This is the first domestic summer vacation I’ve had in about three years. I told my wife to find someplace with Caribbean beaches. We drove over ten hours from Texas to Kiva Dunes, house name “sand castle”. We had three families which included a total of 6 adults and four children (ages 2, 3, 4, and 6). The house was located adjacent to the boardwalk to the beach. The house was three stories tall and had an elevator installed. Garage, full bath, and a play area/children’s sleep room were located on the first floor. The second floor had a washer and dryer, and had 3 bedrooms, each with its own full bathroom and deck area. The third floor consisted of a living room, kitchen, and TV area, as well as a deck on both sides of the house. We had no problems with anything being dirty. We did have some really big looking ants that would try to make their way into the house anytime it rained. Rain storms where usually pretty quick, and we had several at night that were beautiful to watch. We had no issues with mosquitos, although by the end of the trip the children did have one or two little bites. The beach was awesome and not crowded at all. I often went on walks at 7 am and there was literally no one on the beach. We saw maybe two jelly fish the whole week, but did see lots of little fish, and one sting ray swimming in the ocean. The water was about as perfect as you could expect; perfect temperature, clear, no trash. There are a couple pools also located for our use and after a long day at the beach it was fun to float around and relax there before going home. I saw many people using the golf carts to get around but we never did. Overall the whole family had a great trip , and bonded a lot.
Tips for your trip:
1. Consolidate your grocery trips with your activities. It’s a 15-20 minute drive into town and the only place close by to by with any type of food or “libation” is a couple miles away and is really overpriced. Buy your groceries before you check in so you don’t have to leave right away and waste an hour or so getting food. Buy several days of food at once so you aren’t making trips all the time.
2. Be careful about Mobile. When we left it took us three hours to drive through it. Perhaps look at the ferry that goes from Fort Morgan to Dauphin Island to save some time, if you’re going west.
3. This is a vacation location for those who really like to hang out: either on the beach, pool, or just at the house. If you want to be around lots of people, or be social, this isn’t your kind of place.
4. Bring card games etc. Relax and enjoy!