We just returned from a week in Madeira Beach in Unit 405 at Kima Condos from October 29-November 5, 2011. We started renting from Charles Lunsford back in the late 1990's and have gone back at least 7 or 8 more times. All units at Kima are oceanfront with huge private balconies (brick wall between each patio). The balconies are very close to the water so the calming sound of the ocean waves is a constant source of enjoyment. There are 2 large sliding glass patio doors and we crack the the one in the master bedroom and listen to the ocean all night long. Sunsets on the gulf are spectacular. There is nothing like it. We have previously always had corner units, which include underground parking and a larger balcony with a 3rd patio and more outside windows. The cost is higher for a corner unit. However, this time they were already booked, so Chuck assigned us unit 405. We enjoyed this unit just as much as the corner ones, so we saved a bit of money AND still have a fabulous view. Each unit has an assigned parking space so we never have to worry about not finding a spot.
Kima Condos are 2 bedroom, 2 bath, full kitchen w/washer, dryer & dishwasher. It is close to John's Pass a major shopping/fishing spot in Madeira Beach. Many guests walk down the beach to get there. It is about 1 to 1.5 from the condo, so you need to be in shape. Bob & I just drive there. John's Pass has good food, too. The Friendly Fisherman, Skully's, and Bubba Gump are just a few. There is even a Hooter's if wings (ah-ha) are your thing. Fishing charters, jet-ski rentals, parasailing, and other excursions depart from this quaint and touristy spot. A variety of shops are there and you can find almost anything to take home as a souvenir. If mini-golf is your thing, there are a couple to choose from on Gulf Blvd. that are challenging, well landscaped and fun to do.
Other popular restaurants within a few miles of Kima are places like Crabby Bill's, PJ's Oyster & Seafood (a locals hangout), Salt Rock, The Pub, and The Dacquiri Deck, to name just a few. Outside pubs are abundant. Just look for the straw huts and the people on the decks and you are there! Many offer local musicians to entertain you.
There is also a Seabird Sanctuary that is free to the public. You can visit birds that have been injured and are being cared for with hopes for them to be released back into the wild. Further north is the Clearwater Aquarium with houses Winter, the dolphin featured in the recent movie "Dolphin Tale". The aquarium is small and not very impressive but they are caring for Winter and it is interesting to see her with her artificial tail.
Drive into Tampa and you are at Busch Gardens, or the Tampa Zoo or the Tampa Aquarium.
Drive to St. Petersburg and check out the Dali Museum or The Pier Shopping Center.
If you like flea markets, The Wagon Wheel on Park Blvd. (which is also within about 10 minutes of Kima Condos) is HUGE! It offers an abundance of items, both new & old, and I kid you not...you will be amazed when you see how big it is. Parking is a buck and admission is free. The market is only open on Saturday and Sunday but is a definite must see.
We took one day and drove to Disney. It is about a 1 1/2 hour drive but the highways are good and unless you get tied up in traffic due to an accident or rush hour it is an easy drive. Early November must be off-season, as we had great weather (in the 70's) and very low crowds. It was a great day.
Back to Kima Condos. Units are clean with all necessary pots, pans, tablewear, linens, etc. However, keep in mind that these individually owned units are often rented out. With that said, you may notice carpet stains, not perfect pots & pans, a few cracks here and there or some painting that may need to be done. Focus on the pluses...an unbelievable view, a very affordable price (units rent by the week from Saturday-Saturday), a basically quiet 30 unit building, a clean, warm pool, and a fabulous location.
Bottom line...that's what brings us back. Chuck Lunsford has been renting units at Kima Condos for a very long time. Sometimes he may sound a bit gruff or a bit short on the phone, but he goes out of his way to meet your needs and take care of your requests. We are very thankful that we are able to rent from him. He is honest and he is fair. His repeat customers speak for themselves as many return year after year.
Wow! I've babbled enough. I bit long winded I must say. Oh well...hope this helps when you go to plan your next vacation.
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