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by Mary Dickinson
November 19, 2005
At 1pm we met in the lobby for the planned trip to the aquarium. We were the only ones signed up so he gave us half price coupons and a map that showed us how to get there. When we got back, the rummy game scheduled for 3pm was already in progress. We didn’t go to the 6pm miniature golf excursion. At 10pm, on Tuesday, a trip to Heritage Village was planned but we decided to go out on the casino boat. Kevin provided us with free boarding passes and buffet coupons. We missed out on the 1pm Name That Tune game (the prize was free Busch Garden tickets). We missed ice-cream time at 2pm, Wheel of Fortune at 3pm, and shuffleboard at 4pm. We had a great time at the shuffleboard court on our own, though.
Wednesday there was line dancing at 10am but I went shopping; however, Bob went down to the pool area for the 12:45pm hot dog roast. After Uno (a card game) at 1:30pm, and ice-cream floats at 2:30pm, he had a big group for Mexican Train at 3pm. We decided to watch from the heated pool. On Thursday at 10am, Bob joined the horseshoe fun on the beach and I did the aquacise at 11pm. Then, at 12:45pm, Kevin led our group to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium for the Sea Safari Cruise. At 4:30pm he had his farewell spaghetti dinner, but we were too hungry after the cruise and stopped at Lever Rocks near the aquarium. Expensive restaurant, but great deals for lunch.
The unit was great, we were right on the Gulf, but the best thing at this resort was the activities—and Kevin made that a lot of fun.
From journal Vacations on the Gulf Side of Florida
February 13, 2005
From journal Thanksgiving at the beach
by WV CHICK
February 13, 2004
We liked the way that the entrance to the unit is set up with irregular lines. Though small, the unit did not feel "boxy." The bedroom, too, is small compared to the other places we've stayed, and there is no closet in the bedroom. To compensate for that, there is a large hallway closet meant to put suitcases, clothes, shoes, whatever. There are TVs in the bedroom and the living area.
The well-eqipped kitchen is just adequate in size and is combined with the living room. The turquoise/aqua leather sofas are set in an "L" shape so that they create a natural divider between the rooms. In the back of the smaller couch is a small table with a picture window facing the water. Beautiful!
The most negative thing about this place is its size. Our unit slept four (pull-out in the living room), but I was glad that it was just my husband and myself. It was quite comfortable for two, but no more! The pool was a big disappointment to us! It has to be the smallest pool that we have seen at the many resorts we have visited. Consequently, we did not use the pool.
We question the rating of the CROWN for this resort. Though nice, this resort lacks many amenities that we have come to expect from such a rating. There is no exercise area, only one small pool, no restaurant to get food or even supplies in the walking area, etc.
Also, we were told that the higher the number a resort is given, the newer the place. This resort has a very high number (5770), but it shows signs of having been around awhile.
The beach outside our windows was pretty and the water appears clean. On most days, we saw dolphins on our beach walks or from our unit. The resort had lounge chairs for beach use, but for some reason they do not provide towels for the beach or pool. The unit towels get exchanged mid-week.
Though the resort is located in a residential area with lovely and huge homes (I want one!), it is just minutes away from a bunch of great restaurants, shopping areas, and other attractions. To us, the location compensated for the negative things mentioned above. You WILL need a car unless you bring all of your food with you and your only interest is the beach.
From journal Florida Escape