"THE GROUNDS: Grounds of Waterside at Coquina are immaculate and well manicured. Lots of mature trees and plants. Very nice walking trails, and lots of sea life (dolphins, manatees, sharks, lots of great fishing). There is a super equipped gym on site, two pools, tennis courts, enclosed driving range, shuffleboard, basketball courts, and volleyball court. There is a guard on the gate to let you in, and after that it is card activated. Super secure. There is a yacht club on site as well with bar/lounge area and small library. They offer great specials; Monday 2 pulled pork sandwiches for $2.00, Tuesday with tacos 3 for $2.00 and $2.00 margaritas, plus the mid month birthday party with amazing live music. You hardly have to leave the community. There is ample shopping close by (15 mins or so).
THE CONDO: Very well decorated and very clean. Very spacious. Private deck from the living room right on the sea wall....watch the dolphins swim by, watch people fish right from the seawall, while watching cruise ships sail by. One living room wall is mostly glass so you can enjoy amazing sunrises or a full moon on the bay. Unit is newly renovated, master bedroom is upstairs and is huge, with a computer/printer for you to use. Also has a private deck overlooking Tampa bay. There is a patio table and chairs there, as well as a lounger and BBQ. Carol and Vic had a 5 month tenant before us, but still managed to clean the place really well and check us in early! Floors are slate tile or laminate which is a big bonus. There was lots of STUFF left for us to use; coffee, teabags, flour, BBQ sauce, cooking oil, cereals, and on and on. Lots of dishes as well.
THE OWNERS: Carol and Vic were amazing to work with. On day 2 noticed we did not have a frying pan, dropped Carol an email and had a brand new one delivered the next day. She has a one bed unit there as well, so we came to visit them while there, and she had a nice glass of wine waiting for us (we drank the whole bottle). They are both very accommodating and very easy to work with.
CHALLENGES: The unit does not have a landline phone, so had to call and add long distance to my cell phone (from Canada). Be careful when booking your flights. Most VACATION rentals I have rented go from Nov 01 to Dec 01 so we booked our flights that way. Carol rents like a long term rental, Nov 1-30 we had to move out on the last night and book a hotel.
OVERALL: Would highly recommend. You do need a car."
Guest: Mike & Judy
Date of Stay: November 2014
Review Submitted: December 16, 2014