"My wife and I spent two wonderful months at Joe's fabulous condo. As others have noted, not even the vibrant photos on the listing do the view justice. From dolphins and osprey to manatees and pelicans, the Gulf's many natural wonders are right outside the balcony. The panorama is completely unobstructed and watching the sea change from turquoise blue to churning brown and green (and then back again) is just magnificent. Sunsets are unparalleled and we spent many a night grabbing a beach chair and bidding adieu to the day on the beach (though the views are just as great from the balcony).
For travelers who have not been to this part of Florida, "Clearwater" is a bit of a catch-all term and it's easy to go from residential to very touristy in a hurry. Fortunately, Joe's place is on lovely Sand Key, the prettiest and quietest stretch of beach along the whole coast. For what it's worth, we decided to make Sand Key our home for the foreseeable future. If you want nightlife and people-watching at bustling beaches, you can find that scene just north over the causeway (within walking distance on a cooler day). But if you're like us and prefer peace and serenity for your escape, Joe's is absolutely the place to be.
The condo itself is immaculately furnished and very well equipped. The kitchen, in particular, has obviously received special attention and been the recipient of extensive updating. All of the furniture is in excellent condition and the master bed is very comfy. It has everything you could want. The internet connection is both stable and fast, and the entertainment unit is first-rate. The extra board games and DVD were also a welcome surprise.
Lastly, dealing with Joe is a delight. He's a very honest, highly communicative fellow and makes everything a breeze. Though he doesn't live locally, his longtime housekeeper is a great resource and offers a full orientation upon arrival. She's very friendly and it was great to know there was someone nearby to call if anything went wrong (though nothing evert did).
Thanks, Joe, for a wonderful stay! We hope to meet you in person during your next visit. :)"
Guest: Bryan B.
Date of Stay: November 2016
Review Submitted: January 1, 2017