Great house in non-touristy area
This house fit us great, with my wife and I, plus 2 teens and 2 tweens. We had just the right amount of room, and the great room was a great place to meet to watch a movie on the big, flat screen. The pool was big, but unfortunately not very warm due to the weather. Deck and dock were nice, and I could see how fishing would be good. It would have been nice if the house had some sand toys available. We ended up buying some in a local store, and leaving them. The private beach was small, and is a bit of a hike if you are taking sand toys, or a cooler. It was an easy car drive, and the guards were always nice. The younger kids took advantage of it a few times. Found a few good restaurants for the nights were were around the house, and not cooking. Expect 10-15 minute drive for them.
I'd recommend this house if all you want to do is sit on the beach, fish, boat, or if you don't like being in touristy areas. New Port Richey is definitely not touristy. Tampa, Clearwater, St Petersburg were always at least a 30 minute drive due to distance and/or traffic. Rte 19 is very heavily traveled, and Rte 589 is a tollway ($2.75 to Tampa, $2.50 back). Howard Beach is okay, but not great. We ended up in Tampa (twice), Clearwater, and St Petersburg due to weather not being cooperative, and nothing going on around New Port Richey on New Year's Eve. Thus we did much driving. The New Year's Eve fireworks in Clearwater were okay, as was the Alamo Bowl parade. The manatee viewing site near Apollo Beach was great, and so was the Salvador Dali museum. Also recommend Rusty Bellies restaurant if you like someone to cook your seafood for you, and Trinity Seafood on Little Rd if you like fresh seafood that you cook yourself.
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