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Champions Gate – One to remember!
If you have been fortunate enough to book one of the many wonderful private villas available to you on the H27, then in the Champions Gate is a useful area to be aware of. The unmistakably impressive iron entrance of Champions Gate at junction 58 off the I4, is clearly relatively new. It just bubbles over with “Look at me”, from the minute you set eyes on it! ! Apart from being a perfect route to the I4 from the H27, it is also a very new and welcoming area these days, and there is just more restaurants and facilities added each time we see it! !
So, let’s look at what you can expect when you get to Champions Gate. Apart from the obligatory petrol station and huge Publix supermarket (reminiscent of an M&S food store) , this food store is probably the most convenient supermarket for all the communities on Ronald Reagan Highway, the CR54, it is also very handy for the US27 and not as large as the 2 Wal*mart’s available on the H27, there is a Publix on the H27 which if you are staying near it is also ideal. Bank
There is a bank (Public Bank), which will allow you to withdraw from your UK bank, up to $500, and with Nationwide there is no charge for this! On our last visit there was another bank being built too! ! Pharmacy
Walgreens is a well known name, and a very reliable chain. You will find they print digital photos here too, at a very competitive price. Restaurants
Ok what do we have now? There is of course a very new and in my opinion, one of the better, McDonald’s (a regular stopping haunt for us on route to the villa I might add! ! ) Well there is the perfect, China 1 for Chinese food, La Crepe French restaurant, Pepperon’ pizza and pasta restaurant, and the fantastic Chillis grill bar, which also provides a take-away option. Both the Chinese and the pizza and pasta restaurant will deliver. We can highly recommend both these restaurants, the pizzas are amongst the best we’ve had in Florida, and unless you are a BIG eater, you can order 1 meal for two from the pasta menu, trust me it is huge! A regular for a quick lunch on route somewhere would be the Subway sandwich bar. You can eat in here if you want , another recommendation from us!
Useful additions to this plaza area are the hair dressers, nail and tanning salon, liquor store, dry cleaners and UPS store. And if you fancy a night in there is a movie rental store! ! Golf
If golf is your game then you will be very pleased with the course available at Champions Gate, ideally you would be well advised to visit the Champions Gate website. The two golf courses at Champions Gate, provide diverse layouts, with the International featuring an authentic links style layout, while the National is designed in the traditional American style with wood lined fairways and strategic water hazards. Club amenities include valet parking, iced towel service, and the top GPS system available – Prolink (on all carts). Besides the GPS, each course also has measurements posted on each tee box, daily pin placement information, and sprinkler heads on the fairways measured to the center of the green. Weather covers are standard on every cart. You can visit the Champions Gate website and it is even possible to book a tee time online up to 30 days in advance. Reservations must be cancelled no later than 24 hours before reserved tee time to avoid penalty.
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Page added on: 12 March 2007
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