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Tropical Winds Motel & Cottages
Baltimore, Maryland
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“Old Florida at its best!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2013

Lovely, lovely stay in an old Florida motel/cottage! Small fully equipped kitchen, nice living area, two double beds, screened lanai porch. Beautiful pool for cooling off. And only a 100 yard walk to the beach--with some of the best shelling on the island (right next to Bowman's Beach)! Buckets, beach chairs, umbrellas, all the beach supplies you need. And a shell washing station right outside the cottages.
Stephanie and Luke went out of their way to make our stay wonderful.
In a quiet residential neighborhood--you'll need a car or taxi to reach restaurants and shops.
(Sanibel Taxi is wonderful!)

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South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2013

Luke, Stephanie, and Lisa made our stay so very wonderful. From the extremely clean and expansive cottage, friendly guests, welcome basket for our dog, massive amounts of shells, and breathtaking sunsets..Tropical Winds is the absolute best getaway. There is no size limit on dogs and the pet fee is only $15 per day.

Room Tip: Ask for Cottage # 3, it may be a little further from the beach, but its so large and peaceful. No ne...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Lafayette, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2013

A welcomed restful experience. Our stay at the Tropical Winds was a pleasure. The room was clean, with all that we needed. A friendly atmosphere, we began our day sitting in the lanai with a cup of coffee and greeting guests. Most of our time was spent walking the nearby spacious beach and picking up numerous varieties of shells.

The friendly management, Luke and Stephanie, went over and above to make our stay relaxing and fun. Thank you, we hope to return soon.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Avon Lake, Ohio, United States
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2013

We stayed one week during the month of July, 2013. It was terrific. The management is keen on creating a stress-free stay. It's not posh but it's a very clean facility with everything you need to create a memorable vacation. The location is somewhat secluded, but very close to shopping and other vacation attractions. Looking for quiet and a more secluded beach that's away from the mainstream island visitors - this is the place to be! They offer separate house like facilities as well as cottages. Visitors are welcome to use the clean and well-kept pool that's located by the manager's residence. The PRIVACY is wonderful.

Room Tip: Staying in the cottages? Ask for the Oceanside unit, or one of the units that does not include a sh...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2013

Awesome Vacation. This was our second year in a row that we stay at Tropical Winds in Sanibel Florida, and let me tell you, we have
officially named Sanibel our hidden Jewel. If peace, tranquility, and total relaxation is what you're looking for, this is the spot. And of course to separate it from the rest of the beaches out there....Shelling at its best..No kidding. I never really liked picking seashells from the beach before visiting Sanibel but all that changed the moment I stepped on Sanibel's coasts. Anyways, fishing, biking, swimming, all kinds of tours on and offshore. Fine dining and of course, cannot forget all the souvenir and gift shops which are one of a kind. (CHEAP TOO!). There's nothing like Sanibel anywhere else in the world. You'll find quite a few nice places to stay in Sanibel, but just like Tropical Winds with all its charm, warmth, and peacefullness I doubt it. Oh! Almost forgot. Well behaved pets are welcomed very happily! This was a Plus for me and my family..since our four legged friend completes our four member family..Check them out ..cottages of all sizes to accomadate small and large families..Sanibel is Florida's hidden jewel. Take advantage !

  • Stayed July 2013
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Kemah, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2013

Loved this, in every respect. The beach is wide and deep, with no other hotels or public beach access close by. We found sand dollars, saw a manatee and porpoises, rode bikes to Captiva and around the island, and swam in the pool to cool off after a day at the beach. The cottages are old Florida: terrazo floors, wall units, a small lanai with a dining table, and a kitchenette. That said, they're perfect and perfectly kept. We used the bbq grill to cook dinner, TWinds provided the charcoal and lighter fluid. They provided beach chairs and even loaned us a cooler when we discovered we'd left ours at the other hotel. Cable TV & WiFi, too. We couldn't have asked for more. Several of the people around us were returning guests, one couple for their 7th time! Says a lot. I'm sure we'll be back, too. Thanks, Stephanie & Luke!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Wauconda, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2013

I will start with THE BEST MANAGERS ever!!- this place is nice- little older style cottages- VERY clean short walk to beach.....but thanks to Stephanie and Luke this place become so much more.
They really know how to run the business and make you feel as part of their family ...any of your needs are accomodated , they are so very friendly and always smilling.
WE had the pleasure to stay for a couple of days , the weather was not the best , but we still had a great time shelling, watching the nature, ( sea turtle layed eggs right on the property beach) :-)
I do very much recommend this place for quite, private vacation-it would be worth the experience
No wonder that Stephanie is always smilling- she lives in paradise :-)
Lucie

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Tropical Winds Motel & Cottages
Address: 4819 Tradewinds & Jamaica Drive, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-2605
Region: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sanibel Island
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 42 Speciality Lodging in Sanibel Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:2 star — Tropical Winds Motel & Cottages 2*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come experience Sanibel with the charm of Old Style Florida! Located on the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico, on the west end of the island, Tropical Winds is tucked away in a very secluded, private setting within a small residential neighborhood. Enjoy one of our beachfront or nearby cottages in our own tropical paradise! ... more   less 
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