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  • OUTSTANDING AND HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

    "This was the first time we rented through VRBO. We spent two short weeks and were extremely surprised at how much Rike' had to offer at her place! The place was exactly as advertised and very clean. At short walk to the beautiful park, pier & Gulf and the Pinellas Trail was just two streets over. The neighborhood was very quiet even during the big Independence Day weekend. The neighbors were very friendly and helpful as we are looking into moving down there. Rike' was VERY helpful and it was a pleasure to meet and talk with her. I plan to come down again but not soon enough. When we do, we will rent from her again!!!"
    Guest: Bob Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: July 15, 2014
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  • Boaters dream

    "This was my second year staying at hushpuppy lane. I can't wait to come back next year. The house is centrally located and there is something for everyone to do. I personally spend most of my time on the gulf logging some bottom time or bending a rod. No complaints at all about modern accommodations. Plenty of room at the dock for my 23' boat. I would not hesitate to recommend this property to a friend or family member."
    Guest: Mike J. Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: July 20, 2014
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  • Perfect Getaway Retreat!!

    "We traveled to this condo on 4 different occasions. We LOVE!!!! the location. The ocean is right across the street on the front, and the BEAUTIFUL Bay is off the back. Even when I return home, and I often soak in a hot bath, I find myself daydreaming of being in the hot tub located in the pool area, on a clear day or night, and staring out into all that the bay has to offer. We have even spotted dolphins, manatee and stingrays in the bay. Fishing off the properties dock is just awesome. We caught flounder, shark, puffer fish, catfish - just to name a few. The condo offers everything that you need. So comfortable and spacious, and just works perfectly. Doesn't matter what room you stay in, you will be good to go, and it offers all amenities that you will need. Publix grocery store is right next door, which is a bonus that you will get from no other place. There is so much to do in the area, you won't have to go far for most everything. In my opinion it's the best spot on the Island. The owners are very nice too and I do enjoy everytime that we go down. We will be going again soon. WE CAN"T GET ENOUGH !!!!!!!! Lol."
    Guest: Christina Date of Stay: June 2013 Review Submitted: August 9, 2013
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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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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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