Emerald Island is surrounded by a conservation area and encompasses over 300 acres of land, including an 11 acre nature area in the middle of the resort. The 550 brightly colored homes ,ranging from 3 bedroom townhouses to large 7 bedroom villas in a Mediterranean style, and were constructed between 2002 and 2005. Today the beautiful dolphin statue at the entrance of the community, together with fountains and manicured lawns, leads to the gatehouse manned 24 hours a day. The 4,000 sq ft clubhouse and all of the facilities here are free for guests to enjoy, these include a modern fitness center, video games arcade, cyber café, meeting room and small convenience store. Helpful, friendly staff are on duty throughout the day and evening to assist with arranging transportation, tickets for dinner shows and other general inquiries. The outside pool area offers plenty of loungers and space, a heated swimming pool, hot tub, sauna and steam room, and not forgetting the all-important tiki bar serving drinks and snacks. Also on the community there are tennis and volleyball courts, children’s play areas, BBQ and picnic areas, as well as nature trails for walking, jogging or cycling. Organized activities arranged by the staff include karaoke evenings and movie nights. Disney theme parks are situated just a few miles away and the bustling US192, with its wide range of shops and restaurants, is even closer. The I-4 highway leading to Universal, Sea World, International Drive and the coasts is just a short drive away.