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by Matthew Beckner
February 9, 2010
South Lyon , Michigan
January 9, 2008
May 9, 2005
The neighboring condos had their maintenance man with his VERY LOUD leaf blower/edger/mower there at 7:15am on 2 days, and with the back-up beepers on the construction equipment, there was no sleeping past 7am any day except Sunday (construction should be over by mid-summer 2005).
The pool could be bigger (we didn't use it, as there were too many kids). There are nice chaise lounges in the grassy area right outside the lower-floor units. We were right next to the laundry area, which was great but could get to be expensive. The resort would provide irons and table-top ironing boards upon request. You can exchange your towels daily, and if you need housekeeping, just let them know. We had no maintenance or housekeeping problems during our stay. The kitchen was well equipped and the appliances all worked well.
Sarasota is nice but very congested. St. Armand's Circle is a great shopping area, though pricey (we hit some fabulous end-of-season sales). If you are into ice cream or candy, be SURE to stop at KILWIN'S in St. Armand's - the BEST ice cream I've ever had in my life, bar none! Mote Aquarium is great for adults and kids interested in learning about marine life, and Selby Gardens is a fabulous way to spend several hours. We drove to visit family (45 minutes south on Route 41) every day, which got to be a grind, but it is certainly no reflection on the resort. If you want to drive an hour or so, Venice is a wonderful town to see and do some shopping (not as costly as St. Armand's). We went over to Siesta Key to see the world-famous "sugar sand" - the beach was unbelievable but extremely crowded (even during off-season and during the week). Some of the multi-million-dollar homes in the area are worth driving around to see. It's not touted as a great shelling area, but my husband found three huge conch shells in 1 day about 30 feet from shore! I would go back there again - as long as you get good weather, it is a very enjoyable place to spend a vacation, providing you don't mind a lot of traffic when driving anywhere off Lido Key.
From journal Sunny Sarasota
by Laura Z
Somewhere in NJ
February 9, 2004
BEACH I was expecting white powder sand. Lido Beach was hit by a hurricane and eroded. They trucked in sand that was more gravelly and coarse than the white sand I'd expected. However, the gulf water was beautiful, with very little waves and fun shelling. There was practically no one on the beach, so we had a grand time all day in the water (reminded me of the Caribbean).
RESORT While I expected hotel conversion units, I hate going to a place that nickels and dimes me to death. They charge for paper towels at the front desk ($1.50), salt and pepper, pail and shovel, beach chair rental ($5/day each), VCP ($4/day rental), etc. These little extras could have been provided. It was convenient that they offered them for sale, but paper towels? In addition, the unit had one small TV in the living room and none in the bedroom (they handed me a remote control at check-in). The bedroom had one king bed and then there were four day beds, two in each room, that were not comfortable, though provided plenty of sleeping places. No midweek cleaning, though they had a towel exchange daily where they counted each and every piece of cloth. The pool was quite small and crowded each day, all day. The front desk was friendly and efficient. I could not see the beach from my unit (many are not gulf view).
RESTAURANTS I recommend Columbia's at St. Armands Circle (try their famous 1905 salad) and Captain Jack's on the water. Dino's has delicious pizza and delivers to the resort. Also, Seagrapes next door has a very good lunch.
SIGHTS Not a lot to do but sun and surf. Nightlife is nonexistent. The Mote Aquarium is a nice place for kids. Also, the Ringling Museum is a nice day out. Tampa isn't too far if you want an amusement park experience.
I plan to try another resort in the area next time. Lido Beach is in a great location, midway between Siesta Key and Longboat Key and so close to St. Armand's.
From journal Sarasota -- The Ins and Outs You Need to Know
July 7, 2003
From journal a little piece of heaven
March 13, 2003
From journal Sarasota---Christmas to New Years
February 13, 2003
From journal Lido Key, Relax, Restore and Recreate
by Big Ted from NJ
Wayne, New Jersey
January 22, 2003
From journal Smelling the Orchids in Sarasota
November 17, 2002
From journal Week Getaway To Sarasota
Tinton Falls, New Jersey
August 8, 2002
The timeshare has the following on-site amenities: Beach ~ Heated Outdoor Pool ~ Children's Pool ~ Whirlpool/Hot Tub ~ Sauna ~ Tennis Court ~ Racquetball Court ~ Game Room ~ Bicycle Rentals ~ Shuffleboards ~ Barbecues/Picnic Tables on the Beach ~ Laundry Facilities.
What's pleasant about this timeshare is that it's at the end of Lido Key and adjacent to the state park. It's very quiet at night and the only noise you hear are the people talking by the pool or on the balcony. The palm trees are lit up at night with different color lights that set a nice ambiance for the resort.
Throughout the day you can recline by the pool, work on your tan at the beach, take a walk along the silky sand, go for a nice swim in the Gulf of Mexico or stroll over to the state park for a picnic. If you like to keep busy there are plenty of attractions nearby to keep you occupied.
From the beach you obtain a nice view of Siesta Key and able to see many beautiful boats go by. The sunsets from the beach are phenomenal and it's the best part of my vacation. Many people stand on the balconies or go down to the beach to watch the sunset. It's so peaceful and beautiful. Some nights the sky seems to be a painting and is unbelievable!
St. Armand's Circle and Longboat Key are within a few minutes of Sarasota Sands and offers plenty of shopping and restaurants.
There are many other area attractions nearby: Sarasota Jungle Gardens, Selby Botanical Park, Ringling Museum Complex, Boat trips, Fishing, Sailing, etc.. It's a nice area for couples as well as families.
From journal Lido Key ~ Off the Beaten Path