After staying at Casa 3 years ago, I knew I'd be back. All I wanted for my 50th birthday was to celebrate with my dearest friends at Casa. I got my wish this past week. Some fantastic additions have been made since we were here in 2011 and we were more than pleased. The outdoor grilling area & new furnishings on the screened in porch made cook out time a whole group affair!! The pool & Tiki Bar are still my favorite places - other than the most spacious kitchen where I wasn't allowed to cook or clean this time around. Taking the pontoon out to Passage Key is a memory none of us will soon forget. You can't take a step in the shallow waters without stepping on sand dollars or other shells. We saw 3 different kinds of bait fish swim literally right by us. So close the Pelicans making their dive to feed were less than 10 ft. away. We were in awe!! Seeing the manatees feed right off our private beach was like seeing old friends. We had a little rain each day - the norm here - but it didn't last long. At least 3 mornings in a row we were graced with rainbows to go along with our morning coffee. I wanted to share my "happy place" with my longtime friends & they treated me very special. They are all now as in love with Casa Encantada as I am. It won't be 3 years until I come back again...see you soon Capt. Julie!!!