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by Eric G
March 13, 2003
From journal Escape from Snow II
February 4, 2003
We rented a pontoon boat very reasonably out of Bonita Springs and went up the intercoastal waterway to a nice little restaurant with a dock near Ft. Myers. Imagine our surprise when my six year old grandson spotted dolphins cavorting in the wake of our boat! Not just one but several! That was exciting! They were with us for about five minutes on the way up and just for a minute or two on the way back. And I forgot to put my camera on the boat - oh, no!
There were surf shops and restaurants all around in Bonita Springs, and yet our timeshare home was off the beaten path and very quiet. We enjoyed seeing the palm trees ringed with Christmas lights - so different from our Christmas trees in the north. Best Things About the Resort:Imagine our surprise to have expected a two bedroom timeshare and to have three bedrooms instead. It was great with our family. We also had a sofabed. There was also a lovely, screened lanai. We could see the fence of the pool from the lanai. The kitchen was huge and it had a separate dining room. We used the table as we made Christmas ornaments (which we forgot when we hung them on the palm tree).
There were two bathrooms and large closets. I loved my walk-in closet and private bath off the master suite. Pool was heated and we were able to swim even though the weather had taken a cold front from a storm up north. Parking was under awnings and sidewalks to the parking area were lined with blooming plants - at Christmas! It was quiet and relaxing when we stayed to relax.Resort Experience:At Christmas the weather was about 80 degrees. The pool at the timeshare was heated nicely. We met a lovely couple from the Netherlands and let them use one of our life jackets for their baby so they could safely let him in the water. Our own were swimmers or had lifejackets on. Then the adults could relax at the pool without being right by each little one every second.
Many people rode bicycles around the little lanes and quiet streets nearby and we saw a number of joggers out in the mornings. This unit would have made a comfortable place for year round living. It was like being at a resort and so near the Gulf. Each grandchild collected a large bag of seashells and a couple had horseshoe crabs (dried out). We had a really nice time. With a timeshare exchange, it was very reasonable staying there - about $500 for the week for us, kids, and grandkids.
From journal Gulf Coast