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Recent Florida Central West reviews

  • Awesome Place to Stay, Fully Equipped, Right on the Beach

    "Our family stayed at your top floor location in September 2013 and throughly enjoyed the accomodations. It was more than what we expected. The unit was fully furnished and the kitchen was well stocked. The view was amazing! It even had laundry facilities right in the unit. Great location, across from John's Pass and we saw dolphins out on the ocean from our unit. We would definitely stay at this location and this unit the next time we go to Florida! Thanks for a wonderful time! Fellow Canadians"
    Guest: Canadian Eh Date of Stay: September 2013 Review Submitted: September 30, 2013
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  • Perfect Getaway

    "This home is fantastic - sweet community, comfortable interior, and amazing outdoor space (where we spent the majority of our time). We had so much fun staying here. The home is a short walk from the beach, less than one block, and it is very easy access. The neighborhood surrounding the home was safe with very friendly neighbors and good walkability. We walked to restaurants and shops nearby every day. The interior of the home is nicely appointed with comfortable furniture and beachy decor. It really feels like a home that you can curl up in at the end of the day and enjoy a television show on the couch or a glass of wine on the patio. The kitchen is fully equipped, and we did not find it lacking for anything. The best feature of the property is the outdoor area(s). There is a nice sitting area at the front of the home, and a great functional patio and yard area in the back of the home. There is also an outdoor shower which is perfect for rinsing off all of that sand at the end of a beach day. Overall, this is one of the best properties we have rented through VRBO. The owners take great care of the renters to make all transactions easy, and the fact that they allow dogs is so hard to find. We really enjoyed having our dog on vacation with us and watching her swim in the ocean for the first time! A great trip, and I cannot wait to return."
    Guest: Erin Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: August 8, 2014
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  • Perfect

    "This home was perfect for our family vacation. We had more than enough space for the kids to play. It was clean and well stocked with household needs. Everyone loved the pool area and the sitting area around it. Ready to book for next year!!!"
    Guest: Kara H. Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: June 29, 2014
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  • Escaping PA winter

    "My husband and I (and our dogs) spent the week of Christmas 2013 at this rental property. The house is absolutely beautiful--the perfect place to compliment the natural beauty of Crystal River. I particularly enjoyed the jetted tub in the master bedroom! We hope to rent this home again, possibly with another couple. The house offers privacy for two couples as each of the two bedrooms (on different floors) has its own bath. The tiled floors are wonderful for bringing your pets along. From the laundry room, to the well-equipped kitchen, to the grill out on the deck, this home offers the traveler anything that he might need for a comfortable stay. The use of kayaks and bicycles is also a bonus, and the owners are very helpful and accommodating. I would recommend this rental property to anyone who asked about a place to stay in Crystal River!"
    Guest: Debbie1124 Date of Stay: December 2013 Review Submitted: January 1, 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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