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Windward Passage Resort-Fort Myers

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Anyone been to or know anything about this resort in
Fort Myers? Any info would be helpful.
Thanks
 

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Windward Passage Resort, Fort Myers BEACH --- my $0.02 worth...

Anyone been to or know anything about this resort in
Fort Myers? Any info would be helpful.
Thanks

I am a former owner at this facility (sold my week two or three years ago). It's an older facility, but located right on the Gulf. It's at the NW end (i.e., the "busy" / traffic congested in high season / Times Square / pier / end) of Estero Island (a.k.a. Fort Myers Beach). The city of "Fort Myers" itself is inland from there and is an entirely separate and distinct municipality.
WPR is managed by VRI (...always a good thing, in my personal opinion). Some units have nice Gulf views, many gaze upon the parking lot instead. It's reasonably close to Bowditch Park, a nice little park with walking trails. Recent extensive concrete refurbishing effort (with accompanying special assessment for all owners) closed the resort down completely for months, but it's been fully reopened again for over a year now.

A departed (or banned??? --- it doesn't really matter which...) former TUG poster and self-perceived SW FL "expert" (..who lives in Missouri) had a fair amount of negative commentary to offer regarding this facility, despite never having actually stayed there himself. To him, this is a "lesser resort" and it's "mediocre". In all fairness, TUG reviews are not too stellar either, although none are very current. Personally, I always found the place to be quite adequate during my years of ownership. However, I'm not fussy. For me, being there always beat shoveling snow and skidding around on ice at home in January, hands down. I sold my WPR week mostly because I grew tired of playing the telephone reservation race game required for booking one of the (limited) decent winter "float" weeks (specifically, limited to weeks 1-4). I did not sell due to any unsatisfactory shortcomings of the facility itself. The "blackout" of weeks 5-15 which applies to any and all float owner reservations there was ultimately unacceptable to me. Everyone is different, but the only time I want to even set foot in the state of Florida is when there is ice and snow on the ground at home --- but that's just me...

There are (greatly overpriced, in my opinion) resales routinely offered by the real estate agent located on site at WPR. Most weeks of the year are generally available. I don't see many resales for the facility advertised other than on the resort web site, but I sold my week on my own with no resale agent involvement (...or commission). FYI, there has been a WPR float week listed on eBay for months now; the "buy it now" price of $2k has produced no buyer. It may be worth that much, but probably not. I'd only offer 1/2 to 2/3 of that figure, maximum, for a WPR "float" week, personally.
I don't know if your inquiry pertains to acceptabilty as an "exchange", but for a "high season" winter week, my answer would be yes, without much hesitation. Historically, beggars can't be choosers in that particular geographic area, where demand consistently exceeds supply for "high season" weeks --- even in the current economy. If you have some other unidentified purpose or agenda underlying this inquiry, I'll attempt to answer any specific questions which you might have, either openly or via PM.
 
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