Perfect for a relaxing beach vacation!
January 21, 2013
The house was very clean and well-organized when we arrived. The interior decorating is beautiful, comfortable, and homey. Out the back door, there is a private little garden (with fountains!). It was a great place for morning coffee while lounging on some nice patio furniture. And in the evening...Hot tub!
The nearest beach is a three minute walk away. There is a small, very picturesque lake about one block from the house. A trail (exactly 1 mile) encircles the lake and is great for evening walks or runs. The neighborhood and the nearby beaches are lovely, clean, safe, and surprisingly not crowded. (The beach has some great shells!) The house rental includes use of recreation equipment, which we certainly took advantage of. We used the two bicycles almost every day. Everything we could have wanted was within biking distance: grocery stores, pharmacy, fish market, and a lot of wonderful restaurants. In addition, Ocean Drive (a block away) is great for scenic bike rides and runs. It has a bike lane and a wide sidewalk, and the road runs north right along the beach for about 6 miles to Dubois Park. Plus, along the way, there are other cute parks, the Juno Pier, and the Loggerhead Museum (admission is free, and the turtles are cute). In addition to the bikes, there are three kayaks, which (like the bikes) are in great condition. The kayaks are great for either ocean waves or calm water. I highly, highly recommend a kayak trip to the lagoon at John D MacArthur State Park. The mangroves are fascinating, birds are beautiful (and absolutely everywhere!), and manatees and dolphins are quite common.
Back to the house...The WiFi worked well, and gave us no problems at all. There is a printer that we used to print our return boarding passes (very convenient). Drawers and closets were labeled to make finding things easy, and the house was stocked with everything we needed. All we had to do was pick up some groceries. Even the bathrooms are loaded with toiletries (look under the sinks for even more!) I was worried because I had forgotten to pack towels, but there were plenty.
Altogether, it was a very relaxing vacation in a beautiful home and a very convenient location. It's perfect for people like us who were looking to relax, go to the beach, and take advantage of great biking, kayaking, and running. We will definitely be back!
Laura Saucier, Palo Alto, California
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