We’re heading back, no doubt…
My family of 3 stumbled across Fish Cove while searching for a vacation destination in Florida. It really looked too good to be true, but I can assure you that it delivered and surpassed every expectation we had set!
I worked to plan our visit for at least a year before our trip. Mr. McWilliams was such a blessing in providing details regarding local cuisine, shopping, and activities. He was very welcoming when I reserved and I always felt comfortable emailing and asking any question/inquiry I had.
The beach at Fish Cove is superb (beautiful is an understatement). Everyday, we swam and walked the beach. Oftentimes, dolphins and manatees swam near us!!! We loved the private beach as it was quiet and secluded; it was never too crowded or noisy as public beaches can be. The sunsets are breathtaking! My family scheduled professional beach photos and the sunset in the background is always the first thing people comment on when they see the pictures.
Our favorite dining restaurants included Captain Curt’s and Walt’s Fish Market; although, our ultimate favorite place was Casey Key’s (the pan-seared tuna filet was better than steak). We took a day and drove down the coast visiting Venice Beach where we hunted for fossilized shark teeth (and even got to see a hammerhead shark that had washed up onto the beach after being fatally injured). We checked out the light houses at Boca Grande.
We will be returning soon, but for two weeks back to back. One week was simply just not enough time to rest and relax in such a peaceful paradise…
Rachel G from Missouri - July 2016
Thank you for everything – we returned home sun tanned, relaxed and shells in hand. What a perfect week. Best weather we’ve ever experienced in Siesta Key. Thanks for everything. We’re looking forward to a great year with family and new granddaughter. We wanted to let you know we probably won’t be coming down next year. It’s our 50th anniversary and we’ve decided to treat the family to a vacation in Hawaii together. When we can figure it out tho, we certainly want to come back the following year if not sooner. Happy holidays to you both and our sincere thanks again for sharing your wonderful home.
Suzanne K from Maryland - December 2016
Just a quick note to let you know we thoroughly enjoyed the condo – it is an awesome condo. When I get a chance will send you some pics of the sunsets and of the manatees in the inlet behind the condo, they played every day.
I met the girls in the office and they are all very courteous and friendly and helpful, it was a lovely stay for us.
We really enjoyed our stay at the condo – wanted you to know that and we would love to rent.
Betty from Georgia - November 2016
The Perfect Place for our Vacation
Your condo was a perfect place for our vacation. Great accommodations! Can see the attention to detail. It was so easy for my older parents to get around and they really enjoyed the patio. The views were spectacular! Dad loved having a choice of the cove or beach to fish.
Also, we really appreciated the document you created. It came in handy, especially when deciding on food. We tried some of the dining recommendations and agreed with your choices.
We hope to be back in the Spring and will look to contact you soon with another week.
Thank you so much for providing such a lovely place.
Stephanie from Florida - October 2016
Fabulous Condo, View, Area – Best of the Best
Our stay at Paul’s condo was great from Day 1. Our condo was impeccable. I am very picky with where I stay and this was beyond my expectation of cleanliness. The condo had everything we could think of available to us. The beds were so comfortable and as well as the linens. They really put a lot of care into this home and it shows.
After making the reservation, Paul sent an email with detailed information and tips for the area that were amazing! They really made our trip memorable as we traveled like a local. I would rent this place again tomorrow if I didn’t have to work. I cannot say enough good things about it. The view is breathtaking from even the kitchen and unit was very quiet sound. we never heard a neighbor.
Property is immaculate as well and the management company is very helpful. We found so many shells and sanddollars we needed to buy a tote to bring them home. This was by far the most relaxing and memorable vacation I have had in a long time. Thank you to Paul and the management company for making this feel like home away from home.
Lisa L from Delaware - August 2016
There were four of us staying at your condo – it was marvelous. Each bedroom had it’s own bathroom, the beds were very comfortable. Sitting in the balcony room was like sitting on the beach, without the heat. The tempered glass railing was a wonderful feature. When you are sitting at the table there aren’t any rails to block your view. I believe it’s the only condo that offers that amenity.
