We vacationed on Singer Island last year and had such a good time that we came back again this January. Let me start by putting things in perspective. We are a couple in our early 50's with no children looking to get a low cost warmer week (vacation) in January. We own 3 timeshare weeks and love the value of timeshare stays; especially when they are within driving distance (no airfare or rental car required). I get up at 5:00am everyday so a hotel room is a problem as I have no place to go while my wife sleeps in. The condo lifestyle of timeshare units works great for us. And finally, while back home we are known to be pretty sociable, on vacation we are somewhat private folks who are not looking to participate in the resort activities or meet new friends at the bar. Hopefully, that appropriately sets up the following comments:
Ocean Pointe is... okay. As the title says, "It is what it is." The other two Marriott properties on the island are superior but also more costly. Our one-bedroom "Master" unit was fine, as expected. We chose the Kingfish building knowing it was at the end and the building next in line for renovation so we could avoid kids and crowds. The pool for our building was small but nice, the beach close but not beautiful. (Anyone know what that eye-sore is at the port entrance?) There is a steep drop off on the beach and the sand is fairly soft and difficult to walk on. As far as beaches are concerned this one improves as you head further north up the island. The resort's On the Rocks restaurant served it's purpose and was an adequate place to watch the football games though the addition of DirectTV's Sunday Ticket in the room was very nice as well. Longboards is a very good beach type restaurant within walking distance and the bagel shop a couple steps further down the strip mall was very good, too. PB Shores is a cute neighborhood and offers plenty of safe and attractive walking paths.
Being on the south side of the island you travel almost everywhere by taking the bridge to the mainland through Riviera Beach. We never felt in danger, but don't usually vacation so close to "the real world" as is evident by just stopping in Walgreens. At the end of the day, it is a high crime area and you'd much prefer passing the private country club on the north end of Singer as a point of egress. (I'm sure someone else could have described this more eloquently. I did not mean to come across as snobby, but let's face it, when you are on vacation you'd prefer to relax and think happy thoughts.)
Ocean Pointe is a comfortable place which provides spacious rooms, resort activities for those interested (like mini-golf), and an attentive staff. Every employee we came in contact with was upbeat, helpful, and customer oriented. Singer Island is nicely located with easy access to Palm Beach, West Palm, PB Gardens, Jupiter, etc. Whether you just want to relax on the beach or eat well or play golf on excellent courses it is a fine base camp. Depending on how you come by the week, it can also be a very cost effective week. (We were fortunate enough to upgrade a studio lockoff unit in Aruba for a 1-BR Master during New Year's Eve week. Based on our rental history that equates to ~$1,000 gross, pre-tax.) I think our view from the balcony summarizes the place perfectly. We had a decent ocean view with a parking lot in the near foreground. If possible, we'd give the resort a 3.75. It wouldn't be an annual destination, though definitely in a 5-year rotation.
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