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We are a family of 10 from Ohio: my husband and myself, our four adult sons, three of whom are married and one of whom has an infant son. We spent Thanksgiving week at Golden Sands Emerald and it was PERFECT for our family!
With 5 bedrooms everyone had their own private sleeping quarters, and since the 5th bedroom is in the guest house that's attached to the garage, it made the ideal "slightly removed" arrangement for our son and his wife and the baby. The layout of the main house provided plenty of space for gathering as the whole family, or for being in smaller groups. We appreciated the fact that there were two very large dining tables in different parts of the Great Room. We could gather at one table for family dinners, and have a jigsaw puzzle and also our laptops (for those who had some work to do even on vacation!) set up on the other table.
There was a WIDE choice of leisure activities too. The guys throughly enjoyed reliving some "childhood competition" with games on the Playstation. Meantime, outdoors the tennis court was in great condition, with plenty of rackets and balls. The pool was lovely and we were delighted to find it was salt water rather than harsh chlorine! We also enjoyed the way that the hot tub/spa spills in to the pool, and it was WELL used! In addition it was a delight to walk out the door and across the yard, and out onto a very quiet and uncrowded beach! We especially enjoyed sitting at the table on the deck that overlooks the beach and reading and having morning coffee. There were also "skim boards" and a boogie board to use in the waves, and plenty of beach chairs and beach equipment.
There is a two car garage and plenty of parking in the wide drive way and a private gate between the main road (Highway A1A) and the house complex, so guests can truly "shut themselves off" from the rest of the world.
A few concluding thoughts, my husband is retired Air Force, and it was quite helpful to have the facilities of Patrick AFB only 15 minutes north. Additionally, there is a Walmart and Winn Dixie less than 5 minutes north. The owner Daniel, and the property manager, Zac were extremely easy to contact, and genuinely interested in making sure we had a fabulous vacation. And we did just that! There was not much need to go anywhere else and do anything else; we had all we needed to have a delightful, relaxing family vacation right in the quiet privacy of our own "mini-resort" at Golden Sands Emerald.
It was a perfect way to have my family experience the beach life as it had every amenity, even boogey boards, frisbees, and beach chairs. In fact they had every right to "name it" castaway cottage because it is not just a house and bed to rent. Well equipped and clean. Working with the homeowner was great. Super nice and accommodating. The home was completely remodeled inside and out. Whomever did the remodel really knew "old Florida homes". They brought the terrazzo floors back to life, upgraded all fixtures to match the style of the home, and decorated amazingly. The entire area was clean, and beautiful inside and out. I am going to re-book this every year for my mothers birthday weekend as it was the best family vacation we have ever had.