The West Coast on the Gulf of Mexico, gorgeous real estate in Florida

The best beaches in the Sunshine State are found on Florida’s idyllic west coast. This area is one of the most beautiful locations for real estate in Florida. It is also less populated and not as hectic as the busy east coast. Here on the west coast, you automatically slow down a notch, drink in things and enjoy every second. Even the sea is quieter, making the beaches a paradise for water sports. Only surfers will find things a bit more complicated. Florida’s West Coast also offers numerous opportunities for recreation for individuals who prefer land-based activities. For example, there are fantastic golf courses, and local theaters and nature parks also await a visit. Without a doubt, the main attraction the west coast holds is Busch Gardens in Tampa, a theme park which recreates scenes from Africa. For anyone looking for a slice of paradise or a vacation getaway, Florida’s west coast is just the ticket. Here, you’ll find white sand beaches, hidden bays, romantic towns and dreamlike islets just a stone’s throw away. Let us introduce you to some of these wonderful cities.

Bonita Springs, the gate to the Gulf of Mexiko

Bonita Springs

Bonita Springs

Bonita Springs

Bonita Springs

Bonita Springs is located between Naples and Fort Myers and features a typical small-town character. It is also referred to as the “Gateway to the Gulf of Mexico”. In addition to its beautiful beaches, there are plenty of freshwater lakes and streams. Bonita Springs has numerous outdoor activities to offer, including boating, fishing and, of course, golf. Bonita Beach Park also comes highly recommended, and is a public beach with very fine, white sand. Dolphins are a daily sight here, and the very shy manatees and huge manta rays also show themselves at times. Shopping, restaurants and entertainment are available as well. The waterfront offers something for everyone. The excellent location makes this a great starting point to discover Florida. And just a few minutes’ drive brings one to the best shopping malls and outlets in southwest Florida.

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Lee County
42.874 (2009)
469,1/km²
106,2 km²
14,8 km²
58.656 USD (2008)
54.1

Lee County

Bradenton / Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island

Bradenton

Bradenton

Bradenton

Bradenton is located south of Tampa Bay and includes the offshore island of Anna Maria Island. This area is considered an insider tip. Anna Maria Island was able to preserve its natural state, and consequently no large hotels are to be found on the beach. As a result, you can relax on almost empty white sand beaches, bathe in the warm and wonderfully clear Gulf of Mexico, enjoy a cocktail in one of the small restaurants or bars or enjoy the romantic sunset at the pier. The area also offers many leisure activities. Whether canoeing, fishing, golfing (Bradenton is known for its golf courses), a visit to an art gallery or planetarium, everyone will find something to suit their tastes. The South Florida Museum is highly recommended, and offers visitors a look at its star attraction, the sea cow Snooty.

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Manatee County
53.986 (2006)
1.719,3/km²
37,4 km²
6 km²
34.902 USD
42 (2000)

Manatee County

Cape Coral, the Venice of America

Cape Coral

Cape Coral

Cape Coral

 

Cape Coral is a very popular holiday destination for Europeans. Approximately 40,000 Germans make the area their home on a temporary or permanent basis. This significant interest in the city can be explained by the world-famous canals, for which Cape Coral is known as America’s Venice. The majority of the canals have direct access to the Gulf of Mexico, which means nothing stands in the way of a boat trip to the open sea right from one’s home. Cape Coral is doubtless one of the most beautiful locations for real estate in Florida. The favorable location makes it a snap to reach numerous sights, beautiful beaches, famous cities and a large number of shopping malls and outlets. In Cape Coral itself, a visit to the Cape Harbor Yacht Community is certainly worthwhile, as is Tarpon Point Marina for a stroll, during which one can get a good look at the luxury yachts lying in the harbor. Cape Coral also has a small beach with a pier where one can enjoy the sunset. If you’re interested in real estate in Florida, you should definitely have a look at Cape Coral.

