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  • Winter vacation

    "My husband and I stayed here for 7 weeks. It is a lovely condo with all the necessary facilities needed for an enjoyable stay. The view was marvelous. It was near everything yet quite quiet. We would recommend it to our friends. Laren was pleasant and very helpful. We had a great and relaxing time"
    Guest: Jenny Date of Stay: January 2014 Review Submitted: March 13, 2014
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  • Tennessee girl

    "We had a great time at Mikes home. This home has everything you need for a relaxing vacation. The updates he did are fabulous. Best Florida vacation we have had in a long time. Loved the peace and quiet of a private home. Thanks Mike. We are already planning the next visit."
    Guest: Tennessee girl Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: June 11, 2014
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  • A BEAUTIFUL SPOTLESS CONDO ON THE BEACH

    "My husband and I just returned home from a fabulous two weeks vacation in Jewell and Bob's condo in Ocean Sands. The condo is very cheerful looking, brightly decorated, spotlessly clean, located in a well cared for building, and right on the beach, with a 30 ft. balcony. The mattresses and all the furniture are of very high quality and very comfortable. Ocean Sands is a great place with a beautiful swimming pool and tiki hut with bbq, is well maintained, and the people we encountered while coming and going were all very friendly. We felt like we were part of something special. We enjoyed the balcony so much and spent countless hours sitting there listening to the sound of the waves, watching the dolphins swim by and all the beach activity and relaxing. We also enjoyed eating out on the balcony many times. From my initial contact with Jewell back in January, any questions I had were promptly answered and in the friendliest manner...an amazing lady to deal with! We are looking forward to returning again soon. We highly recommend this condo to other guests. You'll be thrilled with your decision to rent from Jewell and Bob, just as we were."
    Guest: Barbie Date of Stay: April 2014 Review Submitted: April 22, 2014
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  • Summer fadeout in St Pete

    "This house is exactly the place to be if you want shortest distance to the beaches of Pass de Grille and St Pete. All facilitis are perfect in their condition for an unforgetteable vacation."
    Guest: jayloe Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: October 5, 2014
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Florida Central West Travel Tips

Central West Florida’s beaches in this region have an awesome advantage over those on the east side of the state: their Gulf waters are typically calmer and warmer than those on than the Atlantic Ocean side. Here are the top attractions and sights in Central West Florida:

Tampa

Tampa is an excellent place to vacation for both families and couples alike. Here are some of the top things to do and see:

- Tampa is the perfect spot for any animal lover. Head to the small but impressive Lowry Park Zoo, see lions, tigers and other cats at the Big Cat Rescue and check out the endangered gentle giants of the sea at the Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center, which is free of charge. There’s also the gorgeous Florida Aquarium on the edge of downtown Tampa, which houses more than 20,000 animals and plants. Make sure to set aside at least three hours here to see it all!

- For adventure, take a trip to Busch Gardens, which combines Seaworld and other animal exhibits with safari-themed rides. It’s the ultimate family theme park, and many people opt to spend more than one day here. Just across the street from Busch Gardens is Adventure Island, which boasts 30 splendid acres of water rides and pools. Another must-visit if you have the time is Dinosaur World, which is just a 25-minute drive east to Plant City. Here, these prehistoric beasts come to life in a large park and play area, where kids can also take part in a fossil dig.

- Tampa also prides itself on its excellent museums, including the Museum of Science and Industry, housed in an other-worldly building, and the Tampa Museum of Art, which has some great kid-friendly exhibits.

- Adults will love the Henry B. Plant Museum, which is housed in the 1891 Tampa Bay hotel and tells a wonderful story of the Victorian era, with gorgeous antiques in an ornate building. There’s also the antique Tampa Theatre for movies, Lettuce Lake State Park, the Tampa Bay History Center and The David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts.

- Of course, the beaches here are top notch, but don’t miss the lovely Fort De Soto Park’s beach, with an interesting war-time history.

St. Petersburg/Clearwater

St. Petersburg is just southwest of Tampa on the bayside, while Clearwater lies straight west. This area offers award-winning beaches, excellent museums and other perfect amenities for your Florida vacation. Here are some of the best things to do and see in the St. Petersburg and Clearwater areas:

- It’s a rare occasion when St. Petersburg isn’t sunny, so head to some of Florida’s most amazing beaches. St. Pete Beach has been called one of the best in the country. Spend the day on its frosty white beaches, keep an eye out for dolphins and grab lunch at Frenchy’s or The Hurricane restaurants.

- Check out the collection of 50,000 tropical plants on a whopping 4 acres at the lovely Sunken Gardens in the heart of St. Petersburg.

- Take a stroll on The Pier, where you can shop for souvenirs and take a catamaran tour. It’s especially beautiful at night.

- If you can handle a day or morning away from the beach, explore the 245 acres of pure nature at the Boyd Hill Nature Preserve.

- Appreciate the work of a creative genius at the Salvador Dali Museum, which boasts the largest collection of his work outside of Europe. You’ll recognize his tell-tale Surrealist style right away.

- See Winter, the famous dolphin who lost her entire tail in a crab trap when she was only three months old. She learned to adapt and is currently a big celebrity at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

- Hang out on beautiful Clearwater Beach and take a stroll or picnic in Philippe Park in

Clearwater.

Sarasota

Sarasota is about a 45-minute drive south of St. Petersburg. It’s a wonderful place for a Gulf Coast beach trip. Here are the top things to do:

- Siesta Key Beach is known as one of the best in the country. The sand is powdery and glistening and the water is often a deep, gorgeous emerald. It’s perfect for families, as it’s one of the few beaches in the area that doesn’t allow smoking. Also, the gulf waters are warm and calm, so kids can play freely here, and you might even see some frolicking dolphins, adding to Siesta Key Beach’s picture-perfect ambience. If you dare, go parasailing with Siesta Key Parasail & Jetski for a thrilling ride and unmatched views from above.

- Immerse yourself in nature at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, the Sarasota Jungle Gardens and the Mote Marine Laboratory.

- Appreciate the arts at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, housed in an ornate structure, and the palm-shrouded, Mission-style Sarasota Opera House.

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