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Recent Florida Central West reviews

  • Dream vacation

    "This cottage was a vacation dream come true for my husband and me! Everything was perfect, with our every need and want anticipated by the owners. The living area is much larger than it appears in the photos, the bed was comfy, and the daybed was an ideal napping spot. The property is very quiet, day and night, and you feel like you're in a private oasis. The beach in October was fantastic; perfect temperature and light breezes were just right for a full day in the sand. The beach chairs were awesome, definitely a nice perch for bird watching and sunning. We can't wait for another trip to Dragonfly Cottage!"
    Guest: Cindy T. Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: November 1, 2014
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  • Best location on Sand Key

    "We absolutely loved staying in this condo. The condo is beautiful and fit our needs very nicely, especially having the two pull-out twin sofas in each bedroom. This worked so nicely for our two grandsons when they came to visit. The condo was very clean and had everything we needed for our stay. The views from every room were fabulous. Loved the pool being in the sun all day and so close to the beach. There are many fabulous resturants nearby either within walking distance or a short drive up or down the beach. Lee and Sharon, the owners of this property, are super nice to work with. They are very friendly, generous and accommodating to your needs. We loved staying here and cannot wait to return next year."
    Guest: Joyce Date of Stay: March 2015 Review Submitted: May 13, 2015
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  • Fabulous Condo - Perfect Location

    "We had a wonderful time in this condo on the beach. Beautiful view of the Gulf and never ending sound of the surf. Lovely screened in balcony to watch sunsets and dolphins. The condo is very comfortable and has everything you could possibly need during your stay. Great location. Can walk to grocery store, restaurants and even John's Pass if you are up for it. Owner and property manager very responsive. Loved it and highly recommend."
    Guest: Cubbie Date of Stay: May 2015 Review Submitted: May 25, 2015
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  • Incredible!!

    "Don't know where to start! From the start, the House Manager, Bob, was an incredible help. He made sure all accommodations were to our liking, he even called mid week to be sure all was well. From the second we drove up in the drive way, we knew we were "home". The photos were exactly as the house was, PERFECT. Beautiful appointed rooms, well stocked kitchen and beautiful outdoor living area. Being so close to the ocean was a blessing. The perfect vacation!!"
    Guest: Tracie F. Date of Stay: February 2015 Review Submitted: April 7, 2015
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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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