A visit to Palm Island Resort feels like letting out a deep breath.
It feels separate from the everyday world where cars shriek and people hurry. It feels remote, perhaps because it’s accessible only by private boat or by ferry.
It’s quiet. You can hear birds and the music of the wind rustling the trees. The sand is soft, and the water is clear and tinted an emerald color. 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 villas are roomy and comfortable, and ours boasted soaring views of the Gulf. We could throw open the doors and listen to the surf all night.
The Resort encompasses a two-mile portion of private, pristine beach on the Gulf of Mexico at the northern end of Knight’s Island, a sliver of sand snuggled close to the Intracoastal Waterway on Florida’s southwest gulf coast. Golf carts, bicycles and walking are the only means of transportation.
It’s private. It’s pristine. And it’s perfect. Check out my slideshow and you’ll see what I mean.
Warning: Watching this video could result in beach-envy, and may even result in a vacation.