We stayed at the Sea VIew over 4th of July. We absolutely loved this place. Our room was very clean and the beds were very comfortable; firm but soft on top, not the typical motel type.
Each room has a full kitchen and it was clean and well-stocked. The view of the ocean was awesome, and once you step to the beach it is even better. We have been to Melbourne Beach many times, but this section was our favorite. It is nearly secluded, and has a really nice sandbar about 50 yards out into the ocean that is only 12 inches deep at low tide. The waves are gentle and it makes for a perfect swimming area for little ones (our 3-year old loved it). It is one of the cleanest beaches we have ever seen. Up and down this section of the coast there are regular beach clean-ups, and the guests here seem very eco-conscious. There were also seashells, but no rocks or seaweed! Just the Emerald Atlantic!
There are beach umbrellas to use, chairs, and boogie boards and toys as well!! A beautiful deck with furniture sits elevated right over the ocean too!
Melbourne Beach is very underrated as a whole, and another draw to it is the nesting of Loggerhead and Green Sea Turtles. The Sea view is right in the middle of this area (the protected Archie Carr Refuge), so you can just step outside and view these gentle giants do their thing at night.
*** Just be aware of the standard rules for Sea Turtle nesting anywhere - don't disturb them ... no lights and no flash photography. ***
But with a little moonlight and patience, you will find the experience a delight.
The owner of the hotel, Casey, can give you advice on the nesting, as well as advice on local places to go (like the Publix right up the road!). She is so accommodating and friendly, as are seemingly all of the guests. We met many repeat visitors. We will be too, next time!!
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July 24, 2012
I am so glad that you have discovered the Sea View and have made it one of your new favorite places :-) I appreciate your review and I also thank you for educating other folks about the importance of keeping our beaches dark. It is true that you should not use flashlights or flash photography to capture images or sneak a better peak at the beautiful turtles. Your eyes will naturally adjust to the dark and you can use the camera of your mind to keep the memories of this special experience forever. Look forward to having you back!
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