction of being one of the nation's most charming. Known as the "Ancient City," Saint Augustine is located between North East and Central East Florida and is convenient to Jacksonville, Orlando, and Daytona airports. North Florida boasts a year-round mild climate perfect for strolling Saint Augustine's delightful historic district, with its cobblestone streets, quaint cafes, bars, unique shops and bed-and-breakfast inns. Experience the beauty of an early morning that slowly comes alive with locals and tourists setting out on foot to explore significant landmarks such as:

Castillo de San Marcos »
Throughout its history, the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument has been closely intertwined with the city and the neighboring structures which served as the city's outer defenses - Fort Mose to the north and Fort Matanzas to the south. The Castillo and the town serve as outstanding reminders of the might of the early Spanish empire in the New World. Given the architectural details, it's hardly surprising that Castillo de San Marcos actually took 23 years to build (from 1672 to 1695). Fabricated of coquina, a virtually indestructible limestone comprised of broken sea shells and coral, the walls of the fortress remained impenetrable through 300 years of enemy shelling and pounding by violent storms. Fort Matanzas »Built 1740-1742, represents a well-preserved masonry watchtower fort built by the Spanish. By providing a perch to observe enemy vessels approaching from the south, the fort played a strategic role in warning St. Augustine of potential enemy advancements from the south via the Matanzas River. Flagler College » Celebrating 40 years of providing educational excellence, Flagler College offers 20 majors and 26 minors in selected studies emphasizing liberal arts, education, and business. Located in what was once Henry Flagler's first St. Augustine hotel, the Ponce de Leon, the college operates tours for both visitors and prospective students. With the recent purchase of the Florida East Coast Railway building west of town, the new student center on Sevilla Street, and expansions of the art building and galleries, Flagler College is continually expanding both its presence in town and opportunities for its students. Lightner Museum »History buffs will adore the many museums in the area. The Lightner Museum is among the most unique, featuring an intriguing array of items, from shrunken heads and mummies to stunning collections of stained glass and crystal. When it opened its doors in 1889, Henry Flagler's Alcazar Hotel delighted guests with its gigantic indoor pool and retractable roof, casino, spa, and movie theater. O.C. Lightner jumped at the opportunity to live in the hotel when it became available for purchase and house his unique collections here. If you love to golf or play tennis, then this is the place for you! There are many golf courses and tennis resorts located in the area. Ponte Vedra, home of The Players Association (PGA) and Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), is a 20 minute drive from the Down Town historic district. You can experience both the joy of the sun rising over the Atlantic Ocean horizon and the peacefulness of the sun setting beyond the salt marsh along the intracoastal waterway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

4 BEDROOMS

3 BATHROOMS INCLUDING 2 EN-SUITES

SWIMMING POOL AND SPA

GAMES ROOM

FREE 24hr HI SPEED INTERNET ACCESS

CABLE TV IN LOUNGE, GAMES ROOM  AND EACH BEDROOM 

VCR,  2 DVD PLAYERS,  HIFI

TELEPHONE WITH ANSAPHONE - FREE CALLS  TO USA, CANADA AND PUERTO RICO

WALT DISNEY WORLD UNDER 15 MINUTES

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS UNDER 20 MINUTES

SEA WORLD, DISCOVERY COVE AND AQUATICA UNDER 20 MINS

FREE HIGH CHAIR, COT, PUSHCHAIR AND TOY BOX FOR OUR YOUNGEST VISITORS 

COMMUNITY CHILDREN'S PLAY AREA, BASKET BALL COURT, OUTDOOR EXERCISE EQUIPMENT