Palm IslandThe idea of having all of the perks of the Caribbean while maintaining the luxuries of American culture make the islands of Florida very appealing. A combination of a rural landscape with modern amenities is in fact the hallmark of this regal cluster of islands off the coast of Southwest Florida.

Palm Island and Don Pedro Island is a seven-mile barrier island accessed by car ferry or private boat only. There are very few coastal Florida locations as exclusive and pristine as you’ll find on this island making it a wise investment, as well as a beautiful place to live and vacation. There are no commercial high rises and the preferred modes of transportation are either golf cart or bicycle. The beaches here are secluded and quiet, the perfect getaway from the congestion of city life.

Further south, Useppa Island is named “The Crown Jewel of the Florida Coast” by the London Times for its royal and exotic foliage, pristine colonial backdrop and the impressive list of Hollywood celebrities and industry titans that have visited here since the 1920s. The Rockefellers, DuPonts and Rothschilds have all vacationed on this enchanting island. Useppa is accessible by boat or helicopter only. There are no cars, bridges and certainly no traffic here. In fact, the island is entirely private, besides a limited Boca Grande cruise that transports visitors for lunch at Collier Inn at the Useppa Island Club.

Little Bokeelia Island

Current owner and developer, Gar Beckstead bought the island in the ‘70s, restoring much of its early “old Florida” elegance. Included in the richness of Useppa’s tradition is its reputation for above average service and all-star hospitality. Maine Lobster Fridays, local seafood and a piano bar all compliment the breathtaking sunset views from the dining room. After dinner, a moonlight view of night-blooming cereus in the Pink Promenade will provide the perfect end to a romantic evening in paradise. Nature trails, bird watching and stand-up paddle boarding keep visitors active. For those hoping to purchase a piece of this tropical perfection, real estate is available on the island with million dollar views and the seclusion paradise has to offer.

If you are in the market for your own private island, an exceptional opportunity is available on Little Bokeelia Island in coveted Pine Island Sound. A ruby among jewels, Bokeelia is surrounded by tranquil blue waters and hunter green palms. A spectacular 1920s Mediterranean style custom villa serves as the centerpiece of the island. A year-round maintenance staff lives on the grounds and the fully maintained property has all of the amenities of mainland living such as electricity. The beauty of the interiors is only surpassed by the view of the sea and miles of ethereal horizon sky.

The islands off the west coast of Florida are, quite literally, history in motion. Each individual island has its own character—Sanibel for its museum, rich Calusa Indian legacy and shell hunting; Captiva for its nature preserves, and Pine Island for its braeathtaking waterfront vistas. The collection of islands is nostaligic, yet progressive with several untouched areas that offer endless potential for development.

Visit this airy tropical paradise or indulge in high-style by purchasing an island of your own. Imagine the possibilities . . .