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Lee County
42.874 (2009)
469,1/km²
106,2 km²
14,8 km²
58.656 USD (2008)
54.1

Lee County

Clearwater, endless sunshine and a mild climate

Clearwater

Clearwater

Clearwater

Clearwater

Clearwater is ideally located on the Gulf of Mexico and offers seemingly endless sunny days and a mild, temperate climate. The beach has been crowned as one of the best family beaches in America (Fodor’s Travel Publications) and was voted one of Florida’s top 5 “single beaches” by the Orlando Sentinel. A wide range of leisure activities is also available. Whether water sports, nature parks, museums, aquariums or even special events – e.g. the Clearwater Folk Arts Festival and the Florida Gulf Beaches Marathon – there’s something for everyone. The community of Clearwater is very friendly and open towards immigrants. City government is economically active and environmentally aware and supports its citizens with the programs and resources they need.

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Pinellas County
248.098 (2006)
1.606,9/km²
344,7 km²
190,3 km²
34.597 USD (2000)
39 (2000)

Pinellas County

Fort Myers, on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River

Fort Myers

Fort Myers

Fort Myers

Fort Myers

Fort Myers is located on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River between Naples and Tampa. The city has several barrier islands, such as Sanibel Island and Captiva Island. Both are great for a trip and are known for their beautiful beaches. Sanibel Island even boasts the largest mussel population in the entire US. Fort Myers offers numerous opportunities for leisure activities. Fort Myers is also a favorite location for Florida real estate. Activities on offer range from ice skating to museums to water parks. Golf lovers in particular will find that Fort Myers suits them to a T, with over 130 golf courses in the region. Nightlife can be enjoyed in the numerous bars, restaurants and downtown clubs, or at the beach. The Music Walk and the Art Walk, which take place once a month, are also highly recommended. Here, one can listen to the numerous musicians on downtown streets or admire paintings in art galleries.

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Lee County
42.874 (2009)
469,1/km²
106,2 km²
14,8 km²
58.656 USD (2008)
54.1

Lee County

Naples, the crown jewel of southwest Florida

Naples

Naples

Naples

Naples

Naples is considered a crown jewel of Southwest Florida and is often compared with Palm Beach on the east coast. Luxurious boutiques and shopping areas are located along well-known and palm-tree filled 5th Avenue. Naples has a number of very exclusive properties in Florida. Following them to the end brings you to the beautiful beach with its inviting swimming and water sports options. Here you can also find the historically protected pier, where you can watch anglers pull their fish from the water. Naples is also home to the Philharmonic Center of the Arts, a theater, drama and concert hall. For families with children, a visit to the Teddy Bear Museum and the zoo is essential.

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Collier County
22.189 (2009)
713,5/km²
37,3 km²
6.2 km²
83.144 USD (2008)
60.7

Collier County

Sarasota, the cultural center of Florida

Sarasota

Sarasota

Sarasota

Sarasota

White sandy beaches, sophisticated art, first-class shopping, 5-star resorts, public events and year-round beautiful weather (over 22 sunny days per month) are just a few of the reasons Sarasota is a place to see. Money Magazine also calls Sarasota one of the 15 most beautiful places to live. Sarasota is known as Florida’s cultural center. Here, you can enjoy ballet performances, musicals and symphonies in the numerous theaters. There are also more than 30 galleries and several museums, such as the Ringling Museum of Art and the Sarasota Classic Car Museum. If you prefer sports, you can choose from a variety of outdoor activities. These range from water sports and golf to rollerblading.

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Sarasota County
52.025 (2009)
1.351,3 / km²
67.2 km²
28.6 km²
39.458 USD
41.1 Jahre

Sarasota County

St. Petersburg, the city by the sea

St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg is also called the “city by the sea”, and rightly so. Approximately 35 miles of powdery white beaches adorn the city, inviting you to swim and enjoy practically the full spectrum of water sports. These include diving, snorkeling, kayaking, sailing and the like. The year-round moderate climate means visitors are enchanted by the warm, rippling water and sugary white, soft sand beaches. In the old town of St. Petersburg, you’ll find numerous attractions which appeal to both locals as well as tourists. Downtown is also called “The Quarter” and is regarded as the heart of the city. It is close to the beach and features art galleries such as the world-famous Salvador Dali museum, elegantly renovated hotels, restaurants and exquisite antique shops.

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Pinellas County
248.098 (2006)
1.606,9/km²
344,7 km²
190,3 km²
34.597 USD (2000)
39 (2000)

Pinellas County