★ Walt Disney World Resort, Seaworld and Universal Studios via Interstate 4
★ Premium Outlets and shopping via Interstate 4
★ Publix supermarket and shops on US27
★ Selection of restaurants on US27 and ChampionsGate
Santa Cruz is a small established part-residential and part-rental community. With only 71 properties, expect a warm neighbourhood feel. For golfers, there are an excellent selection of courses local to the area. If you manage to work your way through these, there are even more to the south towards Haines City.
Heading south down US27 for around 3 miles (towards Interstate 4), there is the Posner Park shopping centre offering major stores including JC Penney, Target, Ross, Dress for Less and many more. There are also a selection of restaurants available. Approximately 4 miles east of Santa Cruz lies the ChampionsGate development, which has a Publix supermarket, a number of local restaurants, as well as the Omni Resort hotel - offering fine dining for that special occasion.
Approximately 3 miles north on US27 there is another (slightly more local) Publix supermarket and shopping complex, with eateries including Applebees, Quiznos, an Indian take-away and a wine & bistro parlour. The nearest Walmart Supercenter is approximately 3.5 miles further north - just past the junction with US192.
Nearest Walmart, Publix or Target Supermarket
Premium Shopping Outlets, Vineland
Santa Cruz is located on highway US27, around 2.5 miles north of the intersection with Interstate 4. The most straightforward driving route to Walt Disney World is via Interstate 4, although as an alternative highway US192 (the main road through to Kissimmee) is an option. For Universal Studios, SeaWorld and the International Drive area, head further north on Interstate 4 towards Orlando. Orlando International airport is accessible from Interstate 4 and the Beachline Expressway SR528. This is also the route to Kennedy Space Center and Cocoa Beach.
For the Gulf coast and Busch Gardens, head south on Interstate 4 towards Tampa. For Legoland Florida, head south on highway US27 passing the intersection with Interstate 4.
Disney Springs and Market Place
Disney's Magic Kingdom
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sport
Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure
Universal Studios, Volcano Bay
Seaworld, Discovery Cove & Aquatica
Busch Gardens, Tampa
Old Town and Fun Park
Orlando International Airport
Sanford International Airport
Driving distances are taken from Google Maps and reference a central starting point in the community. When quoting distances to Walt Disney World Resort, these are not taken to the 'gates', but are representative of the actual distance to the specific attraction. Driving distances are not biased to any villa community.
This is the mid-section of highway US27 and encompasses a number of rental communities from the intersection with highway US192 then south towards Interstate 4. With this area fast becoming where the majority of visitors to the Orlando area will stay, improvements to the roads have made them wider to cater for the additional traffic. Access to the attractions, shops and restaurants is via Interstate 4 or US192. Likewise, a visit to Tampa or the Gulf coast beaches is equally as straightforward via Interstate 4.
Staying in this area means a car is essential when visiting the theme parks, area attractions and the local shops.