Apt #3: The beachfront studio unit on the second floor has a private deck that you can sit out on and enjoy the cool sea breezes and read a book. Guests like the private stairs going down to the beach. Queen sized bed and complete kitchen, free wi fi and unforgetable views... this is just the place for a couple to get away.
Apt #5: You can't get any closer to the beach in this ground floor studio apartment. Lie in bed and watch the palms sway in the breeze and the emerald green waves on the Gulf. Walkout your door and you are steps from the water. All the comforts of home with a full kitchen and dining for two by the beach side window. This is the secluded side of the house with an entrance all your own. Private sitting area with boardwalk to the beach from this beach Suite.
Curtis Westphal: My Dad was a fighter pilot in Viet Nam. When he went off to war I was about 16. We stayed here with my grandparents. The beach is a wonderful place and made even more special staying at grandma's place. We learned to sail a Hobie Cat, experienced the full force of mother nature when a hurricane passed near by, and grew up in the slow pace of a small beach town where you know your neighbors. (Just don't let your cat wonder onto the beach. Tourist think its lost and take it home.)
I lived here from Junior High, High School, and went off to college in Gainesville where I met my wife, Kathy. When we graduated we went out west to visit relatives in Colorado where we settled and have raised 2 boys. It was satisfying to see them get the same pleasure of going to the beach that I had as a kid. They are alway introducing me to new adventures. In this picture Kathy and I are about to go up in this biplane once owned by Randolph Hurst to get back and forth to mansion in California. It was their treat for my 50th birthday. What a one of a kind way to see the barrier islands flying low along the shore just like the seagulls and pelicans. Hope you find your own kind of fun in the sun. Enjoy our family place in Florida.
My grandparents moved down here from New Orleans and turned the house and carriage house into 6 vacation rentals. They did this for 40 years. They turned over the keys to Kathy and me so it stays in the family for the next generation to enjoy sharing with great guests that come back year after year.
Location, Location, Location You will be vacationing on the closest beach to Tampa airport while also secluded from the vacation crowds. We are located in 'The Narrows', so named by the local settlers of the 1920's because the barrier island is so skinny here that there is only room for a single row of homes. The emerald green waters of the Gulf are out your front door and and yachts cruising the channel are out your back door. Water surrounds you like no where else with fantastic tropical views and a true island feeling. Our many repeat guests tell us that this is the most coveted spot on the 12 miles of world class beaches between Clearwater and St Petersburg.