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Approximate Driving Times to:

Air Boat Rides (Boggy Creek): 20 - 25 Minutes
Airport (Orlando International): 30 - 35 Minutes
Airport (Sanford): 50 - 55 Minutes
Airport (Tampa): 60 - 65 Minutes
Aquatica: 15 - 20 Minutes
Beach (Clearwater Beach): 85 - 90 Minutes
Beach (Daytona Beach): 85 - 90 Minutes
Blizzard Beach: 10 - 15 Minutes
Busch Gardens: 60 - 65 Minutes

Celebration - 10-15 minutes 
Cypress Gardens: 25 - 30 Minutes
Dinosaur World: 40 - 45 Minutes
Discovery Cove: 15 - 20 Minutes
Disney's Animal Kingdom: 5 - 10 Minutes
Disney's Epcot: 10 - 15 Minutes
Disney's Hollywood Studios: 10 - 15 Minutes
Disney's Magic Kingdom: 10 - 15 Minutes
Downtown Disney: 15 - 20 Minutes
Florida Mall: 20 - 25 Minutes
Gatorland: 20 - 25 Minutes
Golf Course (Nearest): Less than 5 minutes
Islands of Adventure: 20 - 25 Minutes
Kennedy Space Center: 70 - 75 Minutes
Pharmacy (Nearest): Less than 5 minutes
Premium Outlets: 10 - 15 Minutes
Ripleys Believe It Or Not!: 15 - 20 Minutes
Seaworld: 15 - 20 Minutes
Supermarket (Nearest): Less than 5 minutes

Walmart Nearest - by 192 - 10 minuets
Typhoon Lagoon: 10 - 15 Minutes
Universal Studios: 20 - 25 Minutes
Wet 'n Wild: 20 - 25 Minutes
Wonderworks: 15 - 20 Minutes

Kissimmee: 10 Minutes

Helpful shortcut  to Kissimmee and Disney world : leave the villa and at the main road turn left, drive to first set of lights, CVS pharmacy on your right, turn right and keep on this road and it will take you directly onto the US 192 at Kissimmee. You will find plenty of bars restaurants and shopping. This is also a quicker route to disney - go to the US 192 at Kissimmee and turn right, then take the 2nd junction on the right sign posted Disney World.

Guests requiring to make telephone calls internationally: International telephone calls can be arranged for the duration of their stay please request a quote for this service.


I think it right to separately mention security as I know that going to Florida security is paramount in most people’s thoughts, particularly guests travelling for the first time.
Orlando is generally a very safe area and the police are very proactive in protecting tourists but of course like most places in the world there will always be crimes and burglaries committed.
It is a common belief that a gated community is safer than a non-gated community, I am afraid this is not the case as there are as many break ins on gated communities as there are non-gated communities.
It is easy for thieves to gain access codes to gated communities as there are trades and deliveries being made on these communities every day and not all have 24/7 gatekeepers.
The community of Sandy Ridge is a non-gated community which is a mix of permanent residents of which some are police officers. The remainder is made up of short term rental properties and it is up to each owner to install their own security measures.
The community jointly pay for mobile security 24/7 with monitored CCTV on all entrances and exits.

Our villa has a monitored 24/7 alarm system and a safety deposit box and for additional security for our guests we have our own CCTV covering the pool equipment, front door and garage entrance, there are no cameras in the home or public areas e.g. Pool area. so our guests can feel very secure whether away or at home.