My wife and I stayed at the Island Beach Resort Jensen Beach Florida this past March for ten days. The resort is on south Hutchinson Island, a barrier Island Between Fort Pierce and Stuart Florida. All the units are differently appointed to the owners taste,no two are the same.Before I give you my feelings about the resort and our unit I would like to say a little about Hutchinson Island to any one who is not familiar with the Island. Hutchinson Island is not your wild and crazy beach town. In fact their are no towns on the Island really at all until to get to Ft. Pierce up north. No boardwalks, movie theatre, no mini golf courses, bowling alleys, no salt water taffy or many surf shops.It's laid back with the beach its biggest attraction.That doesn't mean you can't find things to do you can but there not right in your face you have to look. There's one large Supermarket on the Island in Stuart, a few small strip malls north of the Jensen beach round-a-bout.A seven eleven type outlet attached to a Texaco station.A CVS.The biggest disappointment for us was there was no place to rent bikes on the Island at all in spite of the fact that their are miles of bike lanes on Ocean Drive and A1A.There are many ways to get on the beaches all with free parking and bathrooms.You need a car there is no public transportation. Ok now for our stay at the Island Beach.This is a Condo it is one of the few places that will rent less than a month during the high season Dec.-March. For me calling the Island Beach a resort is a bit of a stretch. There no Tennis courts, no play area, no gym room, or arcade. Heck there no suffleboard either.What they do have is a 175 at least car parking lot, a great restaurant called Shuckers on the beach a gift shop,pool two BBQ pits and a beachfront location.Oh and two elevators,one under repair.Our unit was number 414 sunset view. It was very nice overall.The kitchen was well stocked with pots, pans dishes etc.It was a full kitchen except there was no washer,dryer. If you needed one you used to washers on the first floor coins needed.We had a nice view from our two balconies a king size bed two flat screen tv's. The floors were stone tile and there were area rugs.You could eat at the counter or set up at a table in the living room by the sliding glass doors on out on the balcony.There were even wine glasses hanging up in the kitchen.The biggest fault of the unit was that there was only one closet which was locked for use of the owner.We had no place to hang our jackets, pants caps. It was only a minor problem with us but if you were staying longer or had dresses what to do?Also the walls were scuffed in some places I took care of this myself with some soap and a sponge. There was a dvd player and games and puzzles. Also found were loads of beach stuff,toys even a vacuum cleaner. The weather was not the greatest while we were at the resort,cool days (60's) and lots of wind and clouds only a few days in the 70's,80's We walked on the beach collected loads of shells for the grandkids,Hey who wants to go to Shuckers for a drink? All in all I can't complain compared to the cost of a hotel room in season the Island Beach Resort is a good deal for those who want a real apt. for less than a month.Oh and the longer you stay the greater the discount!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- I offer a secure one bedroom condominium which can accommodate up to four people. There are two full size balconies overlooking the beach. It has an oversized bedroom with king bed, living room with sofa bed, linen supply, dining area, separate kitchen with full-size appliances as well as dishes, pots, and utensils, etc. In addition, it also has two cable TVs, two DVD and CD players, movie library, private phone with answer service and free WiFi computer signal. Laundry facilities are located on the premises. Enjoy the oceanside heated swimming pool with picnic areas and barbecue grills. Also for your pleasure is a restaurant and lounge with oceanside Tiki Bar for lunch or dinner. After dinner, enjoy nightly entertainment or take a walk on the beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Island Beach Hotel Hutchinson Island