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want a low-rise or ground floor on the beach

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want a low-rise or ground floor on the beach

We are looking for somewhere to stay in March w/our daughter and her family (2 grandchildren) We DO NOT want to stay in a high rise, and we want to stay ON the beach. Some places say "beach view" and if you stand on your tip-toes and really look, you can see the beach. We want to be able to sit on our deck/patio and watch the dolphin swim. We want to be able to walk right on the sandy beach - not be a mile or two away. Would like to stay in Destin,Perdido Key, Gulf Shore area , but open to other suggestions in that area.

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1. Re: want a low-rise or ground floor on the beach

Many larger beachfront hotels have public spaces, not guest rooms, on the first floor. Similarly, many condominium complexes, especially the newer ones, have parking garages on the first floor. Smaller motels and older condos might have rooms on the first floor, with walk-out patios that allow direct access to the beach, but the dunes and vegetation along many beaches may prevent a clear view of the beach and ocean from that lower level. Furthermore, newer property zoning and beach access laws have mandated that crossing the dunes is only permissible at certain points where a path or boardwalk crossover is provided, protecting the wildlife and vegetation.

That said, there are still places that have a patio facing the beach with access from the first floor without a built-up dune or vegetation. Some of those are single-family homes for rent, and others are smaller hotels/condos in older, less dense, areas.

The only way to know for sure is to look for properties that are listed as being on the first floor, and then looking at a photo of the view to see if the particular unit is elevated enough and without obstruction to be able to see the water clearly.

In the Cocoa Beach area (on the Atlantic in Central Florida, well outside of your desired area), I know of some properties that meet those specifications, including a small complex next to our vacation condo, and the first-floor units at an older complex we used to own at. I would guess that other beach areas have a similar mix.

You might want to post in the specific forums for your desired destination, like Destin, and see if your TA friends have some individual places to suggest. You could also look at a website like vrbo.com that lists rental properties, as well as the TA hotel listings.

Edited: 11 October 2011, 09:54
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