We had a nice stay at the Tarpon Tale July 6-13. We booked the Tropical Bird . The cottage was very clean and cute- king bedroom with french doors to our private patio with tropical flowers and foliage and crushed shell paths around the property. There was a full kitchen with sofa bed in the connected living area, large step in shower in the bathroom. (Towels were yukky though-old and stained and some upkeep issues in the cottage-broken handles on microwave, burned out bulbs in lamps, holes in couch, but nothing too terrible.) We had a small plumbing issue that was taken care of immediately when we called and the owner was friendly. The property had almost everything you would need to enjoy a lazy beach vacation-laundry room with extra linens and towels, and sundries-in case you forgot something. There was a common area (office) with a computer ,snack mix , a closet of DVDs and videos for guest use, and a bottle of wine in case the need hit ya. Outside there was a covered spa-too hot out!!, beach chairs, and umbrellas for beach use and a bike rack with several old bikes- no kid bikes however-you must rent those or bring your own. When we arrived, there was a welcome letter pinned on the bulletin board in the "office" and the owners were available by phone as we had some questions, but as previous reviews had stated, no one is really around which is a little different. You have to look around yourself. We kind of liked the peace and quiet, but I could see where some guests may feel put off by the lack of hospitality. We hit the beach almost immediately, which is a short walk if you just take yourselves, but a long walk to carry all the "stuff" like chairs, etc.Luckily the Inn is located in a quiet part of town and the Buttonwood beach access is only three blocks away.( It really is not worth it to pay to park at the other beach access areas)-we found shelling to be great there. Some words of advice_ Take bottled water!!!! And food!!! There is really no good place to go to the store to get things- the little store across the street is pretty tiny and expensive- we stopped in Ft. Myers before we came and picked up some snacks, produce, and milk. the water tasted terrible to us in Sanibel so it was nice to have our own. The property has a gas grill , so we also brought some steaks and dogs and had a nice dinner on the cheap one night- expect to pay about 30- 70 bucks for each basic meal out for family of three. All the food we had out was delicious- Lighthouse cafe and Sanibel Bean for breakfast, Island pizza Co. was awesome, Lazy Flamingo and Cantina Captiva for lunch, and amazing dinners at Jacaranda and Timbers. Best chowder and dessert at Blue Giraffe. Shell museum was cool and wonderful dolphin cruise at Captiva Tarpon Bay tours. This vacation was nice and the Tarpon Tale is a good value if you like being independent and don't mind a little wear and tear.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Tarpon Tale Inn is a charming, family run property on the east end of Sanibel, a short walk from the island's famous shelling beaches, the lighthouse and the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. Each of our cottage style accommodations has its own distinct character, and range from cozy efficiencies to spacious one bedroom suites. We hope you'll choose the Tarpon Tale Inn as your home on Sanibel. You'll find the Florida you're looking for! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tarpon Tale Hotel Sanibel Island