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Palm Island Resort, Cape Haze, Florida
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Palm Island Resort

Cape Haze, Florida

By Roger Cox, Editor

A very narrow channel separates Palm Island from the mainland; nonetheless, that six-minute ferry ride is all it takes to shed whatever cares you may have brought on board. Once there, you bed down in a privately owned villa built in Old Florida style. Abandoning your car, you instead get around on crushed-shell roads by golf cart, shuttle, by bike, or on foot. If you idea of a great vacation is relaxing on the porch or walking the two miles of pristine beach, Palm Island will undoubtedly suit you, though if you need activity, you can choose from kayaking, paddleboarding, fishing, nature walks, yoga and fitness classes, and, not incidentally, tennis.

Tennis Features

Pro Shop: 941-662-0546
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There are 11 tennis courts on the island. Five of those have been scattered among the accommodations free for guests to use near where they're staying, while the the main bank of three hard and three cushioned courts can be found at the main tennis center, which is also where the programing takes place.
Veteran Peter Burwash International (PBI) professional Art Santos directs the programing. A former Hawaii State of Collegiate Champion in singles and doubles, Santos joined PBI right out of college and went on to manage programs in Asia, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and the U.S., including a 28-year stint at Kohler’s Sports Core and the American Club Resort in Wisconsin. He also traveled internationally as part of the PBI Tennis Show—an entertaining tennis version of the Harlem Globetrotters.
Tennis Programs. The weekly calendar includes adult and junior clinics, complimentary social round robins, and private lessons, with a player-matching service available to those looking for games. Tennis is offered for everyone. Santos can also custom-design a PBI Tennis for Life Package for groups and individuals.
Courts & Fees. There are 8 hard and 3 cushioned courts. Court fees: None.

Ratings

(11 Reviewers)
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Ratings

(11 Reviewers)
Tennis Overall
5-Ball Rating Instruction
5-Ball Rating Tennis Complex
4-Ball Rating Cuisine
3-Ball Rating Dollar Value
4½-Ball Rating Setting
4-Ball Rating Romance
4-Ball Rating Kids' Programs
4-Ball Rating
Tennis Staff
5-Ball Rating Game Matching
4½-Ball Rating Junior Tennis
4-Ball Rating Lodging
3½-Ball Rating Spa & Fitness
3½-Ball Rating Other Recreation
4-Ball Rating Solo Travelers
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Other Recreation

Beach. Two miles of pristine beach like the Gulf of Mexico side of the island

Golf Courses. Tough without golf courses of its own, the resort can arrange tee times at some dozen courses within a 30-minute drive from the island.

Fitness Center. There is a modest fitness center with cardio and strength equipment and free weights, supplemented by weekly fitness classes and personal trainers.

And ... There are five swimming pools scattered through the resort.

Lodging

Lodging consists of 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom villas and cottages (the lowest priced 1-bedroom villas are on the mainland), as well as private homes. All have fully equipped kitchens

Restaurants

Rum Bay for burgers and seafood is the main restaurant on the island, supplemented by the cafe at the recreation center. However, you can also take a complimentary water taxi to Leverock's back at the marina for freshly caught seafood overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway.

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Rates and Reservations

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Palm Island Resort
7092 Placida Road
Cape Haze, FL 33946
941-697-4800
Toll-free: 800-824-5412
Web Link: Palm Island Resort


Travel Essentials

Seasons. Year-round, though most comfortable from October to August.

Travel Instructions. The closest air gateways are Charlotte County Airport/Punta Gorda (PGD), 35 miles to the south, and Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport (SRQ), 50 miles to the north.

General Tourist Information. Visit the Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast Visitor and Convention Bureau, 941-743-1900, or call toll free at 1-800-652-6090 for a free Visitor’s Guide, or visit www.CharlotteHarborTravel.com.

