For true beachfront living, it’s tough to beat Seahorse Cottage 1. The 1-bedroom bungalow sits right on a dune amid lush tropical flora. Walk down the 3 steps outside your front door and you’re on the sand! Walk just a few more feet, and there’s the sparkling Gulf of Mexico.
Seahorse Cottage 1 is on Treasure Island Beach. Known for its sugary sands, the beach boasts a children’s play area, volleyball nets, and a paved walkway. Despite these attributes it tends to be uncrowded. If you’re looking to swim, paddleboard, canoe, kayak, gather seashells, fish, watch dolphins play in the waves, and bask in the sunshine without battling crowds, this is the place to be.
So that you can make the most of the extraordinary gulf-front location, Seahorse Cottage 1 shares an outdoor common area with a handful of sister cottages. Bring your morning coffee, stretch out on a chaise, and watch seagulls swoop into the gulf for their breakfast. Sit at a picnic table in the shade of the covered shelter as a respite from the midday sun. If you reel in some fish, either while surf-fishing or on a charter boat, cook it alfresco on one of the grills. And in the evening, after watching the sunset bathe the gulf in fiery shades of red and orange, sit around the fire pit and roast marshmallows as the salt-laced breeze rustles the grasses and palm fronds. This is what bliss looks like.
The cottage is charmingly rustic, with wood-planked walls and ceilings. Despite its quaint appearance, it includes free WiFi, a flat-screen TV with cable, and a kitchen equipped with a full array of appliances, from refrigerator/freezer to microwave to coffeemaker. When you’re not enjoying your meals outdoors, you can do so inside, at the cottage’s dining table. Another option is to head to the many nearby restaurants; eateries specializing in everything from fish tagine to burgers to fajitas are within walking distance.
The cozy bedroom features a queen-size bed. If friends want to spend the night—and given how close to the gulf Seahorse Cottage 1 is, they just might!—they can make themselves comfortable on the couch, which opens into a bed for 2. We’ll provide all the bedding you’ll need and plenty of towels for the bathroom, plus when you arrive you’ll find the bed beautifully made up. All that will be left for you to do is enjoy the beach!
If it’s sand, surf, and sun you want, you’ll find it all right here. Should you want a change of pace, however, there’s plenty more to see and do nearby. About 2 miles away is John’s Pass Village, a turn-of-the-century fishing village that is now a buzzy home to restaurants, bars, shops, the Alligator Attraction, and docks where you can board fishing and nature cruises. Because Seahorse Cottage 1 is only a few blocks from the causeway that connects the island to the mainland, you can drive to the many attractions of St. Petersburg—the Dalí Museum, the Chihuly Collection, the Sunken Gardens, Tropicana Field—in less than a half-hour and to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in only 40 minutes. Even the Orlando theme parks are just a day trip away.
Though once you surround yourself with the serenity, beauty, and sheer joy of life on the beach, you may never want to leave. Experience its inimitable pleasures for yourself; book your stay at Seahorse Cottage 1 today.