We so much like this side of Florida better. Less traffic, less crowded beaches and the Atlantic is warmer and much more beautiful. Anyone familiar with the ocean knows that it is different every day. And that makes the beach different every day too. It's glorious here. The water is warm, even in March and you can enter the ocean anywhere...no rocks except down by Marriott Hotel, no coral reefs. Somedays it's calm enough to swim, other days the waves are a riot. But do watch your children when there are waves especially when the tides going out. Sitting in your chair with three little ones at the shore is a no no. You need to be standing at the ocean's edge with them. Last year we stayed on the north side and this year on the south side. I like the south better because the balcony stays sunny and the unit is then brightly lit. My husband likes the north side better because it overlooks the pool and gardens owned by the condo behind it. . The empty lot on the south side is owned by the city and provides access to the beach which is public. I'm told it will never be built on, so the views on both sides will remain expansive and allow the new sunset tower good views of the ocean also. We were delighted to see that they are putting in sidewalks on both sides of Ocean Blvd and improving the drainage, but the construction barrels that were up were still very annoying and Florida construction workers don't seem to know how to let the traffic take turns when there is only one lane open. The units were still in tip top shape after two years of heavy use. Even though there was 100% occupancy while we were there, there were few people at the pool and plenty of space and chairs everywhere including the beach. With all the new restaurants close by, we didn't have to wait to be seated this year. I love having the huge supply of beach towels in our room and all the personal products needed. Most vacation condo's do not provide these things. Marriott even gives you coffee filters and coffee and real half and half. A real class act. Next year we are not going to let the rental agency talk us out of a compact car because some of the parking places are for compacts only. There is never a shortage of parking, but you have to wind your way up higher to find a big one. We are already booked for next March.
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