I've lived in Florida since I was 10 years old, and grew up in Miami Beach, so I've always been partial to the 10th street and Washington area of SoBe; however, I was curious on the N.E. if my State. I've done Marco, Naples, Tampa, and the Keys for beaches, the latter (or Tampa) is not a beach area, but good diving. I was pleasantly surprised on the Palm Coast Resort's nice beaches... Beautiful, waves are strong, but it could be the season, yet, not a surfer's beach (despite several wannabes)... Unless body surfing is included. My 9 and 2 year old loved it, and so did I... They did take my wife's Coach sandals from the shoe rack - a sign of the times, maybe kids. Otherwise the beach gets an 8... We did some jelly fish that washed up on the shore, the clear kind... Yet, never got stung. The pools are very nice, and clean, they let you sit your little one on your lap down the 2 story slide, and if you sit up, it's very manageable, enjoyable and fun... All y need to do is lift them up at the end to keep them above water. The lazy river is nice, not as nice as the Bonnet Creek Hotel in Orlando, but its fun. We never did the indoor pool, because the weather was perfect, despite the 40% forecast for thunderstorms, but it looked nice (you also can smell the chlorine on the inside, so we stayed out). We stayed on Suite 313, ocean front, three bedroom... It wasnt brand spanning new, but it felt like home, and it was very clean. Nice to buy breakfast for the kids ata nearby Publix, although some of the food we bought had been sold despite being expired (yogurt for kids), and upon returning they apologized. We tried the Atlantic outside for breakfast, then went inside as it was too hot out, they accommodated the change, and the food was very good (mostly adults, fair value - it is a resort, but conmesurate to what we pay on the weekends for breakfast). The Sushi bar is very small, but great food... There the price was a tad high, and that's because my wife and I doubled up on the food... The white tuna was very fresh. The Italian restaurant Delfino's was good, and here you get more kids, and ours had pizza... Small 9 inches, but good tasting. The Spa was too booked, but I did play golf on the Ocean with a member named Ken Schultz, very nice gentleman... Great course, and nice round. Afterwards, we played putt putt with the boys... Fun as well, although charging for this, despite the nominal charge, is ridiculous. One afternoon we drove to St. Augustine, nice, hot, desolate... But a good feel. Oddly enough, the oldest city in the US, while in contrast Miami ranks as one of the youngest. We did Daytona, and ran go carts... fun... many locals there. The last day, we drove to
John F. Kennedy Space Center... My first trip and was very, very impressed... Had a talk with a real astronaut and the kids loved the Atlantis exhibit... Then home. Great time, fun, reasonably priced, and enjoyable... Although very, very nice, I like to do new things, so we may not return, but I would honestly highly recommend! It did get a little annoying at dinner, when our waiter asked for our card, before asking for our order... Ok, nitpicking, all else was superb!
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- Escape to Hammock Beach Resort, a luxury family vacation resort in Palm Coast, Florida with all inclusive getaway packages, magnificent family accommodations, golf courses, dining and spa services. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hammock Beach Hotel Palm Coast
- Hammock Beach Palm Coast