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At Secret Places we know it’s all about the quality of time. We understand how much your choice of accommodation can make or break your vacation experience, so all our Gulf Coast Florida properties are carefully chosen for their superior style and comfort, outstanding views and prime waterside locations. We do not compromise quality for cost and we strive to ensure that a vacation spent in one of our homes will be a special experience with lasting memories and not simply just "somewhere to stay."

Spend a few moments with us and we will help you to discover your very own "secret place".

Secret Places was formed in 1997 firmly determined to develop something exceptional in prestigious accommodation for the Florida vacation experience. Our properties are either exclusively owned by Secret Places or privately owned by carefully selected individual homeowners. They are maintained and managed in partnership with our locally-based property managers in Florida.

We invite you to book with confidence and to join our growing list of friends who return to stay with us year after year.


Secret Places - Private florida vacation rentals, villas along the Gulf Coast of FloridaSophisticated Sarasota Bradenton close to the islands of Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key, Siesta Key

From Tampa and St Petersburg take the great Tamiami Trail and the dramatic Sunshine Skyway to reach Bradenton and Sarasota. Explore the string of narrow islands that hug the wonderful stretch of coastline south of Tampa Bay.

Explore the antique shops and bookstalls of “main street” Sarasota and the magnificent gulf beaches of Anna Maria Island and Siesta Key.

Spring training home of Baseballs Pittsburgh Pirates and longtime home to both The David Leadbetter Golf Academy and The Bollettiere Tennis Academy. Enjoy world class shopping at St Armands Circle, championship golf courses and gourmet dining.

Bradenton and Sarasota are located 2 ½ hours from Orlando, and Disney theme parks, and 1 hour from Tampa and Busch Gardens.


Secret Places - Private florida vacation rentals, villas along the Gulf Coast of FloridaDiscover Spectacular Cape Coral Waterfront at South Fort Myers close to Naples, Sanibel Island, Fort Myers Beach and the un-spoilt islands of Matlatcha & Pine Island.

One hour south of Sarasota, and just minutes from Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel Island on SW Florida’s magnificent Gulf Coast. Cape Coral has a unique water culture that makes every moment a pleasure, with over 400 miles of tropical waterways and canals yours to explore. So escape and enjoy a welcome change of pace. Your playground is ready. Fort Myers the  “City of Palms,”  and the islands of Sanibel and Captiva are just across the bay. The exclusive city of Naples, Marco Island, the Everglades State Park and vibrant Miami are all within easy reach.

Exploring the city is best done by boat. Upon arrival at your Cape Coral villa, take to the waters with a local guide, who will show you the sights. Cape Coral is known for its standards of good living with a huge number of exclusive luxury villas in Cape Coral. Family holidays taking advantage of Cape Coral villas are well catered for. The lively festivals during the summer months, (including Jazz and Arts festivals) are very enjoyable events, and there are a range of theme parks and water parks available within easy reach of a Cape Coral rental home.

Fishing and boating are the main activities which keep Cape Coral holiday villas busy, with extensive, top class facilities to be found around the town.The mangroves are crossed by many miles of walking trails, which are blissfully peaceful places to walk whilst on a Cape Coral holiday. Sanibel Island and Fort Myers Beach are close by, and even the Florida Keys are within reach. A nice long visit will acquaint you with historic homes (Edison and Ford spent time here), baseball training camps and nature preserves.

There is some beautiful wildlife to be seen too. When you arrive home from a Cape Coral vacation home, you will most likely have seen dolphins, the endangered burrowing owl, many species of bird, including the bald eagle and manatees, wallowing in the shallow waters of the mangrove forests.

Experience the casual atmosphere of “old town” Florida side by side with the elegant grandeur of million dollar waterfront estates. World class marinas, waterfront dining and shopping, the simple magic of nearby Matlatcha with its quirky artist shops, and tropical Island views, make Cape Coral THE destination for a memorable vacation.

Less than 1 hrs drive from Naples and the world famous Florida Everglades and a convenient 2 ½ hours from Miami’s famous South Beach. Tampa, Miami and Ft Lauderdale airports can all be reached in less than 2 ½ hours. SW Florida airport at Fort Myers is 30 minutes and the Orlando and Disney theme parks are 3 ½ hours.

Secret-Places, luxury Gulf Coast vacation rentalsHistoric Fort Myers - "City of Palms" close to Sanibel Island, Captiva Island, Fort Myers Beach and Naples

With its world famous McGregor boulevard, Fort Myers lies alongside the beautiful Caloosahatchee river, just across the bay from Cape Coral.

The Islands of Sanibel, Captiva, and Fort Myers Beach, famous for their white sandy beaches and tropical island atmosphere are minutes away.

Lush green landscapes of palms, mangrove and hibiscus and a year-round tropical climate, championship golf courses, fine dining and outlet shopping, spring training home to Baseballs, Minnesota Twins and Boston Red Socks, and home of the Thomas Edison & Henry Ford winter mansions.

South Fort Myers is located less than 1 hour from Naples and The Florida Everglades. A daily high-speed passenger ferry service connects Fort Myers and Key West – convenient for day trips or overnight visits. Miami & Tampa airports can be reached in less than 2 ½ hours.