Paul suggested wonderful restaurants to eat at and all were right on the money. Our favorites were Ophelia’s, Turtles (not the one on the bay, didn’t eat there), Anna’sDeli for sandwiches, Clayton’s, and Toasted Mango for breakfast. Should we have the opportunity to return to Siesta Key we would definitely rebook the same condo.
Audrey B - July 2016
Thank you so much Paul, for everything. With the information you gave us, you turned a great vacation into a exceptional one. My daughter found over 300 sharks teeth at Manasota Beach. We also spent two days at Casey Key Jetty, what a beautiful place.
Your condo was really comfortable and so pretty, best place on the beach. Most of all your continued contact went above and beyond what we could have expected. Know that you and your wife are in our prayers both now and in the future. I know she is in good hands, yours, her physicians and the Lords. We will plan another visit and hopefully be able to stay at your place again. If I can ever be of service to you and yours, just let me know. Bless you, Mike
Mike C from Tennessee - May 2016
My wife Karen and I recently spent a week in this beautiful condo which was exactly as described. The views from the Linai at sunset were fantastic. It was our first visit to Sarasota and we had a great time. Lots of great restaurants in the area and the pub which is less than half a mile is very nice. We went there several times.
Paul supplied us with a whole list of restaurants and we would have to stay for a month to visit them all. We did some traveling around the area up the coast and ate out mostly except for breakfast. Being from Canada and Toronto Blue jay fans we were lucky enough to catch a game of the season opening series against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg. Unfortunately the Jays lost.
Paul is very interested in his tenants and called us on the evening we arrived to make sure everything was OK and we got checked in and called again mid week to make sure we did not have any problems. Overall great experience and would definitely stay here in the future if we get back to Sarasota and highly recommend this condo. We did not see any other condos in the complex but I doubt any are a nice as this one.
Gary and Karen from Canada - April 2016
This is simply the perfect place to get away. Everything you could need for groceries, fun activities and any kind of shopping is just minutes away by car. Once you are at the condo though, you may never want to leave. Open the windows and sliders of your on-land, cruise ship like balcony and feel the gulf to bay breezes day and night. Watch the porpoises, full moon, fishermen and phenomenal sunsets from the lanai.
The beach, though lacking the powdery sand to the North, is practically private with excellent swimming, shelling and miles to walk in either direction. We much preferred the quiet, neighborhood feel of this area to the bustle and traffic towards Siesta Key Village.
There are 3 restaurants within a very short walk of the condo. Paul is so helpful, he will provide detailed, written information about the area and the condo prior to your arrival. His call to make sure everything was in order after we arrived was a nice welcome. The condo is very comfortably furnished (master bed was bliss), clean and freshly painted. The kitchen is well equipped: small cooler, insulated coffee mugs, array of pans and tools, blender, plenty of dishes and glassware. The elevator and stairs are 1 unit away – close but not next to – was great. We loved our stay in this condo – it was perfect relaxation!
Jane from Connecticut - April 2016
We recently had a wonderful, relaxing vacation in Siesta Key. This was our second year staying at this condo and we were just as happy this year as last. In fact, before leaving, we booked again for next year! We love the Sarasota area, there’s so much to do and the location of the condo is perfect…literally right on the beach. Phenomenal views, well-maintained, nothing to worry about…and Paul and Sherri are kind enough to provide lots of guidance regarding the area, things to do, and places to eat which is so very helpful for a traveler…eliminates lots of stress in an unfamiliar locale.
Matt from Florida - September 2015
We just spent a week at this Condo and had a wonderful experience. The place was beautifully decorated, very comfortable, clean and, the kitchen equipped to the max! The view from the Lanai is gorgeous! Also, we tried a few of the restaurants the owner suggested being our favorite Dolce Italy where the food is authentic Italian and truly delicious…I will definitively consider this property when vacationing in Sarasota
Ada C - August 2015
We loved this condo!
We loved this condo! The owners were very helpful giving us tons of information from where to eat to other beaches , where to find shark teeth and shells. It is a beautiful place and for my first visit to Florida it did not disappoint . Everything you need is there. We will definitely be renting from Paul and Sherri again. See ya soon.
Bobby and Karen from Kentucky - June 2015
We had a fantastic experience here. It was our first trip to Florida and did not disappoint. The views from the condo are breathtaking – what a treat to be able to watch the sunset every night, either from the apartment or right on the beach.
The beach is lovely, and is located far enough from the main downtown area, but close enough to walk to many restaurants. It’s also close to Sarasota, and other local attractions. The owner was so helpful and kind in making sure that we enjoyed ourselves and got the most out of our experience — it was greatly appreciated! We travelled with two young children, and they loved being able to swim in the heated pool in December. Coming from Iceland, it was a definite treat. I highly recommend this place.
Jessica R from Iceland - December 2014
100% – you can’t get closer to the Ocean than this!
For any British or European holidaymakers looking at this unit and wondering about what sort of experience you’re going to get, rest assured. It’s a fantastic place with $million$ views – you couldn’t get a better view of the Ocean. The condo is super, with a roomy balcony to sit out on and enjoy the sunsets with your “G&T’s” or Margaritas.
The location is ideal for exploring the Gulf Coast, especially around Sarasota and even Tampa or St Petersburg – even down to Fort Myers if you fancy a drive. We’re regular visitors to Florida and you’d find this place hard to beat.
We enjoyed the Myakka River State Park (several times), kayaking around the local wildlife park, Ringling/Barnum & Bailey Circus in Tampa, plus even a very long day trip to Disney in Orlando, but really you don’t need to move very far at all for a perfect relaxing holiday. A tip regarding flights – take a direct flight to Orlando and drive from there. It’s only a couple of hours and far easier than changing planes via a US hub airport. We flew Virgin from Manchester – it’s about as easy as a transatlantic flight can be. Thanks to the owners Paul & Sherri – wish we could be there all winter!
Greg and Eileen from the U.K. - December 2014
We really enjoyed this condo. It was everything we needed and a great location! Loved how close the beach was and all the shells. Will definitely return. The owner was very helpful in giving us restaurants and attractions in the area since this was a first time for us in area.
From Ohio - September 2014
This is all you need!
Love, Love, Love This amazing place! We stayed for a week in this lovely Condo and had so much fun! The ocean was warm and clean, views are gorgeous by day or night. We wanted a laid back vacay and this was perfect.
Spent a day in Siesta Key, the beach sand is very pretty, however, we could not wait to get back to our own slice of heaven! The home owner was gracious and informative giving us the inside scoop on restaurants and markets. We especially liked Demarcos Italian! The other couple we were with felt the same way…very hard to leave. I highly recommend Fisherman’s Cove and Turtle Beach, you will not be disappointed!!
Beach Lover from New York - July 2014
Great Condo! Great Location!
As stated in the title, the condo was in great condition….all that you could ask for! It was a fabulous place that we really enjoyed!!! While the pictures in the listing are good, the actual view is 10 times better!!!
Paul, the owner goes out of his way to give great “local scoop” on the unit …and the food, drink, and fun in the area!
Our only negitive to the stay came at 8:45 on our last morning when the cleaning lady opened our door and walked right in while we were trying to get out, insisting that she was cleaning and that it was 9am. Somewhat rude, but sure she deals with a lot of vacationers! *Check out is 9am SHARP though! Highly recommend the condo, and have already recommended it to my friends!!! [this was addressed immediately, and it has not happened since]
Also recommend Cannon’s Marina (April) on Longboat Key!!! Rented a boat for 4 days and able to dock it right at the condo’s boat dock each night!!!! Captain Curt’s Crab & Oyster Bar was excellent with great seafood and service, as was the pizza from City Pizza that delivers! We would not recommend Turtle Beach Pub Restaurant, terrible service and below average food. ~thats a shame because it’s close enough to walk! Ophelia’s on the Bay is close too, and more upscale dining, it was good but very busy! Over all, we cannot wait to get back!!!
Drew F - June 2014
My wife and I stayed here on our honeymoon and had a wonderful time. The condo was very clean and had all the amenities necessary to make us feel right at home. The location on Turtle Beach (just south of Siesta Beach) was great because of the much smaller crowd. I can’t imagine being any closer to the water either.
The building sits just a few yards away from the water, and when sitting on the third floor lanai (which is AMAZING) you can hardly see the beach beneath you [as shown in the current pictures, the beach is wider now since it was renourished in 2016]. It feels like you are sitting above the water. The views are fantastic, particularly for sunrise and sunset.
The canal running behind the condo is great too, as you can kayak and paddleboard out to the mangroves in search of manatees. The boat ramp where most of the rental companies deliver to is only steps away from the condo which was very convenient.
Per the owners’ suggestion, we ate at the Casey Key Fish House and Demetrio’s during our stay. The pizza at Demetrio’s was excellent, and the Fish House is not to be missed. The casual dockside dining environment was very nice, and I highly recommend the almond crusted snapper. My wife and I greatly enjoyed our stay here and would love to return in the future!
Daniel from Tennessee - June 2014
Great place to stay!
Loved the location – close enough to amenities, yet far enough away for peace and quiet. Very accommodating condo and very clean. Loved the view and the closeness to the beach. It was the perfect place for our family – including our 3 year old and 9 month old. Owner gave some great information about places to eat and visit. Can’t wait to go back again!
Breezy from Tennessee - May 2014
This was by far the nicest Condo we have ever rented. The owner was so helpful and friendly that it felt like home. Clean doesn’t describe it. The views were amazing as well as the overall feel! My son proposed on the beautiful beach to his GF and I will soon become a mother in law!
Mandy B from Ohio - May 2014
We’ve been renting condo’s in St. Pete Beach and Siesta Key for years. We have never encountered an owner as interested in our having a fun relaxing vacation than this one. He provided lots of information on the condo and suggestions for fun in the surrounding area prior to our arrival. We had a couple of questions during our stay and he responded to emails very quickly. The unit was recently remodeled and was comfortable and well appointed. This is a great location, sandwiched nicely between the intracoastal and the gulf. There was a lovely breeze most nights that flowed through the unit and we slept to the sound of the ocean waves. We recommend it highly!!!!
E, R & M from Michigan - April 2014
Our vacation in Siesta Key
Room with a view! We enjoyed our stay. Weather is always a factor when you come from the north and it turned cooler in mid week but we still enjoyed the pool and the beach. Clean and comfortable. We closed the window one night because the sound of the waves were keeping us awake. We would likely come back.
Peggy G - February 2014
The Closest Beachfront Condo to the Gulf of Mexico on Siesta Key
The review title sums up an accurate description of the condo. In addition we enjoyed having two king sized bedrooms (a rare find). We spent many hours on the porch entertaining and watching sunsets and the Gulf of Mexico. The owners are very caring and truly desire for the guests to have a good experience.
Before the trip the owners mailed us a guide telling us about the condo, directions, favorite restaurants and local sights to visit. This was most helpful. Upon arrival there was a cart to help carry our belongings and groceries as well as a working elevator to the third floor.
The condo had just been remodeled and it was clean, well-maintained with all the necessary kitchen equipment for entertaining. The front desk was friendly and helpful. One of our pleasures was walking the beach. In many evenings and on Sunday we especially enjoyed being close to Turtles Restaurant and walking over for dinner and the Sunday brunch. The entire two weeks was a most positive experience and we plan to return.
Fran and John from Oregon - January 2014
Couldn’t get any closer to the beach!
We loved the fact that you are surrounded by water. Great beach combing, uncrowded beaches, incredibly soothing to fall asleep listening to the surf.
Ann S - January 2014
Everything we could have hoped for…and more! Can’t wait to return
One of the greatest vacations our family has enjoyed in years…all thanks to owner’s slice of heaven on earth. Everything was as described & and then some. Prior to arrival the owner sent several pages of basic info regarding the condo and great tips on places to go/things to do. But once you arrive- you never want to leave.
One would be hard pressed to find anything closer to the water. The mesmerizing sound of breaking waves 24/7 was something I’d always hoped to experience, but had never really found…until Fisherman’s Cove. It’s just far enough off the tourist byways to feel secluded. Yet you are close enough to Siesta Beach/Point of Rocks to be there in a few quick minutes (park in lot #12 across from Curt’s Restaurant).
Great restaurants, the Crescent Market, and a local seafood market by 7/11 are equally as close. The condo was immaculate, well appointed, and all in working order (they even had a back-up coffee maker). A good deal of thought has been put in to taking care of any visitor’s wants or needs.
Spectacular remodel. Our favorite room was the lanai with the unbroken view of the ocean and beach. When she preferred to be inside, my 89 year old mother-in-law was able to look down upon the family beach activities below. This really helped her feel like she was still a part of the fun while watching comfortably from her chair. She was able call down to us if she needed something so the proximity was great. Easy access via the elevator made it truly accessible. The bathroom had a step-in shower… great for limited mobility.
You really are as close to water as the lanai pictures depict; the sound of the surf/ocean views are RIGHT out in front of the condo. Watch rays and even dolphins skimming the waves. It’s very rare to be that close to the surf, how cool. There was still plenty of beach to set up chairs & the sand was perfect for building sand castles. Small groups of beach-goers had plenty of room between one another, no crowds here, nor loud partiers or obnoxious groups to disrupt the tranquility.
Other condo neighbors were friendly and helpful. It’s very low-key. The pool was a great place to soak after hitting the beach. Everything was truly so much more than we dreamed of; our vacation in your place will be remembered as one of the best ever. Our hope is to return soon and stay longer. Thank you for your hospitality; when we build our cabin on the Conejos River here in Colorado we hope to return the favor!
Lyndal S - December 2013
DEFINITELY the closest beachfront condo on the Gulf of Mexico on Siesta Key!
Our week in this condo was wonderful. The views from the balcony were outstanding. You felt as if you were standing right on the sand! The general atmosphere of the condo community was very quiet and relaxing, and you couldn’t beat the convenience of staying so close to the beach. Literally, you were just footsteps away from the beach. We thoroughly enjoyed our vacation and will definitely consider returning soon!
Debbie S - July 2013
My “ya ya” girlfriends and I just returned home from our time at Turtle Beach. As soon as I opened the door to our home for the week I knew I was in an amazing place. We spent most of our time in the lanai when we weren’t at the beach, which is incredibly close.
The accommodations were just perfect for our needs. The beds were comfortable, there is plenty of utensils, etc in the kitchen …but I would try the plethora of wonderful restaurants in the area. We snorkeled, swam, ran and read the whole week.
Coming home to this condo was definitely relaxing. I also recommend checking out the Sunday drum circle on Siesta Beach. It starts at sunset and is a lot of fun. I highly recommend this condo!
Jules from Indiana - July 2013
Private and right on the Water
Had a lovely week. Was great to have two master suites. Well stocked kitchen for the those that love to cook. I was looking for unit on the beach and I can tell that you that you won’t get any closer than this unless you camp on the beach. To the south it is all secluded beach with some great shelling. Close enough if you want to eat out or shop, but who wants to leave paradise.
Not sure where else you can catch the sunrise through the front door (as well as a great breeze) and view spectactular sunsets on the balcony porch. The new glass panels on the porch allows for complete unobstructed beach, sunset and star gazing.
From Lakeland, FL - May 2013