Destination guide

Placida: a little slice of the Caribbean in Florida

The small community of Placida lies on a peninsula north of Fort Myers, on Florida's West Coast. It's a charming little spot, with colorful Caribbean-style homes lining small streets along with tall swaying palms. Don't be fooled by its size. When it comes to outdoor activities, it punches well above its weight. When you stay in a Placida vacation rental, you can get stuck into the many water sports, or hop aboard one of the daily sports fishing charters. Of course, if you want to just kick back on the long stretches of sandy beach nearby, no one's going to stop you.

Things to do

Historical attractions aplenty in Placida

It's not all sand, sea and water sports when you stay in a Placida vacation rental. You'll find most of the historic and cultural attractions in nearby Punta Gorda. If you swing by the Boca Grande Lighthouse & Museum you can discover 1000s of years of the region's history, while the Blanchard House Museum is dedicated to the history of African American culture in Florida. While you're there, art lovers shouldn't miss a self-guided tour of the 28 murals that adorn the city walls. Back in Placida, you can find your inner hippy at the Sunday evening Eaglewood Beach Drum Circle.

Activities

There's something for everyone in Placida

It might sound a little cliched, but there really is something for everyone when you stay in a Placida vacation rental with the family. In the morning, you can get the body and mind ready for the day by limbering up with a little yoga on the beach. You can stretch out on the beach for the rest of the day, taking the odd dip in the ocean and drawing lines in the sand for a late afternoon family volleyball game. There's no shortage of rental outfits offering all manner of water sports. Bag yourself some equipment and head out for exciting sea kayaking, paddle boarding or jet skiing adventures.

Weather

For the best weather, try spring in Placida

The best time to score a Placida vacation rental is between March and May, when the temperature hovers between the 70s and 80s and the prices haven't hit their summer highs or unbearable humidity. For the best prices, you'll want to avoid the school breaks, when families descend on Florida's beaches. In fall, the rental costs hit rock bottom but you'll run the risk of hurricanes. Though the weather won't be hot, the mild climes between December and February make it an attractive time to visit and escape the below-freezing temperatures further north.

Natural features

There's nature on your doorstep in Placida

Placida lies just on the edge of the Cape Haze Aquatic Preserve, a huge aquatic park made up of mangroves, islands and shallow creeks that meet the Gulf of Mexico waters. These rich seagrass waters are the ideal home for all manner of fish and crustaceans, while the tiny islands are used by resident nesting seabirds. You don't need much to see the wildlife – just a rented kayak and a pair of binoculars and you're good to go. Alternatively, you can drop your line in to bag a crab to take back to your Placida vacation rental for a seafood feast.

How to get there

How to get to and around Placida

The nearest airport is in Punta Gorda, FL (PGD-Charlotte County), located 15.4 mi (24.8 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into Fort Myers, FL (RSW-Southwest Florida Intl.), which is 36.2 mi (58.2 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Placida?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,107 vacation rentals near Placida. From 534 Houses to 274 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Placida for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Placida?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Placida:

  • Palm Island: 187 vacation rentals
  • Rotonda Sands: 103 vacation rentals
  • Placida Bay: 44 vacation rentals
  • Coral Creek: 28 vacation rentals
  • Pelican: 1,658 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Placida?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Placida. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Gasparilla Marina: 2,820 vacation rentals
  • Tails and Scales Charters: 2,773 vacation rentals
  • Port Charlotte Beach Park: 2,375 vacation rentals
  • Riverwood Golf and Country Club: 2,758 vacation rentals
  • Fishermen's Village: 2,235 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Placida listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Placida?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 534 Houses in Placida. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Placida include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 274 rentals available
  • Cottages: 48 rentals available
  • Villas: 199 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Placida?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 688 vacation rentals with pool available in Placida. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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