©2017 Roger Cox

Ratings

(11 Reviewers)
Tennis Overall
5-Ball Rating Instruction
5-Ball Rating Tennis Complex
4-Ball Rating Cuisine
3-Ball Rating Dollar Value
4½-Ball Rating Setting
4-Ball Rating Romance
4-Ball Rating Kids' Programs
4-Ball Rating
Tennis Staff
5-Ball Rating Game Matching
4½-Ball Rating Junior Tennis
4-Ball Rating Lodging
3½-Ball Rating Spa & Fitness
3½-Ball Rating Other Recreation
4-Ball Rating Solo Travelers
4-Ball Rating


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Your Call

Here's what others have had to say about Palm Island Resort.

  • 5-Ball Rating "Wonderful new courts and site plus excellent pro. The tennis pro is one of the best teachers I've used. Come at 9 o'clock every day and you are sure to have a game. All levels, everyone plays together and sometimes the pro will join in for fun."—B.M., Adv. Int., May 2017
  • 4-Ball Rating "This is a wonderful resort in SW Florida. Rental Units are extremely nice and inviting. Sunsets are as nice as anywhere in the world. Seven miles of wonderful beach to walk. Fishing is generally excellent. Shelling is great. Six tennis courts have just be re-done. New surface on three that are easier on knees and hips. Art Santos is wonderful pro with experience from teaching all over the world. Everyone likes him. Encourages you to play more tennis."—A.A., Int., April 2017
  • 4-Ball Rating "I just completed my seventeenth winter season at beautiful and unique Palm Island Resort and truly enjoyed the tennis program with our new pro, Art Santos. He is special and I'm really pleased that he will be back here in the fall."—P.L., Int., April 2017
  • 4-Ball Rating "Palm Island is a beautiful resort, it is right on the Gulf coast, and the water is warm and clean and the beaches are never crowded. Recommend going November through April, the tennis is great. There are 11 courts on Island, but the 6 that are next to the pro shop are where all the activity happens. Art Santos, the pro has clinics almost every day, lessons and he frequently fills in during the unofficial morning social, every Mon-Fri., Sat is official social. Quite, nice family place, great tennis"—P.K., Int., April 2017
  • 4½-Ball Rating "I learned to play tennis as a child and played through high school. After high school, I didn’t play for 20 or so years, but I took the game back up again about 10-15 years ago. I am constantly looking for good instruction on strategy and technique to continue improve my play. Art Santos made several suggestions on my technique and on strategy over the past few weeks which I feel have improved my game dramatically in a brief period! The tennis on Palm Island has always been fun, but this year the level of play seemed to increase due to Art’s attention and instruction. I look forward to my return next year for more fun and improvement!"—S.T., Adv. Int., April 2017
  • 4-Ball Rating "Excellent program with a great teaching pro Art Santos. He has improved the quality of play tremendously. We hope that he returns next season."—R.S., Adv. Int., April 2017
  • 4-Ball Rating "Brand new courts at the tennis center and an active and engaged tennis pro has enhanced our tennis playing experience."—J.M., Int., April 2017
  • 4-Ball Rating "Art Santos, Tennis Pro, on Palm Island has a great program! There are adult activities, as well as junior clinic opportunities. My 14-year old daughter participated in the clinics and took several private lessons while we were there. The courts are top-notch and many have recently been resurfaced. Art's instruction has helped my daughter immensely. The accommodations on Palm Island are beautiful condominiums on the Gulf. The beach is picturesque. Palm Island is a wonderful resort for tennis, swimming, fishing, boating, beach walking, bike riding, kayaking, children's programming, adult fitness classes and relaxing!"—C.N., Adv. Int., March 2017
  • 4-Ball Rating ""—B.L., Int., March 2017
  • 4-Ball Rating "Palm Island Resort was great. A beautiful spot with a short walk to the beach, a wonderful swimming pool, fitness center, and restaurant with excellent service. The tennis courts are in great shape. The pro there, Art Santos, is a member of PBI -- Peter Burwash International. He is an excellent teacher. Tennis lessons are available. For anyone who loves tennis, Palm Island Resort is a great place to go on vacation."—A.R., Low Int., March 2017
  • 4-Ball Rating ""—C.J., Adv. Int., March 2017

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