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“The Best Place On The Beach To Relax !”
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Beach Cottage , Just steps to Private beach Sun porch  amazing views
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Cottage is on the same beachfront property
Beach Cottage , Just steps to Private beach
Sun porch  amazing views
Rock under our Gazebo and take in the  views and sounds
View from the sand bar 100 yards out
living room with view of master bedroom
Walk straight to the beach from the private property.
sail boat in the distance
Dinning room
Real beachfront property...no need to cross the street to get to the beach.
Never a crowd on this beach...no public access near.
Our guests bring shells back from their stroll on the beach
beach rental shop within walking distance
Mant quite private sitting areas on this beachfront property
Birds eye view
Just a few steps to the beach !!
Gulf Front Beach House
View from this beachfront property as the sun sets
Great place for the Kiddos
Voted best beach USA Today
sleeping porch
2nd bedroom with eparate enterence
The entire bottom half is your private beachfront apartment
Views from your beachfront unit
Front Yard of our Beach House
Master bedroom  with red pine hardwood floors
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Indian Shores, Florida

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Reviewed 4 May 2012 for a stay in April 2012
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Management Response
2 Apr 2016
Greetings from the beach.....We look forward to seeing you revisit. It has been too long! Call us for some specials we are running for repeat guests. Thanks again !.
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Houston, Texas
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“This is Old Florida at it's best - Gulfside Beach House”
Reviewed 11 December 2011 for a stay in November 2011
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Welcome to Florida the way it used to be! This large beachfront home and carriage house has been converted to comfortable apartments overlooking one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. As always, location is key to this property. Located right on the beach with the beautiful Gulf of Mexico on the west side, the equally amazing intercoastal waterway is located across the street on the east side. No properties or parking lots on the east side makes this stretch of beach almost secluded compared to many others.

A short walk (a stone's throw actually) south puts you at The Pub restaurant with excellent food including breakfast buffet, indoor/outdoor seating with great views of their 50-slip marina and the Intercoastal waterway and even marine rentals if you are so inclined. If you're looking for more dining, shopping or drinking a car is unnecessary. A beach trolley runs up and down the coast with stops right next to the property.

But I digress! Back to Sun 'N Fun! We stayed in the first-floor one bedroom studio in the carriage house. A lovely view of the beach through the front windows and of the intercoastal through the kitchen window. We arrived a little early and were met by the cleaning staff who greeted us as if we were returning family even though this was our first visit. The unit was very clean with one of the most comfortable beds we have encountered in our travels. The kitchen is fairly well equipped with newer stove/oven, coffee maker, microwave and refrigerator and you need only bring consumable items like spices, condiments, aluminum foil, etc if you intend to do your own cooking. One awesome amenity was a nearly brand new huge gas grill onsite for guest use. Cooking shrimp & chicken kabobs shaded by palms with the sound of the waves and ocean breeze was delightful.

The beach is of course amazing. With no public parking nearby, beachcombers are mostly limited to guests of nearby properties. It's a long walk from public parking areas so this stretch of beach seems much less crowded than others we have stayed at. Sun 'N Fun has beach chairs and chaise lounges available for guest use and this made our beach days very pleasant. Stepping from your room and taking a few steps to this amazing beach and being able to grab a chair along the way is a beautiful and very convenient thing. The sunsets are incredible.

The first day was a little cool so we actually used the TV's a little. Cable service was great. The unit has a modern all-season HVAC system keeping us warm on the one cool day and cool after some very warm days on the beach. No cranky & noisy window units here!

By the way, I am disabled and can't do stairs well. The Manager Bruce Carter swapped around some reservations to get us into a ground floor unit for our stay. He obviously knows little things can mean a lot to people and they took very good care of us.

OK, now for the negatives. The whole experience was so excellent I hesitate to mention anything negative, and even these are nit-picky little things. WiFi coverage could be better in this unit (but we really came for the beach). Traffic passing right next to the carriage house can be a little noisy, but amazingly traffic fades quickly in the evening and it is very quiet at night. The sofa in this unit is a little older and seems to lean forward just enough to be uncomfortable (but as I say, I am disabled and my back is hard to please). It may not be a problem for others. Unfortunately pets are not allowed. If they allowed us to bring our two dogs, this would be the absolutely perfect place for us.

I almost didn't write this review because we have been searching for a weekend and vacation getaway and was tempted to keep this treasure secret! :-) But I tell you, if you stay here, you will be back. It is wonderful.

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Liked best: Stepping out of my room practically onto the beach
Liked least: Traffic noise in Carriage House
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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