i've been visting the blake since i was very young, atleast five. My grandmother is very good friends with Ms. blake. However, we have not been very recently to due to family problems, i very much hope to return this summer! I've hade great experiences there my whole life, and just because it itsn't right on the beach, it is literally right across the steet. Many places near by in walking distance, amusement partks, bars, teen nights, shopping, food, ice-cream, anything you can think of. And not to mention all the amazing restaurants. & if you rent a car, Broadway On The Beach is very close. It may not be a 5 star hotel, but it's well worth your money and a nice place to stay.