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“A little bit of Heaven on Earth !!!” 5 of 5 stars
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4651 Gulf Of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228   |  
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Palm Bay, Florida
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“A little bit of Heaven on Earth !!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2012

We love the Sun n' Sea!!! We have been going there for 7 yrs. now. It is a comfortable place on a quite beach. Each unit has a kitchen and it's own screened porch. The cottages also have a grill in the backyard.There are mostly cottages but some units in the main building are considered efficiencies. Nothing fancy but a great place to stay with a great staff! We reserve our time there from year to year and can't wait to go back this summer! We love to sit on the screened in porch in the morning and have our coffee. We walk the beach at night and watch the sunset. Great place to stay!! A real gem!!!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Tampa, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2012

We go down often and we still want the beautiful cottages on this private beach all to ourselfs. If you tell folks about how wonderful the staff is,how beautiful the quite private beach is everyone's going to be staying there. Just because all the cottages have a full kitchen and grills to cook steaks on while your watching the sunset over the gulf of mexico is no excuse.Tell them to go to one of the glitzy chain hotels and leave this one for me.. ;-)

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2011

as a kid our family vacationed on Longboat Key in the 50s and 60s. i thought those "old Florida" days were forever gone. BUT it's still alive, yes! at Sun and Sea! we stayed a week and didn't want to leave. the staff was fabulous, the room super clean, shuffle board lanes(remember that?) and we were just steps to the white sandy beach! we're already trying to find addtional time to return.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tampa, Florida
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2011

We found Sun n Sea on our way home to Tampa, FL from Sarasota, FL. We were looking for a resort that had the old Florida charm. (No lobbies to walk through, or full parking garages and no elevator rides to get to your room). Booked a three day weekend for a family get together and were completely satisfied. We rented cottages 27 & 28, which were one of the duplex type. Great views, great beach and a great time. We will definitely be back.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2011

Stayed here one night in a twin efficiency. The decor is old, but that's part of the charm. Each room has a screened in porch and kitchen, which is very nice. The owners were very friendly and made a great recommendation for dinner. Our room was adjoining another family's room. They were very loud and the paper thin walls (and ceiling - we heard people stomping above us) were a bit of a nuisance. Also, there was no lock on our adjoining room door. When I opened the door, there appeared to be some kind of bolt I could possibly turn, but the people were in the room and I didn't want to start fiddling with their door. I didn't feel unsafe, just a little uncomfortable that I might have an unlocked door between my room (with teen daughter) and a stranger's room. If I stayed here again, I would get a cottage. They were also a little lacking in amenities. They provided soap, but no shampoo. Only wo very small bath towels in the room. Jim, the owner, was very kind and loaned me a beach towel. Also, he pointed out where we could get extra towels for the bath and soap, etc.

Pros:
charming setting
friendly owners
right on the beach
reasonable rates
kitchenettes and screened porches
free wifi
parking right next to the room
beach chairs provided (bring your own umbrella)
some beach toys also provided
lovely beach
comfortable bed
laundry facilities

Cons:
No beach towels or shampoo provided. No hairdryers.
paper thin walls in effeciencies
outdated decor (though this is part of the charm)
no pool

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2010

Home away from home. Beautiful cottages right on the gulf, very secluded. Managers are very friendly and professional. Highly recommend checking it out.

  • Stayed December 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Barrington, RI
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2010

Sun 'n Sea is the perfect getaway for rest and relaxation at the beach! I just happened upon the place by driving by and was pleasantly surprised by the clean and quiet accommodations and friendly service of the office staff. I stayed in unit #12, an efficiency studio, which had at-home comforts, like a comfortable queen bed and clean linens, flat panel television, a comfy recliner and fully appointed small kitchen area. The grounds are immaculate and just beautiful, especially the private beach and local water fowl (birds, cranes, etc.) that visit the area. I particularly appreciated that they are located off the main street, which makes the units very quiet. The onsite laundry facility was also nice and convenient.

The only downside is that there is no pool or spa, but they make up for it with great hospitality and comfort, as well as a spectacular private beach that is easy to waste the day away walking, swimming or simply lounging in a chair.

I wish that I could visit Sun 'n Sea every day and can't wait for my next trip to Longboat Key!

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Sun 'n Sea

Address: 4651 Gulf Of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228
Location: United States > Florida > Longboat Key
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Longboat Key
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 28
Also Known As:
Sun `n Sea Hotel Longboat Key

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