Cape Haze is popular amongst ‘snowbirds’ that take advantage of the warm climate during the winter months. Cape Haze is laid back beach destination for those wishing to enjoy the Florida sunshine, watch the fabulous sunrise, then spend the day boating, fishing, or explore the natural beauty of Florida and its wildlife. Cape Haze has excellent public beaches on the barrier islands of Manasota Key, Gasparilla Island, and Don Pedro Island.
Visit Venice (0.5 hr drive), jewel of the Sun Coast, to explore her famous historic district with amazing Mediterranean Revival and Northern Italian buildings, charming antique stores, restaurants and coffeehouses. You will enjoy local arts visiting a Venice Community Theater, the Art Center, and the Symphony Orchestra. Often referred to as the crown jewel of Southwest Florida, Venice is a sophisticated town with shopping that is on a par with Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and restaurants that suit every palette. There is a European feel to Venice and its charm and friendliness is very welcoming.
Take a short drive to Sarasota to see the Mote Aquarium, Ringling Mansion and the Ringling Art Museum (free admission on Mondays).
A subtropical paradise in every way, Cape Haze has long entranced vacationers with its golden sands and lush interior. The town is located on a tip of the Cape Haze Peninsula, southwest of Port Charlotte, 76 miles south of Tampa and 40 miles west of Fort Myers, in the middle of the Florida Gulf Coast. The Cape Haze area offers miles of beautiful sandy beaches and two State Parks. Vacation opportunities in this Old Florida corner are almost endless – sunbathing, beach combing, fishing along Lemon Bay and the Charlotte Harbor Estuary, canoeing, kayaking, sailing and boating to name a few.
Cape Haze is a charming community surrounded by the natural wonder of tropical flora, native wildlife, gulf breezes and shell-laden beaches. The Cedar Point Environmental Center has 88 acres with marked hiking trails through pine flat-woods, oak scrub, salt flats and the mangroves of Lemon Bay. Lemon Bay Park, located north of Dearborn Street in Olde Englewood, has a butterfly garden, nature trails and picnic sites.
For family with kids there are two interesting places nearby: Kidstar Park in Port Charlotte (16mi) and King Richards Medieval Family Fun Park (60mi).
Cape Haze offers seven golf courses within 5 miles including golf Courses in Englewood (Lemon Bay Golf Club, Myakka Pines Golf Club, Oyster Creek Golf & Country Club, Wildflower Country Club); and Port Charlotte (Deep Creek Golf Club, Duffys Golf Center, Eagle Point Golf Club, Maple Leaf Estates Golf Course).
There are plenty of accommodation choices as well – you can rent a house or stay at one of the resorts.
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Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) offers jet service and connections to areas all over the world from its facility near Fort Myers (40 miles from Cape Haze). Residents and visitors often use the Sarasota/Bradenton airport (SRQ) as well (41 miles). The airport took the airport code SSO in 1948. However, SSO was too easily confused in radio transmissions with the distress signal SOS. So the infrequently used letter Q was tagged to SR. Chances are that you will fly into the Tampa International airport (TPA) located around 78 miles north of town in Tampa. Rent a car or take a shuttle bus from airport.
To explore the area renting car is a must. State Road 776 provides convenient access to Englewood, connecting with U.S. 41 and I-75 via Jacaranda Boulevard (Exit 193) or the River Road connection with I-75 (Exit 191). Interstate Highway 75 traverses the county in a north / south direction. US Highway 41 (also known as Tamiami Trail) is the other main north / south route.
The town is located on the Cape Haze peninsula south of Venice and Port Charlotte and is one of Florida’s best kept secrets. In spite of the name, the weather was picture perfect every time we visited the area. We discovered this unspoiled corner of Florida entirely by chance and decided to spread the word! From Tampa Bay to Charlotte Harbor, Southwest Florida is lined with some of the best beaches in the world.
Cape Haze peninsula still offers the Old Florida with mile upon mile of uncrowded sandy beaches, excellent fishing and boating facilities, spectacular golf courses, great restaurants, unique shopping and offers the perfect location for you and your family to totally unwind and relax.
The climate is near perfect, with an average annual temperature of 74 °F. The Gulf breezes cool the air in the summer, and the average temperature in the coolest month (January) is a mild 63°. The Cape Haze residents and visitors alike enjoy an unspoiled natural beauty, with clean air, pristine waters, and sunshine undimmed by industrial haze (pun intended).
In Cape Haze, the Gulf is 1.5 miles, shopping minutes away. The streets name remind you that the ocean is a stone throw away – Green Dolphin Rd , Spyglass Alley etc. The town is very close to 8 wonderful 'sugar sand' beaches all within a 20 minute drive, with some of the best shelling and shark tooth collecting to be had on the whole South Gulf Coast. There are 7 Golf courses within 30 minutes drive. Boating, swimming, biking tennis and fishing available nearby. Port Charlotte for all department stores is only 15 miles away, with a large Publix supermarket and two gas stations less then 3 miles away. Gulf Cove Nature Reserve is just 5 minutes sailing time away.
The beautiful town of Venice is 11 miles / 20 minutes away; world famous resort Warm Mineral Springs 15 miles / 25 minutes; Sarasota - 35 miles, 45 minutes.