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Recent Florida Central West reviews

  • Beach therapy

    "My wife and I recently spent five nights at the Gulf Strand, Unit #506. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay! The condo was clean, comfortable, well-furnished, and spacious, with beach vistas and easy beach accessibility. The on-site representatives (Betty & Martin) of the company that manages the property, were friendly, courteous, and helpful. Were we to consider returning to St. Pete Beach, we would definitely want to stay in this condo."
    Guest: Sandpiper Date of Stay: November 2014 Review Submitted: December 5, 2014
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  • Regatta Trip

    "We arrived from three different directions, by car and plane. The house was ready when we arrived, after a long day for each of us. It was clean, and comfortable, and it looked as the photos had promised. The neighborhood was quiet, as we needed our rest after long days of sailing in St. Pete. The owner was very accommodating to our needs for arrival and departure, as we needed to tidy up a bit more a little later in our departure day. Fortunately, the time was available as we left at an odd day of the week, and nobody was right behind us. This helped us leave the place in good order, and still complete our regatta on the last day. I would recommend this to someone coming to the area. Most of our activities were in St. Pete near the Yacht Club, so we didn't spend a lot of time at the house. It was great for our needs"
    Guest: Tom R. Date of Stay: April 2014 Review Submitted: April 24, 2014
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  • Beautiful! We would stay again!

    "This condo was one of the best we have found. It is very clean, tastefully decorated and plenty big for us and our four children. The den is much larger than the pictures make it look, it was basically my son's room all week! Even though there were no pictures of the bathrooms, they are just as updated and nice as the rest of the condo. The view's were great, and Indian Shores is much more peaceful than Madeira beach, which is just a short drive down the road for those that love the fun! The building itself was well taken care of. It was a plus to see someone cleaning the pool and chairs daily and keeping the grounds nice. An added bonus was that there is a security guard on site at all times. All in all, this is a great condo. Thank you so much to the owners who were very nice and helpful. We would definitely stay here again, in fact, we're already looking at next years dates!"
    Guest: Jason S. Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: June 27, 2014
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  • Beach enthusiast from Pawling

    "This was our second stay at this Sandpearl condo and again our expectations were fulfilled. The apartment is beautifully appointed with large spacious rooms, premier kitchen facilities and capacity to sleep eight. Tranquility with the allure of luxury and comfort is the theme and the beautiful sunsets are to die for. The surrounding area is full of small restaurants shops, salons cafe's so there is always something to do and see. For those with a car, the surrounding area and cities are a shoppers delight. I appreciated the peace and tranquility and sheer beauty of the white beaches, lulling surf and again those breathtaking sunsets. You won't be disappointed!"
    Guest: Beach enthusiast Date of Stay: December 2014 Review Submitted: December 15, 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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