"The moment we walked in the door to the garage, my kids, aged 5, 8, and 10 squealed with excitement over 2 tubs of sand toys, boogie boards for everyone, and, the biggest hit was the surfboard. Or maybe the biggest hit was the football table? These things really made it a memorable experience. There is a national park (bring your kids' National Parks Passbook to get stamped!) just a few minutes down the road. JB's fishcamp has AMAZING seafood, and the opportunity to see manatee and dolphins from their docks. The location of this rental is perfect. The beach is one house away from the house. The road we cross to get there is more of an 'alley' to local traffic than a road. We never actually saw any cars cross in front of us the entire trip! We went mid October. Perhaps it is busier at other seasons. But, I would stand at the top of the boardwalk and watch my 5 year old walk home on his own. It's that close. My 8 year old son saw a sea turtle swimming in the water next to him, right near the beach. There were one or two other families at most on the beach, ever, within a hundred yards. It's a quiet area (at least when we went), and it feels like your own paradise. We already want to go back.
The negatives are few. Our kids were old enough to stay in the bunk room themselves, but, if I only had 0-4 year olds, I would probably be concerned that the kid's room was 2 flights away from the master. The kid's room was off the garage and main floor hall/foyer on the ground floor. The master on the top floor. The skim board has lost its grit on its surface and it took 2 of my kids slipping and falling hard for me to realize what was going on and return the skin board to the garage and make it off limits. It could use a coat of sand/glue to make it functional again. The property was decorated attractively, with a few nicer pieces of Pottery Barn type pieces of furniture. A few cute/Florida flip flop style pieces, but not too much to be cheesy. Decor may not matter to some people, but, I feel more comfortable in a style similar to my own. But, not everything is quality... the carpet up to the master bedroom was stained and dingy. It needs to be replaced, in my opinion. But, this place is geared towards kid/families and allows pets, so, renters need to tolerate a certain amount of imperfections, in my opinion. Cabinets also were chipping and corners taped to keep them together. Cheap.
Not huge problems. We definitely want to go back!"
Guest: Theresa C.
Date of Stay: October 2015
Review Submitted: October 18, 2015