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Recent Florida Central West reviews

  • Perfect

    "This was the third condo that we've stayed at in this area and was the best. The condo was perfect for myself, my wife and her parents. Great view sitting on the patio and we loved the convenience of being a few steps from the pool. If we had the tiniest criticism it would be to request more kitchen tools, e.g. A whisk 😊 I hope we can come back in the not too distant future."
    Guest: Richard S. Date of Stay: April 2015 Review Submitted: May 13, 2015
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  • Great spot

    "The view from the balcony of this condo is one of the things that attracted us here, and we were not disappointed - what a beautiful spot! This turned out to be one of our most relaxing vacations ever. The pool and hot tub are just steps away, and they were the perfect temperature no matter what the weather. And it’s a great location for exploring the area. Fort Desoto Park, Passe-a-Grille, Gulfport and downtown St Petersburg are all very close and easy to get to, and Sarasota is an easy trip as well. The condo is bright, comfortable and had everything we could have asked for."
    Guest: Lee W. Date of Stay: January 2015 Review Submitted: February 2, 2015
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  • Wonderful Vacation Spot !!

    "We were very happy with this rental. What a view!!! Nothing better than waking up and walking out on the patio to see and hear the beach!! Loved it so much. This townhome was perfect for us. Our daughter and grandson came too and we had plenty of room and being so close to the beach was perfect. The pool was great too, even though it's only 3 feet deep, was good enough to cool off in and have a little fun! Great location too, close enough for a short drive to Clearwater or John's Pass, etc. The owner was available at a phone call's notice to answer any questions too. Would recommend to everyone who loves the beach. WE LOVED IT !!!!!"
    Guest: Chris L. Date of Stay: March 2015 Review Submitted: April 14, 2015
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  • Comfortable and relaxing....what a view!

    "This is was our first year at Gulf Retreat II but not our last...coming back next year. Everything is just as described on the website. Excellent views of the Intercoastal and all you need to bring is your suitcase! Cross the street and the Gulf is there to enjoy. Darryl is available for any questions or needs...we had a surprise visit from our daughter and grandson and Darryl brought us a port-a-crib. Condo is clean and stocked with anything you might need including a beach wagon, umbrella & beach chairs. Just loved sitting on the balcony and enjoying the dolphin, jumping fish, boats and beautiful nature on the Intercoastal. Fishing from the pier was a plus too! Location is excellent with lots of restaurants and things to do close by. There are no negatives for this beautiful retreat!"
    Guest: Cathy B. Date of Stay: February 2015 Review Submitted: February 28, 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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