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The Story--On April 27, 2012, we drove down from Indiana to purchase Hacienda Del Sol II, #502, and immediately spent our two weeks making it brighter, more cheery and a fun place to stay. We have continued to upgrade every trip we have made. We hope to share the results of our efforts with you.
We decided to name our new condo on the beach 'Sea Beans' because of the unusual seeds that wash ashore in the New Smyrna Beach area at certain times of the year. As you walk along the 10-mile stretch of sandy, Atlantic beach looking for shells, you may find instead, seeds in the shape of hearts, miniature hamburgers and golf balls! The “hamburgers” can be made into interesting jewelry. Google “sea beans” before you come.
#502, a non-smoking unit, is located on the top floor of Hacienda Del Sol II, a five-story, 80-unit, condominium located on the non-driving section of the beach. The panoramic view of the ocean from the balcony, living room and bedroom of this unit is spectacular to the East and to the South. From the front door and kitchen, there is also a scenic view to the West and to the North. The elevator and laundry facilities are conveniently nearby, yet this is a very quiet location in the building.
We've redecorated the living room with new furniture, new queen sleeper sofa, wall decor, a new age shag rug and a new 50 in. flat screen, wall-mounted TV. An Xbox 360 with wireless remotes furnishes gaming and the ability to play your CDs and DVD movies. For movie buffs, we have included DVDs of some past Academy Award nominees and winners for your enjoyment. There are books and puzzles for adults and crayons and coloring books for the kids, along with some games. In addition, there is free wireless access.
The kitchen is fully equipped with a full-sized range, microwave oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, blender, mixer, cookware, new coffeemaker and dinnerware for six. There is also a full set of spices at your disposal if you intend to cook! The kitchen opens on to the dining room/living room area with a table and seating for four and, additionally, has a breakfast bar with seating for two.
The master bedroom has new linens and is newly decorated with local artwork. It features a king-sized bed and a new 32 in. flat screen TV with a DVD player. We have organized the walk-in closet to offer maximum storage for those of you who are lucky enough to have a long-term stay in #502. In the linen closet, we have provided sheets, towels and dishtowels; and, on the bottom shelf, you will find beach towels.
The bunk room, or half bedroom, is furnished in a 'tiki hut' motif and also has new linens. Special Peek-a-Boo pillows can be used as pillows or will delight young surfers by turning into a sea turtle and a toy shark. There is also a cute, stuffed alligator to cuddle.
The balcony is furnished with a new chaise and bistro set made of Honduras mahogany, perfect for your morning coffee with the sunrise or an afternoon cocktail overlooking the beach and pool, as you enjoy the ever-present breeze.
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If you prefer to fly, Daytona Airport is less than one half hour away from New Smyrna Beach, along with the Daytona International Speedway and Daytona Beach with its numerous shops and restaurants. Orlando International Airport is approximately one hour away, as is Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World and all the other Orlando attractions. Just South is the Kennedy Space Center and North is historic St. Augustine, the oldest city in America.
Outdoor activities include swimming, fishing, surfing, biking, kayaking, diving, jet skiing, river cruises and sailing. If you are a golfer, there are ten golf courses within easy driving distance. Other attractions include perusing the galleries, shopping in the quaint shops or eating at one of the many restaurants on historic Flagler Avenue and Canal Street. You can tour the Scenic Lighthouse at Ponce Inlet or visit Turtle Mound (a protected bird sanctuary) at Canaveral National Seashore. Of course, you can always simply sit on the beach in the sun, walk for miles splashing in the water, or lounge at the pool.
Year Purchased: 2012
About: We chose the New Smyrna Beach area after staying all over the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. We love the climate, the smooth and safe beach, the restaurants (our goal is to try them all!), and the proximity to Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, Speed Week, the Daytona 500, Bike Week, and Cape Kennedy. We think this area is perfect for beach vacations with the kids or the grandkids or to escape blustery Northern winter weather. We hope you will try it.
Why Hacienda del Sol II: This condo building is located on the non-driving end of the beach and is very family oriented. Both the kiddie pool and the large swimming pool are seasonally heated with a wind block to protect the pool area during the cooler season. The poolside cabana offers showers and bathrooms, a refrigerator, gas barbeque grills and a place to gather with friends or family for a cookout. Two shuffleboard courts are also available for your enjoyment. Just beyond the shuffleboard courts is a large beachfront sundeck with lounge chairs for those who enjoy the ocean without the sand.
Just one block North of Hacienda Del Sol II, within easy walking distance, are several good restaurants, a surf shop, hair and nail salon, a new Dollar General FOOD MARKET and more.
The Unique Benefits at this Condo: When we first saw this condo, our comment was 'Wow, what a view!' Our guests tell us the same.