Secret Places - Private florida vacation rentals, villas along the Gulf Coast of FloridaMake a holiday rental home or villa in Marco Island, Florida your home away from home - there are so many things to do on holiday in Marco Island, Florida

Located in the Gulf of Mexico is the beach paradise of Marco Island, Florida's largest island. The tropical white beaches, stunning climate and easy pace of life make Marco Island holiday rentals a huge favourite with visitors. The 10,000 islands and 70 miles of prime coastline accessible from a Marco Island holiday rental attracts fly fishermen from all around the world. Visit Big Cypress National Preserve, the Collier-Seminole State Park, 10,000 Islands National Wildlife Refuge and the Everglades National Park, each of which are a delight to explore by land, sea or air.

When you are looking for beautiful accommodations in the Naples, Florida area, Marco Island rentals are ideal choices. Marco Island accommodations are available in a number of different floor plans and there are properties to suit families and groups of all sizes. Marco Island villa rentals offer guests a beautiful destination near Naples. There are breathtaking beaches nearby as well as a winery and many excellent sightseeing locations. When you choose to spend your vacation in one of our Marco Island rentals, you will find that you have numerous options. All properties are fully furnished and offer all the comforts of home. Marco Island villas offer such amenities as pools, Jacuzzis, barbecues, wireless Internet access, and much more. Marco Island rentals allow guests easy access to the nearby beaches as well as many other activities and attractions. There are many adventures to be found in Marco Island, and the natural beauty of the area lends itself to excellent photography options. When staying in a holiday rental villa in Marco Island, you can even get a round of golf in. There are five golf courses within a short distance of a Marco Island villa. Marco Island resorts and neighborhoods offer truly wonderful accommodations.


Map of Florida Gulf Coast Locations
Florida stretches more than 400 miles from its state line with Georgia to the Florida Keys.

It's famous for its coastline, its Everglades, and its colorful coral reefs.

South Florida is an area of incredible natural beauty... from warm, salty, emerald green waters dotted with thousands of tiny islands in the Gulf of Mexico... to miles of white sand beaches with high-rise condominiums, hotels and trendy clubs along the Atlantic Ocean... with a dash of The Everglades cypress swamps, wetland prairies and pine forests home to a variety of wildlife...

South Florida has something for everyone!

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Welcome to Secret Places - Holiday Homes on the Florida Gulf Coast - Luxury for your Florida vacation
Established in 1997 our website contains photographs and details of beautiful waterfront vacation home rentals, vacation villas and condos in select areas of the Florida Gulf Coast. All our Florida Gulf Coast accommodation is near to beach and boat rentals, make your reservation online, we offer a refreshing alternative to the Disney theme park attractions of Orlando and Central Florida.

Secret Places offers an outstanding choice of vacation homes in Bradenton, and lakeside villas in Bradenton, close to gulf beaches at Anna Maria Island and Sarasota. On SW Florida’s gulf coast we offer waterfront villas in Cape Coral, luxury vacation homes in south Cape Coral with boats, and vacation condos in Cape Coral, close to the tropical gulf beaches of Sanibel Island and Captiva Island. For other gulf coast rentals, we offer lakeside villas in Fort Myers, vacation homes in Fort Myers, and vacation condos in Fort Myers, all vacation homes, holiday villas, and rental homes have private pools.

A Florida Vacation Rentals Home, part of your Florida vacation package
All our Gulf Coast Florida vacation rentals homes, private vacation villas and condo accommodation are individually owned and located in select areas close to beachfront, water sports, fishing and golf. No constant special offers and cheap deals. We offer luxury vacation homes to rent, for a truly memorable holiday in Bradenton, Sarasota, Cape Coral & Fort Myers.

Holiday Homes in Bradenton Sarasota
Holiday vacation villas in Bradenton Sarasota are ideally located for your two-center Florida Gulf Coast vacation. Just two hours from your Disney vacation home and located in the waterfront communities of Riverpoint, West Glenn, Glenn Lakes, Sable Harbour & Regal Oaks - these Sarasota rental homes offer Florida villa rental with lakeside views close to championship golf courses and Gulf Coast beaches at Anna Maria Island, Siesta Key, Longboat Key and St Petersburg. These private villas and vacation rental homes and are just 50 minutes from Tampa, Tropicana Field Baseball Stadium and Busch Gardens, and a comfortable drive from Disney and Orlando.

Villa Homes in Cape Coral
Luxury Gulf Coast vacation rental homes, private villas, and pool homes at Cape Coral in South West Florida are located on tropical waterways and canals, many with private boat dock and gulf access. Miles of tropical waterways make Cape Coral a boating paradise. Cape Coral waterfront villas are a luxury alternative to Naples holiday homes or a Sanibel vacation rental home. Close to championship golf courses and the Gulf Coast beaches at Sanibel Island, Captiva Island, Fort Myers Beach, Estero Beach and Naples. Your Florida Gulf Coast vacation home or Cape Coral villa is just 30 minutes from SW Florida International airport, and 3 hours from Miami, Tampa and Orlando

Vacation Rental Homes in Fort Myers
Florida rental homes, rental villas and Florida vacation rentals in Fort Myers are all close to Gulf Coast beaches, with private pools and waterfront views. Located in the communities of Wellington lakes and Beachwalk Isles, these Fort Myers vacation homes offer a more affordable alternative to Naples villas and Florida vacation rentals in Naples. Located just minutes from Fort Myers beach and Sanibel Island. Rental homes in Fort Myers offer many more options for your Florida Gulf Coast vacation than a vacation rental home in Sanibel.