"Close to the beach, bike to shops & restaurants"
We stayed in the motel, upper level and had great views of the water & sunsets. 1st wk of March was very quiet and peaceful. Laundry room behind office - bring quarters. Clotheslines available at cottages and motel (some clothespins, bring more). Shell washing tables avail. (motels is behind dumpster). So close to the water, super convenient! We bought chairs but didn't need to, used their chairs more. Awesome shelling, especially after a storm. Nice beach, can't go wrong anywhere along West Gulf, but some places had a big drop-off to the water. Shalimar area is nice and flat. Rented bikes from front desk, which are Finnimore's. Loved having bikes to go to breakfast, lunch, Tarpon Bay (kayaking), Ding Darling reserve, exploring, shopping, etc. Free coffee in morning in office. Movies, books, computer & printer to use if needed. Towel exchange, sheets, extra shampoo, etc. We stayed 8 nights and had one cleaning day. They do a great job cleaning. You can easily add a hide a bed to motel room and not feel squished. The area in front of motel is natural area, so no people right outside your rooms. Pool area is nice, they have Friday night happy hour occasionally. For the most part, retired folks. A few families near the end of our stay as it got closer to spring break. Bring a lanyard for your room keys. Thermo mug for coffee or beach drinks. Dishes in room are glass. Grill available for cooking. Hose to wash sand off your feet & sandals. Hope to return!
Traveller from Minnesota