Gulfside Resorts Review
While it's true "There's no place like home." Sometimes there are places better than home. Too many years ago to admit, I saw a commercial for a brochure on the mid-western side of Florida. I called the 1-800 number and discovered pages and pages of high rises but one 1/8 of a page ad featuring a peach little building caught my eye. I called, booked our first trip and we've been back four times since.
There is a tiny stretch of beach just south of Tampa called Indian Rocks Beach. For us the drive is long but so totally worth it. Tampa is just about a 40 minute drive from it and home to Busch Gardens, LegoLand, a zoo and an aquarium among other things. Orlando is about an hour and twenty minutes east and you can easily take a day trip to Disney or Universal. Indian Rocks Beach its self is home to tons of restaurants, little cafes, bars and several are within walking distances. John's Pass is a cool pier with tons of little shops and restaurants, boat tours, fishing charters, you name it, about a 30 minute ride down Gulf Bvld.
While there are countless accommodations to choose from, there are few if any as adorable as this. They own several properties and the charm in them is their size. We stayed the first two times at 810 Gulfside and I think there are 4-5 units there. The last two stays were at Sarah's Seaside. I want to say there are 7 units available at that property. If the others are like these two, I can assure you there is not a bad one in the bunch. I photographed the outside of Sarah's Seaside to share, but with 75% of our belongings in the room, I thought it best to point you to their website for interior photos. Mine wouldn't do it justice.
|The pool and the view from our porch balcony which also includes a view of the beach just off to the right of this shot.|
|The sunset view from our porch balcony.|
This is a shot of the small beach cottages that make up Sarah's Seaside. I am standing on the edge of the dunes. Up the sand paths are beach toys, boogie boards and a kayak with various size life jackets for our use. Behind me is the beach, with reserved beach chairs (pads and umbrellas are in a shed for us but we didn't bother with them). There were also four adult beach bikes on the property for our pleasure but given my recent experience with spinning, I passed this trip.
|The little seating area and grill outside our unit.|
|Homework time. I think Ella is the only one excited about it.|
|A quarter buys a cup of turtle food.|
The second park had nature trails, lush tropical gardens, fountains and a heritage village filled with homes, stores and buildings from the early Florida citizens of 1900's. I would have loved to have stayed longer but I was out voted.T
As per my normal disclaimer, this post was not solicited nor was I compensated in any fashion. This is merely my humble opinion.