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August 2, 2003
Caladesi State Park and Dunedin Beach are within 4 miles driving and offer top rated clean and beautiful beaches (Caladesi State Park Beach is rated number 5 in the US).
Clearwater Beach with its soft white sand and warm water beach (88 in July) is about 10 miles away and worth the drive.Best Things About the Resort:This is a unique experience of relaxation in a very comfortable, well kept, clean and spacious unit with a carport to drive your car under the house for protection. The units have a roof top loft to view the area with lounges to rest and relax. In addition to a pool and a hot tub outside the club house, there is also a pier leading out into the St. Joseph Sound with all the vegetation natural to the area and birds of many varieties in easy view and sometimes a manatee and dolphins. The pier extends a 100 yards out and gives one a sense of peace and a breataking view of sunsets and sunrises. The area provides a compatibility with the historic environment of the quiet community of Crystal Beach, maintaining a protection for turtles, butterflies, birds and animals that make this a naturalist's dream to relax and enjoy. It offers an appreciation for a restrained and enviornmentally conscious person on retreat from the hectic life of the city. Resort Experience:I am profoundly surprised at how much that I have enjoyed the simple things of this resort and community. One can rest with the sounds of nature, the visual beauty of the St. Joseph's Sound, the picturesqe sunset/sunrises in an adequately provided quarters and courteous management and supporting staff.
From journal A Different Kind of Relaxing Vacation
April 29, 2002
The living room and kitchen were fairly large and had everything needed. There was also a second full size bathroom. Off the living room was a nice sized screen room, which also provided a stairway to an upper level private porch.
The swimming pool was very clean and the staff nice.
The drive to Tarpon Springs was only five minutes. Busch Gardens took about 40 minutes. St. Petersburg and Clearwater are about 30 minutes away.
From journal Crystal Beach Florida
New York City, New York, Afghanistan
February 26, 2002
Our house contained the standard things that a timeshare has, i.e. dishwasher, fully furnished, etc. There was one floor of living space, all upstairs, as the downstairs was simply the open carport. While the spaciousness was nice (one large master bedroom w/attached bathroom, one room w/a bunk bed, and another bedroom with two twin beds, and an unattached bathroom,living room with couch, 2 small T.V.s, dining table, fully furnished), not so wowing was the very outdated furnishings (from the 70's? early 80's). We had a beach themed interior, complete with pictures of shells, etched bird glass hanging, brown & tan colors. There were also a few scary artificial flower arrangements that I worried housed spiders and other things.
The bed linens were less than impressive. I usually get cold at night and these beds only came with sheets and a polyester cover. I know that FL is usually quite warm and humid, but I visited in early February and the temperature got down to the 40's-50's at night. There were a few raggedy yellow and brown blankets in the closet that I had to throw on top of me. Oh, and there was something weird with the mattress; I think there was some strange plastic covering on it (to keep it clean?) so that my sheets would slip off at night (and I really don't move much when I sleep). To ameliorate that, I ended up wrapping a blanket around the mattress and putting the fitted sheet around that.
One thing that I truly abhore is being "nickled and dimed," especially when I'm on vacation. Unfortunately, this place did, for things like garbage bags, dishwashing and laundry soap, tissue (hey! I only started off with a half-full box!), toilet paper (yep! they start you off with 2 crusty rolls for the week) etc. We went to the grocery store for extra TP of higher quality. Since my regular timeshare is in Palm Springs, Sutherland Crossing really didn't measure up. . . Since I''m on a roll with complaining, the biggest complaint I had was discovered when I was lying in my bed, reading a book. All of a sudden, I felt the house gently shake. EARTHQUAKE!!!! Is what I initially thought, being from California and especially sensitive to earth movement. It seriously made me want to run to the doorway! But no, Florida isn't known for that kind of action, so I investigated and found that it was just someone puttering around the kitchen. . . this shaking regularly woke me up when the earlybirds in the house were active.
Enough about the house. . . The timeshare area has a tennis court (doesn't look very used but it is well-maintained). Also has a pool with deck for sunning - convenient since there's no beach next to the water; just a pier that goes into the water, offering a nice view. Also available are a pool table (50 cents a game! Why bother charging?!), a tiny gym with outdated equipment, videos for borrowing (free), and a small cafe serving sandwiches and snacky foods. There are some activities offered, i.e. Sunday social for $1.50, nature walks, etc., but we were busy doing our own touring, which seemed much more exciting than what was offered.
From journal One Week as a Retiree?!