I can personally verify it: a visit to Palm Island Resort feels like letting out a deep breath.
The barrier island seems more remote than it is – perhaps because it’s accessible only by private boat or by ferry – and it’s a haven for plovers, eagles, egrets and shorebirds of all sorts. Sea oats bristle from the dunes, and the tide deposits sand dollars, coral, shark’s teeth and shells in great heaps along the natural shoreline.
The sand is soft, and the water is clear and tinted an emerald color. The villas are roomy and comfortable, and ours boasted soaring views of the sea. We could throw open the doors and listen to the ocean all night.
Palm Island is located along the Intracoastal Waterway on Florida’s southwest gulf coast in the Charlotte Harbor area. The resort encompasses a two-mile portion of private, pristine beach on the Gulf of Mexico at the northern end of Palm Island, and golf carts, bicycles and walking are the only means of transportation.
Interested? Grab a glimpse of my little slideshow.