After a disasterous start to our vacation (see review of Tidewater Beach in PCB!) we were offer to switch to another Resort Quest property at Sunrise Beach. We had previously stayed at Boardwalk on S. Thomas and frankly prefer the resorts at that end of PCB. We were looking for something with a similar "resort feel" and some ammenities to satisfy two families with young ones, teens and young adults. I specifically wanted nice pools and a master bedroom with a balcony/beach view (the 1 BDR's as Boardwalk have caves for master bedrooms - that's the only reason we didn't go back). We also wanted the security of renting through Resort Quest as we had always had good luck with their units in the past and I was booking for my brother's family as well - didn't want any surprises! Sunrise was a really good value and the both our 2 BDR condos were beautiful. Perfect ocean views, tall ceilings, beautiful furnishings. Our unit (1108) had a gigantic oval tub, full size washer/dryer (bigger laundry room than I have at home!), beautiful dishes and Cuisinart cookware. It had fun, beachy decor. My brother's family loved their unit (1410) with dark wood furniture, black granite countertops and huge four-poster queen bed in the master. Both rooms had an adorable bunk room with a tv and enough drawers for all the kid's stuff. My girls (8 and 13) LOVED their little room and my 17 year-old son loved having his own queen room. Plenty of space and privacy! The only criticisms were the 5th floor pool deck, while pretty, clean and spacious enough, you had to go back down the elevator and through the parking garage to go out to the beach. Kind of a hassle, but it didn't really take that much time.
POSITIVES: Deluxe furnishings, really large units, great views, MUST GO THROUGH RESORT QUEST to get so many extras and great service - beach chairs included saved us over $200 week and all you needed to do is walk down around 8-9 in the morning to reserve them. With Resort Quest you are guaranteed your unit will have nice stuff - we cooked giant gourmet meals for 10 and had a blast! Plenty of parking in underground garage - car was never in hot sun and we didn't have to schlepp stuff from across the street. Nice pool chairs (not the hot, broken plastic kind).
NEGATIVES: Pool on 5th floor, beach on 1st floor of parking garage. Elevators were slow on Saturday when everyone was checking in...rest of the time ok.
THINGS TO DO: Favorite PCB restaurant of all time is Schooners. Go for a late lunch and stay till the music starts. Best crab cakes in the world! Highly recommend Island Time snorkling and dolphin watch cruise - right next to Schooners so you can go before lunch! From Sunrise Beach you can walk to Sharky's for Happy Hour - not the best food by any stretch, but it's fun. Sunrise is walking distance to Pier Park.
OTHER TIPS; During busy times of year, I wouldn't go all the way to WalMart from the Sunrise Beach (Pier Park) area. WAY too crowded (we waiting an hour just in line!) Publix is closer on Back Beach road and they have good prices. Target at Pier Park is closer. WalMart was a zoo and took half our whole first night of vacation, plus they were out of everything!
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- Also Known As:
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