We happened on Manasota Key a couple of weeks ago, and instantly fell in love. Our 2 favorite beaches were Blind Pass & Stump Pass (I think that's the name). We were staying on Venice Beach for a week, and found the beaches while taking the scenic route (yes - we were lost) to Sanibel Island. We never made it any farther than Manasota Key that day, or the next. We spent 2 full days finding shells, sharks teeth, and even a few sand dollars. The beaches were the best!!! We've decided to go there next spring instead of returning to Sanibel or Venice. We'll have our daughter, son-in-law and their 2 yr. old with us that trip, so will be looking for a place within 15-20 minutes of those beaches. A pool would be a nice bonus. We definitely don't need anything fancy (we tent camp in the NY Adirondacks every summer), and are looking to spend as little as possible on the room, so that we can spend more on dinners, boat trips, etc. Our only requirement is a clean bed and shower. We don't cook in much while vacationing, but a microwave and fridge are always nice. We've been able to find extremely cheap lodging in May on Venice and Sanibel, and are wondering if anything is available in the Manasota Key area in the $500/week range. A place with a double bed and double sofa-bed will work fine, as we use a porta-crib for the baby. I'm sure this sounds ridiculous to many, but we spend the majority of our time outside, and only are in our room to sleep. By keeping the costs down, we are able to do several vacations each year. We're heading to Maine in June, camping in Aug., and Louisville, KY in Sept. Any suggestions would be appreciated. By the way, was it a fluke that we found shells, sharks teeth and sand dollars while there, or are they usually found on those beaches? We couldn't believe all of the goodies :-) and the beaches were beautiful and uncrowded. We even saw a turtle and a large lizard??? near the bath house.