"Location location location! This is an awesome section of the Bay on which to stay!
Easy walking distance to the Bahia Bell boat cruise ($10 if you are not staying at that resort but check Groupon, too - we heard them mention that. You can stay on the boat as many back & forth trips from the Bahia to the Catamaran as you like once you are aboard. Adults only after 9:30, ends at the Bahia at 11:30. Really good DJ - very responsive to requests if you dance! Just show up at the dock on the half-hour, no pre-ticket purchase is necessary.)
Easy walk to Starbucks kitty-corner from the roller coaster, which was an excellent spot for people watching! Took the long way home to zig zag through the sweet little pocket neighborhoods. Love looking at the flowers and plants that grow outside there vs. as houseplants her in the Northwest.
Easy walk to the waves! Bring a shorty wetsuit (we were there mid-June) to enjoy the waves until you are tired instead of cold. Grab a boogie board from the house (several are snapped, though, so you may want to pick one up. We paid $26 for the hard-bottomed larger size ones at one of the little shops between the Bay and Ocean. Good choice! They do have a weight limit though as our +200lb buddy found out.)
For Bay fun get in touch with SUP California. Zeke was AWESOME. We called about paddleboards for that day on a whim. He delivered them almost to our door (about 150 ft down the beach at a pullout) within a half-hour, gave us a quick lesson, and turned us loose with instructions to text him when we wanted him to pick them up - not too late, he requested. Preferably before 10pm, lol! They were also less than half the price, for more time, than the rental company by the Bahia. You can find them on the web and on Facebook. Zeke was really responsive to a FB message.
Loved the laminate & tile floors - carpet is ridiculous at the beach, imho, but we spied a lot of houses that had it. smh
The elevator was great for my mom who's not as mobile as she used to be. Terrific views out of both units of the Bay, the sailboats, the marinas.... just a lot to watch from the lanai. A little less rambunctious than the Ocean side, too, from what we observed with both ears and eyes.
While this isn't a place we can afford to stay regularly it was a terrific choice for my mom's retirement trip with the friemily. Kelly, the owner, was super responsive via email and really easy to work with when we had questions."
Guest: Amanda H.
Date of Stay: June 2016
Review Submitted: July 7, 2016