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Windward Passage Resort
Jacksonville, Florida
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“We meet some wonder people there.”
Reviewed September 19, 2013

Had a great time there. Just couldn't find a better place for beautiful sunsets. It could use some updating, but clean and the people working there were very friendly. They had by the pool a breakfast morning, a bingo evening, a hot dog lunch. We thought it was fun and gave us a chance to meet some wonderful people. Plus since the traffic is so bad on weekends it was that far down o A1A. We would go back with no problem at all.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Niles, Michigan
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56 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed August 29, 2013

We were looking for a last-minute summer beachfront getaway and found this resort through our timeshare. It is small and intimate; on the quiet end of the island so it was not crowded and there wasn't a lot of traffic on the beach. All the rooms have a gulf view with screened-in porch (although we only saw about 3 bugs on the island the entire week). We wanted for nothing in the unit; all the kitchen supplies and appliances we needed. Nice surprise was the free laundry facilities available AND detergent in the room!

We did see dolphins one morning from our balcony and got some amazing shells within 1/4-mile each way from our beach. Went over to Sanibel and Captiva 3 times for low tide and collected more!

Staff was very friendly and helpful; we had a small problem the first night and maintenance was there immediately the next morning. We would definitely return to this property!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Saint Clair Shores, Michigan
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10 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed July 30, 2013

First of all, this time share is not a 5 star so know that up front. It's practical and I have to say the material on the couch is very uncomfortable. But with that being said, employees were nice and the location is great. You can walk 10 minutes on the beach and be to the pier and the center of town with all the great shopping, restaurants and crowded beaches. Or you can remain by the timeshare and either chill by the pool or read a book by the beach which is not overly crowded and usually quiet. You have the best of both worlds. If money is not a factor stay in more luxurious accomodations but if you need to be practical this is a great place and a great location. We are practical and would return in a heart beat!

Room Tip: They do have a location off the gulf so if you decide to reserve a place here be sure it is not stre...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Columbus, Ohio
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35 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed June 21, 2013

Hi,

This a great place to stay for a family or a couple. Very clean units and staff was great.

On the N side of Ft. Myers Beach and the pier. You do not see the dolphins here as they seem to like the southern part of the beach area. That was disappointing but it is what it is.

We stayed here 6/7 to 6/15 2013 in room 302 which was a great oceanfront room. The only thing that we didn't like is that the bedroom was in the back of the unit and you could not see or hear the ocean/gulf. There was a nice pull-out bed in the living room.

Highlights:

-Pool was maintained every morning and they did a great job. It's heated but obviously doesn't need it at this time of year.
-Hot tub is awesome. About 102 degrees and really pleasant, especially at night.
-Pool and HT are only supposed to be open till dusk, but that goes by the wayside every night and nobody really seems to care. I think this is great that nobody complained and the kids had a great time after hours.
-Parking is tough under the tennis courts. Either the driver or passenger door will be hard to get in and out of.
-Great beach in low or high tide. A few fishing guys out there in the am. Lots of opportunity for gathering shells, if you like that.
-Small kitchen in our unit, but it was fully equipped. Real oven, microwave, fridge, and utensils.
-Publix is WAY overpriced on Estero Blvd. Walmart is about 15 minutes away by car. Worth the ride.
-Laundry machines are free, but you have to have the detergent. They have machines for that and cost 0.50/deal.
-Chairs for the beach are free but you must haul them yourselves. And, take them back when you are done. Not a problem. Umbrellas are optional at a cost.
-You can smoke at the North end of the pool or in other designated areas. It is all outlined in the pamphlet/summary sheet they give you when you check in.
-You can use the bikes for free at the resort. Just check them out and return them. It's about a mile to the pier.
-Towel exchange is on Tuesday.

We really thought we would be the youngest people here (Look at their website weekly pics), but it turned out there were a lot of couples and families which was cool. We had a great time and met some great people.

Take care,

DaveandMissy

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bloomington, Illinois, United States
Level 3 Contributor
6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed May 2, 2013

I have traveled to this resort for many many years...It has all the ammenities of home. Recent upgrades at this resort insures that it will be just as good for years to come. You are on the more northern part of the island...which is great for a more quiet environment. If it is the nightlife you crave...the good news is you are a very short walk to times square which is the hub of this little island. Shops, restaurants, bars...and time square sits right at the pier which makes it nice!

Morning watch from the enclosed balcony almost allows will show you the morning dolphin passes. Shelling is great here....sugar white beaches. The pool is pristine...if you do not enjoy your stay here...it is your own fault. I highly reccomend it.

Room Tip: Smokin Oyser Bar...and Pete's timeout! Two great places to stop in and relax.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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New York
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52 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed January 27, 2013

We did not notice many positive changes.
Always felt that we were a bother if we stopped into the main office with a quick question.
Our unit was clean and quiet.
Loved the Smokin' Oyster Bar in Ft. Myers Beach!!!
The majority of guests were seniors.
Some of the beach chairs need replacing with comfortable ones. Why are guests charged for chair pads?
Uncertain if we will return...

Room Tip: Request a gulf front room. Head for S.O.B's for a drink and oysters!!!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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soleil2jours
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71 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed January 27, 2013

We had so much fun at the Windward Passage thanks to the staff and mother nature. We changed our reservation to the WP at the last minute from another location just down the street and were so thrilled we did. It is a very family-friendly location, near to numerous restaurants and shops but far enough to avoid most of the noise and traffic. The staff was helpful with area attractions and other service-oriented requests. The ocean was healthy and full of various creatures and shells. We watched dolphins playing in the wake of the hydrofoils from our balcony. You can also walk down to the end of the point where there is a park with land tortises, as well as a great spot for spotting dolphins near shore. It was recommended we take the pirate cruise as we have young children and it was entertaining. Sanibel Island is just a short drive away and is also beautiful and full of wildlife as well. While our unit was smaller than anticipated, it suited our needs just fine (so glad it had a dishwasher!). We ran into a family from our hometown there who had been going there for 15 years, as did several of the other families. It truly had that family feel. There were scheduled activities throughout the week. The paddle boards and kayaks trial was great. Parking was easy and the tennis courts above were fun. Would gladly go back again.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Windward Passage Resort
Address: 418 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931-2098
Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Fort Myers Beach
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Ranked #13 of 27 Specialty Lodging in Fort Myers Beach
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Hotel Class:3 star — Windward Passage Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 52
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