19 November 2011

Madeira Beach, FL, USA

We’ll drive from Tim’s Lake to Toronto, where we’ll overnight. An early morning flight on Sunday will take us to Orlando, FLORIDA and from there we’ll drive a rental car to Madeira Beach. It’s about a 2 hour trip. 

Earl has rented a beach condo at Madeira Vista for February and we’ll join him there for a week. Sue will be arriving the day before we leave and she’ll also spend a week with Earl. We plan on using some of this time to locate another vacation rental suitable for us and Earl and hopefully return sometime in February or March of 2012 for a more extended stay. 

The STAY Most of our time was spent at the condo, wandering the beach or sitting by the pool .... walking, reading, swimming, napping, eating, drinking wine. Earl’s unit has all the conveniences, 2 bed 2 bath, nice kitchen, with big windows overlooking the ocean. It’s clean and fairly quiet. The pool is small but you could do laps, a couple of dozen loungers and a few tables with umbrellas line the deck area. There is an area at the ocean side for barbequing and the management provides a few chairs for the beach. Some vehicles can be stored under roof and there are additional outdoor parking spots. 

This strip of beach is built up with mostly lower level condos, not exceeding a dozen floors. The buildings are mostly a few decades old but there is a scattering of newer ones, with the odd private home and smaller vacation rental inserted between. The immediate area provides basic shopping, restaurants, bars and pubs, boat and bike rentals etc. The beach is quite pleasant ... white powdery sand and mostly flat. Long walking distances provide exercise and a resident pod of Dolphins provide frequent entertainment. The municipality groomes the beach frequently and it’s kept quite clean.

Madeira Beach Photography

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