"Rented two condos off VRBO for first time this year in Marco. Absolutely fantastic time. Just generally to Marco Island, we thought the island was heaven. Definitely would recommend the Gulf Coast to anyone thinking of Florida (warmer water, calmer) and Marco Island is really the best in my mind. Some may dispute because the sand is shelly, but we have small kids, so that was one of the nicest parts for shelling and exploring.
Specific to South Seas and Craig's condo: South Seas is on the more laid back, permanent resident side of the beach. The other side is high end hotels and more of a party atmosphere. South Seas is especially appealing for seniors and parents with small children, though I would go there without kids any time. You'll probably see from other reviews that the beach is a hike from the condos, but we really didn't find it a big deal at all, and Craig provides a beach cart if you're really hauling stuff. We have a six year old and two year old and had no problems. Also keeping in mind that a hotel room on the other side can go for double and triple the amount per night, a walk to the beach was an easy trade off. Lots of restaurants and grocery stores available by easy, short drive. For those used to living in a big city, you'll be mostly using a car to get to these amenities, but that's true basically anywhere in southwest Florida.
We stayed in two different condos in South Seas, and this condo was clearly superior. Nicely done and thought given to the amenities. Lots of chairs, toys, beach cart. The spare bedroom had two double beds, where lots of condos just have singles. The advantage is you could bring more adults with the kids, and we plan on bringing friends or grandma next time. Carpeted bedrooms was really nice for the kids so they could sit on the floor and play, as lots of these condos have tile floors throughout.
Definitely will be renting with Craig again. We stayed in May, which was an awesome time to stay. Perfect days, low season, hardly anyone around, and a great big pool lots of times to ourselves. Both our kids were started with floaties, and were swimming without after our time here. May is a perfect time to go with small children."
Guest: Christopher S.
Date of Stay: May 2016
Review Submitted: June 17, 2016