"The short version: Right on the beach. Unobstructed views of spectacular sunsets. North and South views of the Gulf (ocean) and beach. Great location with stores, food, and activities within a mile. Beautifully decorated, well equipped, and clean, but could use some TLC. Big rooms with comfortable beds. Cool air conditioning. Secure. Perfect for families.
The longer version: We would rent again but, while I thought the place was near perfect, my wife thought it just needed a solid spring cleaning or a house keeper who was a bit more thorough. (She is very particular about such things.) Mainly because of various floor rugs and the master bedroom only had a sheet and a bedspread, no blanket. There were also 7 or so light bulbs that were burnt out, so we replaced a few of them ourselves. The wine bottle opener was broke, but I managed to get it open. As mentioned by another reviewer, the washer has to be minded or it keeps repeating the cycle over and over, and it sounds like a jet. So, really, this is what we mean by needing a bit of TLC. Again, none of that would stop us from renting this place again but you should know.
The parking was off street, covered (nice when super hot and the sun is beating down), but a bit tight for a minivan as it this unit's spot was right beside a wall. We also saw no parking pass to display, but no one said anything. The place felt very secure, with a pass-code required to call the elevator. I particularly like the ease of self managed check in and check out. I didn't like that I basically had to download the Home Away app before I saw all the correct information, as I think some emails were getting blocked.
Yes, we saw dolphins. We also saw crabs down the beach, birds, and some jellyfish swimming in the ocean. Well, it's the ocean you know. The bottom of the ocean is one of the most beautiful sand bottoms, but I manged to find the one shell sticking up, so just be mindful of where you step. The beach sand was very nice and clean. And there are cabana chairs to rent for $5 just 50 yards to the North.
The unit has a massive wrap around balcony, with furniture, and only one small flaw. We had hoped to sleep with the master's sliders open to listen to the ocean, but there was to much street noise. That was a minor disappointment. We didn't hear it with the doors closed and it was probably too hot to do during our stay anyway. We enjoyed our stay."
Guest: Kevin M.
Date of Stay: August 2015
Review Submitted: September 9, 2015