OK but let down slightly by the location A review of Tropical Shores Beach Resort
We stayed here for 2 nights in November 2004. We did not pre-book and walked in on the off-chance and managed to get the one remaining efficiency which was on a block opposite the main road. The room was a reasonable size. It had a kitchenette with large fridge, a dining table & chairs, a small sofa and a TV. However, the bathroom was very small. There are no food outlets in Sara Sea Circle, I'm not sure if any of the other hotels on this complex had in-house restaurants but if they did they weren't open to non-residents and we were advised at reception to go into the vilage. There are, however, a couple of restaurant across the road; French, Italian and one other which I can't remember and there is a 7-11 within walking distance which is good for coffee and Danish in the morning. The beach was a two minute stroll down a private brick path and was pretty good, although not a patch on the famous Siesta Key beach a few miles up the road. We found ourselves driving to the Siesta key beach in the day and driving a few miles again in the evening to get into to the village for dinner. To summarise, this was a pretty resort within very nice grounds, although the location and lack of on-site amenities let it down slightly and given the choice I would opt to stay nearer Siesta Key beach and the village in future.
One last thing - don't use the phone in the room to call long distance. We made a 4 minute call back to the UK and they charged us $58 at reception when we booked out the next day. That's extortion!