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Recent Florida Central West reviews

  • perfect Condo

    "Condo was great, exactly as advertised. Well maintained, clean, and well stocked. There were plenty of dishes and cookware, beach towels were a nice bonus. Location was great too. Gail was very prompt on all communications and also on getting our refund after the trip. Do not hesitate to book this condo."
    Guest: Lori Date of Stay: March 2015 Review Submitted: March 20, 2015
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  • Great Location

    "This was a great location for a variety of vacation experiences: beach time, shopping, reading and relaxation and wonderful dining. Just across the street is the vibe of John's Pass and just behind is the quiet Intracoastal Waterway. We enjoyed the daily visits of birdlife - even the knocking on the back door if we were not up yet to greet them by the pool. This is an older but well-loved property. Everything we needed was in the cottage - the kitchen was well stocked with anything needed to cook and dine - we were very close to a Publix for food supplies - New TV, new refrigerator and a washer and dryer. We were college friends so one slept in the bedroom and the other on the futon in the living area. We shopped the Pass and power shopped the huge Mall in Ellenton - an easy drive. We also enjoyed the beach, which is a very easy and short walk from the cottage. Private parking was right at the door. This is a positive at the Pass. The on-sight manager, Bonnie, is wonderful. She was very helpful and we enjoyed getting to know her. She even got up at 4:30 am to tell us goodbye as we left for an early flight."
    Guest: Susan K Date of Stay: January 2015 Review Submitted: February 10, 2015
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  • Great place - stay here!

    "First Florida trip - the condo was exactly as described. We also enjoyed the books, music and movies that were available. The Wi-fi access was wonderful, too! Loved having the beach and pool so close. We enjoyed the area - not too busy but yet very close to all kinds of activities. Guppy's just up the road became out go-to spot - try the lobster bisque - to die for! The condo owners are excellent to work with!"
    Guest: Denise H. Date of Stay: January 2015 Review Submitted: February 4, 2015
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  • 2nd TIME STAYING AT THIS WONDERFUL CONDO

    "This was our second time staying in this unit. We have been coming to the Bayshore with our family for over 25 years and have stayed at various units. This is definitely one of the best. The pictures don't do it justice. Was very clean and had everything we needed to head to the beach each day. Love the pool, it is beautifully landscaped, and we enjoyed the fishing dock. Only had 1 day of rain in two weeks to make it perfect. The location is great, lots of good restaurants close by. Love Island Grill, Guppys and PJ's Oyster Bar. Thanks again Melinda we hope to be back again next year."
    Guest: Anne DiQ. Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 16, 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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