Highlands is located one and half miles south of US 192 on Highway 27
10 minutes to
Disney Animal Kingdom
Area & Villa InformationWe have put together some information from our own experience, which we believe you may find of use to you during your stay in on Highlands Reserve. However, if you have any questions, we are more than happy to help you out.
Fastest Route from Airport by Car
From Orlando International (MCO) (less than $5 in tolls) head for the 417 SOUTH. From Sanford International, also head for the 417 SOUTH (less than $10 in tolls). Stay on the 417 toll road which eventually merges into the I4 West to Tampa - take exit 55 and take US27 North towards Clermont. Highlands Reserve is about 5 miles up the US27 on the left hand side.
Highlands Reserve entrance is well lit along the US27 and easy to find even in the dark. If you get to the traffic lights Publix turn around and take first right turn into Highlands Reserve.
There is another entrance to Highlands Reserve off Sand Mine Road (left at Publix traffic lights) but, unless you know where you are going, it is best to turn around so you can follow the directions given to you by the villa owner prior to your arrival. Once you have your bearings, the side entrance (Trentham Lane) is more convenient for getting to the shops, restaurants & bars.
Getting Around Without A
Magic Shuttle are based on Regal Palms behind Publix Supermarket and they offer the complete package including pickups and drop-offs to all Theme Parks, Restaurants, Dinner Shows, Shopping Malls and Orlando & Sanford Airports.
If you don't want to drive whilst in Orlando, these guys are your saviour. Check out their website for more details by clicking on www.magicshuttle.net
Skips Taxi Service can be contacted on 1-877-660-0148 and a really nice guy (Jay) with a 15 seater taxi will pick you up from your villa will take you to the shops, theme parks, restaurants, beaches etc…. and pick you up again when you say.
Wal-Mart, is a popular superstore (now affiliated with ASDA) located about 2.5 miles north on the US27 (turn right at first traffic lights after you cross over the US192). Excellent value shopping (same principle as ASDA in the UK, but so much bigger).
Walking Times to Publix Supermarket, Restaurants & Bars
Please refer to street map for illustrative representation of walking distances by clicking on here
Walking times based on normal walking pace for an average fit adult. Please adjust for faster or slower walking styles
Restaurants & Bars
Fancy going to a good American Bar within “staggering” distance from your villa – then we recommend Linksters Tap Room opposite Applebee’s – open 7 days till 2am (Sundays till midnight) – extensive range of drinks and a pool table and very friendly staff – smoking allowed indoors too if you are discrete !!
There is a loads of shops and restaurants along the US192 (a bit like Blackpool). We found Sizzler is excellent value for breakfast or brunch - arrive at around 10:30am and you can eat breakfast and lunch for less than $5 - no need to worry about eating in Disney !
We can definitely recommend Carrabba's Italian Grill just after the intersection with Black Lake Road on the right (fantastic food at a very reasonable price). You must try their Carrabbarita - it's a Margarita with a generous twist of Amaretto - to die for !!
You will also find a TGI Fridays next door. There are also some excellent takeaways (Chinese, Indian & Pizza) in this area too.
13 miles south of Highlands Reserve (18 minutes drive) in Haines City on the US27 is the fantastic Manny’s Chop House on the right – Excellent steaks (try the 24oz T-Bone if you dare) at incredibly low prices (4 people can eat with drinks for less than $60) – it’s where the locals go, for a good reason !! We found that if you call them 40 minutes before you want to go, telling them you are just leaving Universal Studios, they will book you a table, otherwise it could be a long wait at the bar !!
If you travel north on the US27 towards Clermont - try Guso's, an independent Italian restaurant with excellent food at local prices - it's on the southbound side at Clermont Terrace (near Harley Davidson dealer).
If you want somewhere very good but a bit of a haul try Le Coq au Vin at 4800 S. Orange Boulevard at Holden Avenue. It’s about 40 minutes drive, but the food is as good as we have ever eaten in the US. Packed with locals and not very expensive and the chocolate soufflés especially recommended !!
Gym / Fitness Centre
To get there, go north on US27, across the US50 past Clermont. at about the 2nd lights after the US50 there is a restaurant on the left, turn left at the lights and at the next little crossroad there is a dirt parking area diagonally across on your far left corner. Park in there & walk to the back of the lot where you will see the lake and the Tikki Bar - It's a great spot for a drink and to watch the sunset !!
DVD Video & Games Rental
Please note that UK purchased DVD's (Region 2) will not work in the USA and visa versa. USA purchased DVD's (Region 1) may work in the UK as long as you have a multi-region or a hacked DVD Player and a NTSC compatible TV - UK & most European TV's use the PAL colour system, whereas US TV's use NTSC.Telephone Calls
All local telephone calls and numbers starting '1-800' can be dialled free from all villas. Some villas offer free national and/or International calls - check individual villa details.
Check-In and Check-Out Times
Linens & Towels
If you are planning a visit to one or more of the water theme parks or even plan a trip to the Gulf or Atlantic coast, then please use your own beach towels (or you can purchase these really cheaply from the numerous "gift stores" anywhere along the US192).
The Pool Timer
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All we have to say now is to have a great holiday
We can guarantee you will definitely want to visit again
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