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La Playa Resort input request

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La Playa Resort input request

Stayed at Casa Mar beachfront unit last year (Siesta Key) but can't rebook for Feb 2015 so I looked at La Playa on LBK for the month. Any input would be appreciated.

Likes: on the beach, 2 bedrooms, small complex, low-rise/low key

Iffy: only 1 1/2 baths, small pool, stairs that seem to break-up the first floor, can't tell if the parking is a mile from the unit, are there a lot of kids running around? (I'm looking for peace and quiet)



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1. Re: La Playa Resort input request

Hi Roger,

We've stayed stayed at a number of units in La Playa with our two boys, dating back to 2005. We love it because it's not a massive high-rise resort. It's small, intimate, laid-back, and easy access to everything.

In most units you step right out of your screened in porch and you're right on the beach (some of the 3BR gulf front units have no screened porch and stairs down from the 2nd floor to the beach).

Parking isn't far from units, but the lot is crushed coral so rolling suitcases don't do so well. Once you're inside the gate, though, it's fine. Not far at all. Speaking of inside the gate, there's a lime tree just on the right as you enter, which makes those afternoon cocktails that much better.

The pool is fine, too. Since the place is small, we've never felt hot tub-crowded when swimming. In the summer, the pool gets bathwater warm by mid-afternoon, but it's perfect on summer eves and in the winter.

But let's face it--we're really there for the Gulf. There's an army of chaise lounges and chairs available for the beach, a hammock that the kids love, and the sand has never been crowded at all when we've been there.

Likewise, the property mgmt is very chilled out and relaxed. They're there if needed, but pretty invisible otherwise.

We shop at the Publix about 2 mi south, play tennis on public (and free) courts maybe 1/4 south, and Mote and St Armand are maybe 10 minutes away.

Our only complaint with La Playa (and this can be an issue anywhere) is that the beds in some of the units are like sleeping on potato sacks. Some owners spend the money for decent mattresses; others don't. Other than that, we're returning to this summer, and can't wait.

Siesta Key is excellent, but way more populated than Longboat. And honestly, we'd put Longboat beaches up against Siesta's, no problem. However, at La Playa, you'll be driving to every store, restaurant, bar, etc, while many accommodations in Siesta allow you to leave the car and walk to where you're headed.

Hope this helps!



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