When you are considering a Florida beach vacation you need to consider the west coast of Florida. The Gulf Coast of Florida has wonderful white sand beaches and the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. If you are looking for kid friendly beaches then the Florida Gulf coast is it the Gulf of Mexico waters are very calm and very shallow compared to the Atlantic Ocean. Most of the time you do not have to worry about the big waves and the undertow that the east coast of Florida has. Kids can play in the warm shallow waters looking for shells and watching the little fish swimming.
If you like to hunt for shells the Florida Gulf Coast has thousands and thousands as you stroll along the beach if you are lucky you will find a sand dollar or even a star fish. One of the most desirable things about the west coast of Florida is the sunsets they are some of the most beautiful in the world. In the early evening you will see everyone come down to the beach to watch the sunset it is a beautiful time to take a walk or just sit with a glass of wine and watch the sun go down. The mornings are also very serene the Gulf is at its calmest in the morning and it is a great time to stroll in the shallow water looking for shells.
When looking for a beautiful Florida beach vacation rental you will have many choices to choose from but take a close look at the Florida Gulf Coast you will find many Gulf view condos that are fit for the family. The weekly rental rates will be listed by season.
12/17/11 to 4/13/12 is high season
4/14/12 to 9/7/12 is low season
9/8/12 to 12/14/12 is value season
When talking to the renter ask about the condition of the condo such as what is the condition of the appliances has the flooring been updated how old are the beds and so on. You will want to make sure the condo is setup with everything you need such as everything you will need for making meals, clean towels, beach chairs and loungers, beach toys for the kids an umbrella is nice to setup by the water. If you like swimming in a pool you might want to take that into consideration you will want to ask if the pool is heated or not.
You will also want to check what kind of shopping and restaurants are nearby. Many Gulf Coast beaches have great fresh seafood restaurants and also fun entertainment for the family such as putt putt golf. To help you get around you will find the Beach Trolley it is an inexpensive, fun, easy, and convenient way to get around. The Suncoast Beach Trolley runs from Clearwater Beach (north), to Pass-A-Grille (south), and stops at specially marked “Trolley Stop” locations along the entire Gulf Blvd. route (except Belleair Beach and Belleair Shores). The Beach Trolley picks-up passengers every 20 to 30 minutes, from 5:05 a.m. to 10:10 p.m., Monday through Sunday (including holidays), with service until midnight on Friday and Saturday.
Ask for lots of pictures of the condo and the beach in front to make sure it suits your needs. Make sure you bring lots of sunscreen and a beach hat as the sun in Florida is very strong.