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“What Florida used to be”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Gulf Surf Motel

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Gulf Surf Motel
Ranked #8 of 12 Hotels in Nokomis
Tampa
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“What Florida used to be”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2012

Wonderful old Florida motel right on the beach. Time is occupied by watching nature (tons of different birds, dolphins dancing, bait fish jumping & rays going by) or collecting shells & sharks teeth while guessing hatch dates on all the staked out turtle nests. QUIET place that seems very non commercial & more couple / adult oriented.

Brought our bicycles & enjoyed the trip from one end to the other of Casey Key - multimillion (billion?) dollar mansions. Pick up the fixings for frozen drinks & kick back with a good book for a great day. Other renters brought fishing poles to pass the time and grills are available.

Staff is very friendly & truly wants you to have a great visit. Renovations have been ongoing & the finished units look great (not ours on this trip but that was OK). Most of the other guests have been coming there for years....we now know why & will (hopefully) be back again.

Room Tip: Room 1 & 7 have porches directly on the gulf, 6 has a porch that can look out to the gulf &...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2011

Stayed at this hidden gem with my sister and brother-in -law. Tucked away among homes of the rich and famous, the old Florida style motel is a hold out to simplier times. The rooms are small and "old style" but well maintained and sufficient. The screened in porches are a nice touch. The true treasure of this motel is the location - you are right on a pristine and unspoiled stretch of beach.....l literally steps away. There are several "locals" that come to visit - a blue heron and several white egrets. The beach is a shell collectors paradise. The motel is in a wonderful location for local restaurants, Venice, and Sarasota. If you want a place to simply kick back and chill out - this is the spot for you. The management of the motel treats you more like family than guests, and its nice to see that still exists!

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Louisville, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2009

Our family has been going to Gulf Surf for years. It is a very small Mom and Pop motel with no frills. But it sits directly on million dollar beach front property. The location is out of this world! The beach has lots of shells, sharks teeth and so much wildlife that it is a protected Key. We had turtles nesting when we were there. We saw manatees mere feet from us and one bumped into my son! Every day we were in the water we saw dolphins and had egrets, ibis and all sorts of birds inches away from us. If you stay at Gulf Surf there is an egret that comes to the door looking for handouts. It is a quite, private place with the most beautiful beach. Perfect for families.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2008

Tranquil, that's exactly what it was, from the moment we arrived until we left. A weekend in a beach house on Casey Key island Nokomis. We found this place while searching for a hotel in Sarasoto.we rented for the weekend apartment number 5 , which is fully equipped, located at the back of the office with a deck containing table and chairs, sun loungers and our own Barbeque,we had more privacy than the others.Some of the apartments are beach facing.
You can either buy food from the large supermarket or eat out at the many restaurants (only a few minutes drive). There is one restaurant on the Island, we ate dinner there on the first night, although the food was good but a little expensive to be served with plastic plates and cups.
This place is not for young people wanting to party all night, it is for people who want to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet.Situated on a residential street. Apart from a beach there is nothing else.Sarasota town centre is twenty minutes drive, it has a beautiful marina park. You can take a cruise around the Gulf of Mexico.

  • Liked — being on the beach
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Gulf Surf Motel

Property: Gulf Surf Motel
Address: 3905 Casey Key Rd, Nokomis, FL 34275-3332
Region: United States > Florida > Nokomis
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 12 Hotels in Nokomis
Number of rooms: 7
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Gulf Surf Motel Nokomis, Florida

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