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 and pickleball.
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There are nine hard tennis courts and two permanent pickleball courts at the resort. Four of those tennis courts have been scattered among the accommodations free for guests to use near where they're staying. The organized tennis and pickleball activities take place at the Tennis Center, which has five tennis courts—three of them cushioned—and two pickleball courts.
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 in 1979 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. He is certified by the USPTA and the IPTPA to instruct each of the sports.
Racquet Sports Programs. The weekly calendar includes adult and junior clinics, complimentary social round robins, and lessons for adults and children. Those are complemented by a player-matching service for those looking for games. Tennis is offered for everyone. Santos can also custom-design a PBI Tennis for Life Package for groups and individuals.
Court Complex. There are 9 hard tennis courts and 2 permanent pickleball courts.
Spa & Fitness
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 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
The main restaurant on the island is Rum Bay, which is open for lunch and dinner. There is also a cafe at the recreation center called Coconuts.
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7092 Placida Road
Seasons. Year-round, though most comfortable from November through May.
General Tourist Information. For local tourist information visit the Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast Visitor and Convention Bureau website.