Angelinos is a little gem. My husband and I (40s) love to swim and mostly we love QUIET. The property is lovely and clean and pristine, very old-school Florida, no bars in sight and very dark at night. The shade trees are a huge plus, you can hang out anywhere on the property and be right in front of the beautiful blue-green Gulf of Mexico while relaxing in the shade. We stayed for eight days, the first four in the Cancun unit, which was a trip. Ticky-tacky furnishings and kind of shabby. My husband has some mobility issues and Cancun was kind of a mishmash of levels and kind of dark and cramped and awkward for him Not terrible, but not luxe, kinda like an old seaside motel. Comfy bed and to be honest, the unit has nice privacy. The price was right, we couldn't believe it was $120 per night.
The next four days we moved to Aruba, which was 1000 times better, tastefully decorated, light, open and much newer. Richard the owner told us it was his favorite, "if I could, I would live in that unit". But he and his sweet wife have a big gorgeous house on the property so he's set up.
We arrived on a Saturday afternoon and got in a swim, the beach was nearly deserted. Ravishing views of every sunset. The entire week it was like that, peaceful and quiet. Some people here have complained about kids, but even though we saw a family with two young boys the first few days, we never heard a peep from them. There is a Publix a few blocks away where I recommend you stock up on fruit and snacks, the kitchens in each unit are well-appointed with nice coffee makers, full-size fridges and freezers, microwaves and all kinds of pots and pans to cook simple meals and salads. There are great restaurants in the area and if you like Indian food the one Indian restaurant features local fish and is excellent. We got takeout twice!
We also loved the outdoor shower, keeps sand from getting in the room. Those people who complained that its water was cold have no clue about what an outdoor shower is for. It wasn't that cold, nothing is cold in south Florida in July :)
The one and only complaint I had, and this is purely subjective for people like us, is on the weekend you get the "weekend warriors", local Floridians staying there and in nearby properties. There were some 20-somethings who liked to "par-TAY!!" and they brought all kinds of junk to the beach, like huge floats they left anchored in the water like giant ugly beer hats and they played bad music and left cigarette butts and plastic crap all over the beach.
This property is very near an amazing bird sanctuary, and when we were there the sea turtle eggs were hatching, there were little nests all over the beach, protected by barriers. It was lovely. Take a boat tour from Cap'n Kathe to see dolphins and manatees. Breathe in the fragrant air and listen to the waves and swim and swim all day and pick up tiny seashells - but DON'T TAKE LIVE ANIMALS LIKE SAND DOLLARS, geez, some people have no respect for nature! Bring a ton of sunscreen because the sun is brutal. And please, if you've come for drunken parties, go somewhere else, you're missing the point of this beautiful oasis.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Angelinos Sea Lodge offers four beachfront cottages right on the Florida Gulf Coast, Anna Maria Island, Holmes Beach. Hidden in a quiet residential street, these beach vacation rentals are quaint, charming, and just a few steps to the white sand and turquoise ocean. All sea lodges have direct ocean views through a subtropical garden of swaying palms and whispering pines.To experience living on the beach and to feel life in harmony with nature at a price that's right for you, take the virtual tour of our beach, garden, and the interior of our four vacation rental units on the beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Angelinos Sea Hotel
- Angelinos Sea Lodge Anna Maria Island/Holmes Beach, FL