Let me start by saying that Andrea is AMAZING! She was so helpful from the beginning when we booked all the way through to the end when my son thought he left his iPad on the couch after we had already made it to the airport in Tampa. She went to the house and looked for it for us...(we found it in a suitcase at check-in).
The drive from Tampa was a quick hour. We arrived and everything was just as described. It felt roomier than we even expected. The king size beds were perfect and there was enough space in the kitchen and living room for all of us to be there together comfortably. The pool seemed a little small when looking at it, but it was actually perfect for our needs and the kids had a blast in that and the hot tub. The pool area was perfect for evening dinners and a swim. The grill is a good size!
Foosball was a hit and the tables and chairs were sturdy and gave plenty of room for eating a meal.
The arcade in the bunk room on the first floor was also a kid favorite. There were games and cards and puzzles to keep the kids busy on a day when we had rain.
The garage was stocked with sand toys, boogie boards, an awesome cart to tote all of your "stuff" to the beach...and 4 awesome beach chairs that fit nicely on the end of the cart. The beach was a QUICK walk under the bridge by the Marina and we LOVED the proximity to the house.
We were fortunate enough to get ahold of Captain Larry (his boat was in the second slip by the pier) and go out deep sea fishing for 4 hours one afternoon and he was so knowledgeable and promised fish...which we weren't sure he could deliver...but he did! We came home with 25 fish (mostly snapper which was awesome) and had a yummy fish fry in the well-stocked kitchen. Larry is a 7th generation Floridian and has been fishing his whole life. He baited all our hooks and took our fish off every time...he helped teach us to fish and he then cleaned the fish all up and sent us home with just what we needed to cook. It was a GREAT experience and well worth the money.
Our favorite ice cream place BY FAR was Big Olaf's Creamery which was a short little walk from the house. Everything was a short walk from the house really!
The oyster bar at the end of the Pier was awesome too...and kids 10 and under eat for a penny an inch of their height!
We cannot say enough great things about this property and we will definitely be back again. Thank you Andrea for helping make this the best vacation EVER! ~ Nicole M.
Exxhibition - Where in the World?
Island Gallery West 5368 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL