Over the years my wife and I have stayed at numerous motels and condos and have walked the beaches of Hawaii, the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, Grand Cayman, Sanibel & Captiva, Ft. Myers, Gulf Shores, Belize, Honduras, Cozumel, and others. But in 2004, we found our favorite vacation spot...the beach at Indian Shores, Florida...which is located on the barrier islands just west of Tampa.
Talk about GREAT weather and GREAT accomodations...THIS is the place!! Everything is easy to find, and many fine eating establishments are nearby. Best of all, it's ON THE BEACH! No crossing the street, and in 200 to 250 feet, you're in the water!
Our favorite condo is #303 at the Chateaux Condominiums, located at 19440 Gulf Blvd. What makes it stand out is that the owners actually use this condo themselves for the month of July, so it is fully stocked with pots and pans, dishes, utensils, glasses, etc., and it is the only one with an extra toilet and sink in the walk-in closet...so it is actually a 1 bedroom, 1.5 bath condo. However, if it's not available for you, we have stayed in other condos at this location, and all are great! Please see the picture below, and click on the slide show tab to see more: