There comes a time in your life when the ocean calls your name, at least if you've been there before. If not, then maybe you don't know what I'm talking about and a trip to the ocean is in order. Either way, the ocean has called my name many times before. The warmth of the sun, sand between my toes and the smell of that sweet and salty ocean is incomparable to anything else. Every few years (and more if I can) I have to fill that need, and have placed a love for the ocean in my children's hearts as well. Memories of endless sandcastle building and boogie boarding until your belly can't handle anymore are things my children will never forget.
Here in landlocked Kentucky there aren't any oceans nearby so we have a few options as to where to travel. Keeping in mind mileage and time spent in the car, you can head south to the Gulf of Mexico to Florida beaches or head to the Atlantic on the East Coast. For this Family Friendly Travel destination, we chose the Gulf's white beaches for our family vacation, more specifically Panama City Beach.
Budget Friendly Tip: For our family, finding a place that offers a full kitchen much like a home is often more budget friendly. We shop our local grocery and pack coolers of food before we travel. Stores seem to be a lot pricier in Florida.
Looking from the Beach Up!
We chose the Treasure Island
Condominium complex. The location was absolutely fabulous and the condo provided everything we needed to feel like home in paradise for a week.
People say the heart of the home is the kitchen, and I couldn't agree more. Having a full sized kitchen is a bonus during a family vacation. This condo provided plenty of pots, pans and dishes to serve our family of four, but could serve more. Serving your family while looking at the ocean certainly has its perks, and makes these everyday type tasks not seem as laborious. I'm very picky when it comes to kitchen items and the cleanliness of appliances. The coffee maker wasn't as clean as I would have liked it, so we picked up a cheap "travel" coffee maker to take with us when we go on vacation.
Budget Friendly Tip: Plan on cooking most meals while on vacation and keep eating-out to only special "lunches". If you're looking to try some of the local dives (more on those later) try lunch menus as they seem to be less expensive than their full dinner offerings.
Master Bedroom that looks out over the ocean.
Of course, a proper vacation means somewhere to rest your head. The rooms provided to be comfortable, including a television (if you choose to add a little TV downtime) and drawers for your clothing. My favorite part was waking up to the gorgeous ocean just by looking out of the balcony window from the bed.
A double sink master bathroom with a dual head shower is featured as well as a full walk in closet. There is also another toilet room to the left.
The living room/den overlooking the ocean view. The view from here and the balcony is breathtaking. Really, it is perfect. I couldn't have asked for a better view.
The couch is a sofa sleeper that will be replaced soon as we were told from the owner. We didn't need this sleeping room, but agree that it could be replaced if you were to need it for someone to sleep on.
Another view of the living area.
The condo offers a lovely kitchen dining set that seats six, but to be honest I spent almost every meal on that balcony just taking in the sight of the ocean.
A view of the pool, zoomed in from our very high balcony.
The pool from ground level right before the sun set.
I have to admit we are total beach bums, but we truly enjoyed this pool in the evening. It was very clean, plenty of seating for everyone and one of the largest pools I have ever been in. The grounds crew at Treasure Island seems to be on the ball because we saw no garbage in or around the pool or beach area in front of the condo. It was very well maintained.
I also loved the short walk to the beach just past the pool area.
Covered parking garage in front of the lobby for loading and unloading your car. Luggage carts and large elevators made it easy to unload our car and head up to the condo in one trip! Bonus for hubby!
Sunset photo taken from the pool area.
View from our balcony.
Riding the waves!
All in all this was a great vacation had by our entire family. We would absolutely travel back to the Treasure Island Vacation Rentals
in Panama City Beach. The complex was wonderful, this specific condo catered to our needs and we can't wait to go back again soon.
If your family is planning a trip for next summer, book early
with Mr. Steve Carr, owner of this vacation rental
. Working with him was a breeze and he was much more personable and accommodating than working with the complex directly or with a travel agent. Mr. Carr truly cares that you have a wonderful experience and wants to be sure you're happy with your stay. You can't find many rental places that you can say the same about, most of them are just concerned with numbers in and numbers out.
Stay tuned for more from our trip to Panama City Beach, Florida. We have some must eat places to share with you!
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