There are the swanky suites for South Beach club kids, the single family villas for Disney regulars, the cute Key West cottages and everything in between. And then there are places like the Clearwater Beach vacation rental above, which are in a class all their own.
Call it a condo, call it a resort, call it your own slice of paradise.
These hotel beauties, which people rent for reasonable rates, don’t skimp on the luxury. At the Sand Pearl, guests feast their eyes on some of the whitest coastline they’ve ever seen, a heavenly strip away (but not too far away) from the t-shirt and boogie board shops of Clearwater Beach.
Besides the blissful beach, signs of the good life are all over the property. When visitors aren’t melting into butter at the spa, they’re being soothed by the sounds of the gulf while floating in the lagoon-style pool or chillaxing in a private cabana. Two restaurants on-site–the seafood-driven Caretta on the Gulf and the more casual Tate Island Grill–eliminate the need to venture away from your abode for food.
(Unless of course you’re on the hunt for that delectable grouper sandwich at Frenchys, deep-fried and deep good, in which case, you have a pass.)
If what to do with the kids is going to make or break your decision, find comfort in the fact that the hotel offers Camp Ridley, a kids club for children between 5 and 10. Your mini explorers won’t be bored, what, with the kite-flying, campfires, treasure hunts and more on their roster.
At the end of the day, all of you will reconvene in your suite and wonder why you don’t do this more often.
Valerie Moloney is your resident blogger and the Expansion Markets Editor for Citysearch.com, who oddly enough, feels panicked when asked, "What's the best place to eat in Chicago?" or her favorite, "It's my birthday. Where should we go with a party of six?" No stranger to travel--and traveling with kids--she is a young mom who ODs on the Internet when it comes to planning family trips or buying clothes. Here's hoping she finds you the vacation you deserve.