My family and I spent one of our best vacations on Longboat Key in this unit. What you see in these photographs is exactly what you get once you are there. It's a second floor unit that faces what would be called bayside but in actuality, you face the parking lot and street. But don't let that turn you off. All you have to do is walk down a flight of stairs and exit right onto a large furnished covered patio which is right on the beach. We ate many meals right there looking out over the ocean. The lazy might want to take the elevator to the lobby and exit onto the patio next to the pool but this unit is closer to the stair well and that's the fastest way to the beach. The pool is the size of a typical backyard in ground pool. It's clear, clean and cool and exits right onto the beach, very convienent. In fact everything about Beachcombers is convienent. The Publix supermarket is right across the street along with other shops. Its actually quicker to walk to it than to drive to. St. Armands is about a ten minute drive down the street. Great shopping for the wife, ice cream for the kids, and good resturants for the evenings you don't want to use the kitchen. If I sound like I'm over hyping this, I might be, but we enjoyed ourselves so much we're already booked at Beachcombers for this years vacation. Except this time we're spending two weeks instead of one. The only disappointment we had was when we tried to reserve this very unit again, it was already rented. The bright side is we decided to upgrade and get an ocean view unit this year. Beachcombers is probably the best bargin on Longboat. You could pay more to rent on Longboat, but you don't have to.