This past week our family slipped away for a 5 day getaway to Sanibel Island. This was our best family vacation yet!
Last week I posted about my new love of non-box hotel rooms after my stay at Global Resorts! What do I mean? With a family of 6, staying in a 1 room hotel room with a bed or 2 beds is just not my idea of a vacation at all. I won’t go into a rant …. let’s just say I like to spread out and not be so “boxed in”. Now, finding a deal on such a place may seem difficult. NOT TRUE! If you look and plan, you can find some really awesome deals. This past week we headed to Sanibel Island. We had a two bedroom condo that ended up costing us less than most 1 room hotel/motel rooms. And, since we live in Florida, the travel costs were low. No planes or trains involved.
We stayed at the Beach Road Villas on the Island. We were steps from the beach. Our backyard had a canal with Gulf access. We were able to park our boat right at our own private dock!
Our backyard featured a hammock-where I spent most of the early evenings reading. The “garage” areas were full of toys- from bikes to boogie boards, sand pails, wagons, and more. All included in our stay. Bananas grew from trees – perfect for breakfast smoothies.
Inside we had 2 large bedrooms, a full kitchen, 1.5 baths, a large pullout couch, washer and dryer, board games, tv’s with dvd players, cable, a huge porch upstairs and down. I could go on and on.
We left for vacation a day earlier than we originally planned. We grabbed a hotel room in Tampa – YES it was a box room. I didn’t have a choice this time. To give you a price comparison, the box hotel room located in Tampa, about 7 miles from the beach was $100.81 after tax. Sanibel’s Beach Road Villa’s are as low as $125.30. Check out the rate page then click on ONLINE SPECIAL to see how you can snag the BEST deal. So, for $25 more than we paid for the box-room, we got beach access, hammocks, canal, 1250 square feet, toys, boat slip, full kitchen, 2 bedrooms + a pull out couch – SO WORTH IT! AND, if you go with another family – you can slice that price in half. There is a pull out couch for the kiddos or plenty of floor space for air mattresses!
Also-there is plenty to do on the island without spending a dime. Birdwatching, relaxing, shelling – yes Sanibel is the sea shell capital of the world, geocaching, fishing, and so much more. I suggest bringing your food to save even MORE money!
Want to see one of my kids FAVORITE parts of the trip? Martha the manatee was VERY friendly and stayed right at our dock!
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A HUGE Thank you to Beach Road Villas!!