Pool Villa in Orlando, Florida

Southern Dunes, Haines City, Polk County,Florida

Welcome to Central Florida a land of imagination, where dreams can come true and your days and nights are never dull. An area which is full not just with theme parks but great golf courses, super shopping malls, beautiful beaches and other unusual and interesting attractions and great days out.

Most people think of this area as Orlando but that is a bit misleading as there is more to Central Florida than just the City of Orlando.
Orlando itself is a large City with loads to offer and spread over a large area.
When you mention Orlando you think of theme parks and that is true but they are in various other areas around and to the south and west of the city itself.
Disney World with its four theme parks is situated within Lake Buena Vista around 20 minutes from the city, Universal Orlando is the closest to the city itself located at the north end of International Drive a well known tourist area as is SeaWorld Adventure Park although it is at the other end of that road around 5 miles away. The new Legoland Florida is in Polk County in the City of Winter Haven around 30 minutes from Disney and Busch Gardens is in Tampa around an hour from Disney.
Aside from exciting and fun theme parks, Orlando and the Central Florida area has loads more to offer including golf courses that are of championship standards and the shopping in the Orlando area is as much an experience as the theme parks.
There are also numerous varied other attractions within the Central Florida region all providing great days out and full of fun.
Orlando (Central Florida)is one of the most visited regions in America. Once you step foot in your favourite adventure area, you will discover why people of all nationalities, all walks of life, return again and again.

Disney World

Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Donald are all waiting for you at the 4 Disney World theme parks. At Disney’s Magic Kingdom the hit movies and storybooks come to life. Within the Magic Kingdom you can walk among the Pirates of the Caribbean, laugh with Monsters Inc characters on the Laugh Floor and ride the thrilling Space Mountain. Disney’s Epcot Centre brings the rest of the world to Orlando through imaginative, fun and educational exhibitions. Disney’s Animal Kingdom offers amazing attractions and entertainment like the 4x4 Kilimanjaro safaris to see real African animals. Disney Hollywood Studios let you go behind the scenes to see how all of your favourite Disney movies are made.

Universal Orlando

Universal Orlando is a gripping and ever-changing park for families. Universal’s Islands of Adventure are 5 small islands packed with gravity defying rides and attractions featuring comic book heros and legendary characters. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is now open and bringing in the crowds. Universal Studios Orlando is a fully functioning movie and TV studio where the whole family can get in on the action. Explore your favourite Universal films of the past or learn about the up and coming shows and movies.

SeaWorld Adventure Park

The dazzling animal shows at SeaWorld Adventure Park have been entertaining audiences for decades. Shake hands with a walrus, get a kiss from a seal, feed the dolphins and see the phenomenal choreographed shows in the massive tanks. You can visit beluga whales, penguins, sharks, manatees and turtles. SeaWorld would not be an Orlando tourist park without some outrageous rides. From rollercoaster to water rides, you can have it all at SeaWorld including the newest ride Manta.

Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens is located west of Orlando in Tampa Bay, Florida. Busch Gardens has loads of great rides like the wooden Gwazi rollercoaster featuring 2 different tracks. The Land of Dragons is set in a magical forest with a huge tree house and cascading waterfalls. The Budweiser Clydesdales remain the park’s favourite attraction.

Orlando Golf Courses

Not only does Orlando have the greatest concentration of theme parks in America, it also has a huge number of championship golf courses. Southern Dunes Golf and Country Club.The best Public Course in Central Florida (Golf Digest).Very playable and most enjoyable. Falcon's Fire Golf Club has wide fairways and is recognised as one of the best golf courses in Orlando. Shingle Creek Golf Course offers a rewarding round of golf that will challenge all handicaps and is located only 9 miles from the centre of Orlando. There are also Disneys Magnolia and Palm courses where the pros play. Isleworth Golf Course is a taxing 18-hole course with fast greens and lovely rolling hills hiding bunkers and water hazards, this is where Tiger Woods is a member.Please also try Highlands Reserve or Ridgewood Lakes a short drive from Southern Dunes. I am fortunate to have played them all and more and have yet to be disapointed with any.

More Attractions in Central Florida

Gatorland is a fabulous park and conservation area for alligators and other species common to Florida’s Everglades. Discovery Cove is an aquatic based theme park with water rides, an aquarium and warm beaches for soaking up the Florida sun. You can ride the waves at Typhoon Lagoon and explore the Titanic at Titanic Ship of Dreams. Wet N Wild and Castaway Creek are popular water parks. Please also try the new Legoland Florida now open just 20mins away in Winter Haven.

Polk County, Central Florida

Our Villa is located within Polk County a great area for fishing, horse riding, boating, golf and various unusual attractions away from the normal theme parks.Please check out the web site for all the areas attractions you will not be disappointed.

Shopping in Orlando

Orlando takes pride in its malls and boutique shops. The shopping opportunities in Orlando are nearly unfathomable. From little t-shirt and souvenir stores, to mega outlet malls and posh boutiques, shopping is one of Orlando’s favourite activities. The Florida Mall is probably the most well known by tourists to the area and features your mainstay stores, but also some very unique shops but there are plenty other malls and outlets to choose from such as Lakeland Square, Mall of Millenia, check them all out at (http://www.orlandoescape.com/orlandoshoppingmalls.htm) The Goliath of all shopping complexes must be Prime Outlets Orlando.

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