Our family just returned from a week's stay at Seawinds, in the southwest corner unit on the 16th floor (really 15th, as there's no 13th). Everything about our stay was fabulous -- the beautiful condo, the incredible view of the ocean and southern tip of the island, the sounds of surf and birds from the balcony, the helpful manager (Pam, who helped us print our boarding passes), the jacuzzi, the Sunset Grille next door with our terrific waiter Mike, the Caxambas park dock around the southern tip of the island where you can stand next to pelicans and watch for manatees and dolphins.... From young to old, everyone in our group had a blast.
The corner unit was spacious, with plenty of room for 4 adults. The other units had wider balconies but weren't as deep. I loved having a complete kitchen and bedrooms you could actually move around in. My friends attending the same conference who stayed at the hotels (Marriott or Hilton) paid more and got less (a room facing the parking lot!) and they also had to pay extra for parking and internet. Sure, they have restaurants and shops, but they're all open to the public.
I met a few of the Sea Winds residents during our week and they were all friendly, asked us where we were from, etc. Maybe it's different in the "high season" but people couldn't have been nicer while we were there. As for the gates, I noticed that most (if not all) of the beach condos have gates that lock access from the beach, so it must be just the way things are. If you want a condo, you're going to have to deal with keys. But you have to keep track of a hotel key, too. It wasn't a problem for us.
I also had considered renting at South Seas (on the north end) because it was in the same price range as Sea Winds, but the other reviewers were right about that lagoon and the LONG walk to the water. SS looks like a beautiful place, but it's situated on a curve at the beach where the sand extends probably half a mile to the water. Standing by the edge of the property, I could not even hear the ocean. And the trek to the water would be tiring if you're carrying children, beach chairs, etc. My husband, who doesn't particularly like the sun or heat, loved the Sea Winds balcony because he could see and hear all the beach sounds, plus do some quality bird and dolphin watching. I also liked that all Sea Winds units directly face the ocean -- none of that curving and angling of the larger buildings so all rooms get a corner view of the ocean if you stand in just the right spot.
My thanks to everyone who shared their experiences at Marco. I had never been before and was incredibly nervous about renting a condo from an individual owner (off VRBO). So glad I chose Sea Winds -- it really was the best vacation ever and I'm old enough to say that with the voice of some experience.
- Also Known As:
- Sea Winds Of Marco Hotel Marco Island
- Sea Winds Of Marco Marco Island, Florida