"This was the best family vacation ever! So much of that had to do with the cottage, the amenities provided by the cottage community, the location, and the super friendly neighbors we had. Upon arrival, Angela allowed us to check-in a bit early because we needed to use the restroom - thank you! The cottage was clean, bright, welcoming, and absolutely perfect; there was even a little note on the chalkboard welcoming us! The bathroom was stocked with beach towels, bath towels, hand soap, and TP; and the kitchen had dish towels, dish soap, and paper towels. There was even a cooler for us to use in the cabinet! A couple bonuses were that this cottage is attached to a covered area with tables and chairs, so it felt like it was our extended living space AND the entire area is enclosed with a fence, so we were able to let our boys roam around to look for lizards without worrying about them wandering away.
The beach was just a short walk from the cottage, which was perfect because our kids needed us to go back and forth to get noodles, floats, beach toys... Speaking of, the laundry room had a variety of items for us to use - umbrellas, boogie boards, noodles, kiddie floats and beach toys, not to mention FREE laundry machines (remember to bring a couple detergent pods). The chairs prob need to be replaced, but we didn't end up using them anyway because it was too nice to be out of the water. And about the water... Even during the "roughest" tides, it was soothing and relaxing to bob in the water with a noodle or float. At most times, however, the water was super calm and you could see the fish swimming in schools; a manatee even swam by just 3 feet from us! In the mornings, we watched dolphins playing close to shore and the ocean birds swooping in to catch fish.
On days we were seeking a change of scenery, we visited Siesta Key, Turtle Beach, and Venice Beach - all within a 1.5 hour drive. Siesta Key had powdery white sand with clear warm lapping water, and Turtle and Venice Beaches had darker heavier sand with water that was a little cooler and SUPER clear. Shelling-wise, Turtle and Venice Beaches were the best, yielding the prettiest conical and scallop shells. And if you are beached out and have little kids, there's the Glazer Children's Museum in Tampa that is really affordable (50% off if you have a membership to a partner museum).
And oh! There's a place on 107th St that sells Chicago hot dogs - yum!
We hope you enjoy! :)"
Guest: Janice G.
Date of Stay: June 2016
Review Submitted: July 5, 2016