If you would rather stay in a condo or townhome rather than a hotel, then Sunset Island is for you.
We rented a 5 bedroom townhome that faced a canal on the northern side of the island. This provided room and privacy for everyone in the family. The cost changes as the season progresses, so check several weeks that might interest you before you make a final committment. Also remember that most of the condos and townhomes for rent in OC do not provide linens. You must bring your own linens, paper products and food (if you plan to eat some meals at "home") along with your personal products.
Sunset Island has many things to keep children happy: swimming pools, fishing pier, bayside beaches and an interactive fountain. Adults may enjoy these items also, and add the heated indoor pool and fitness center.
Some things to remember...children under the age of 2 are not allowed in the large pool AND they must wear plastic pants over their "swimmies" when going into the baby pool. Also, inflatables are not allowed in the main pool - only foam "noodles" and life guard certified life vests.
The townhomes have parking for 4 cars - 2 in the garage and 2 on the parking pad behind the garage door. It is a tight squeeze, but it can be done. Most of the owners provide some beach toys and inflatables for use on the three island beaches. Some also provide charcoal grills (but not the charcoal).
Our house had one "bedroom" on the first floor - really a den with a bed and no closet (but there was a chest of drawers for folded clothing - just no place to hang items). The second floor was devoted to the living area with kitchen, dining and living room, powder room and a front and back deck. The third floor had a master bedroom (but no closet for tenant use as both closets were locked by the owners) with a back deck, a hall bath and two bedrooms with twin over double bunks and twin trundles. The fourth floor had a second "master" suite with a small bath and small back deck. We had more beds than we needed for once.
Unpacking the clothing and making the beds took up most of the afternoon, and then it was dinner time and we headed to Waterman's Seafood Co., on Ocean Gateway.