This was our first visit to this part of Florida. We stayed in a third floor unit, 315. The unit matched the pictures posted on the website. Updated kitchen and appliances. The condo had a florida feel.... all white, mirrors and light laminate floors. it always looked clean with our sometimes sandy feet. It was very large, impeccably clean and well-equipped for anything we might want to cook. Refrigerator was full-size side-by-side. Cooler was available for trips to beach. We had a full to partial view of the Gulf/beach. It was the perfect view for morning coffee or evening cocktails. If we wanted to get closer to the beach, it was just a quick walk down the stairs and the beach was RIGHT there, so can't complain about our view/location. Sunsets were amazing! Close proxmity to the grills and the pool. The office was quick to offer suggestions for local activities, rentals and restaurants. The ocean varied from complete calm to big waves while we were there. Lots of turtle eggs nests. One night there was a hatching release. That was incredible for our family to witness. Residents/visitors at Sand Cay were friendly and fun. While we came in July and knew it might be quite steamy, it was worth it. Condo airconditioning worked perfectly and we were kept cool when we were out of the sun. Grounds were maintained beautifully and the handyman was available if anything needed attention. Would love to visit again during regular season.
Personal recommendations: Harry's for take out gourment sandwiches, salads. Super wine selection too. On the way into town, on Cortez Rd, right before the bridge to get to the island, we stopped at Starfish Company. By far, the best fresh seafood we had all week. Calamari, peel and eat shrimp, grouper...couldn't compare to anything else we had. Very fun and casual place. Order at counter. Bayside view. If you plan to grill at the condo, I'd recommend getting your fish from the market at Starfish. I saw some fish still flopping as they fileted it, prior to putting it into the case. FRESH! Also enjoyed The Old Salty Dog just south of condos a few miles down, for a casual lunch. Mar Vista Dockside was good too. We even saw dolphins in the bay after our dinner. Date night dinner at Dry Dock Waterfront Grill.
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