Wide White Beach/Soft Sand A review of Vistas on the Gulf
If you love soft, white sand, a wide beach and walking beside the ocean, this is the Best Location for a vacation on St. Petes Beach. We have been renting in the St. Petes/Sarasota area for over 30 years and choose Vistas on the Gulf because it is a new building directly on the south end of St. Petes Beach. (No crossing the street with all your stuff!!) The Vistas is small and friendly which means you can walk quickly to the beach without having to go through a formal lobby or have to endure a long wait for elevators. We loved walking south on the sand, past the Don Cesar to have breakfast or lunch at the seaside cafe - a very peaceful walk seeing beautiful private homes. Walking north toward the busy section of St. Petes Beach you can rent all types of water sports equipment, people watch, or stop in for a drink at many of the hotel's beach bars and restaurants. Our condo faced the street side, not gulf front, which turned out to be a wonderful surprise - having four large windows across the entire condo. The sunrise through these windows is beautifully blinding and all day you can see the Intercoastal Waterway. Although our balcony was "street side", we felt we were docked beside a pretty pink cruise ship with its white balconys (Don Cesar Beach Suites). You're a close drive to all the popular Florida attractions from St. Petes. If shopping's your thing, the Prime Outlets Mall is a lovely drive over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge to Ellenton for bargins. If it's upscale you like, go to the International Mall beside Tampa airport. Our "end unit" condo also provided us with spectacular sunsets as we opened our front door. You can sit along the deck facing the sunset into the water and the north beach, or of course head down to "sunset on the sand". This end unit provides an almost a total panoramic view of St. Petes and the Beach!! The swimming pool is at the south side of the building, leaving beautiful sand dunes directly in front. The pool area is small, by my standards, but very clean. If I were still looking after little kids, a smaller pool is better. We're beach lovers, so we just walked by the pool on our way to the beach. Having a washer and dryer in the condo and having a hotel-type linen service is fantastic. I could go on and on about the Vistas on the Gulf, but I'll conclude with this endorcement - we loved it so much, we bought one!!!