We just returned home from a small family reunion in the secluded coastal community of Palm Coast, Florida. For those of you that are not familiar with it is located about 30min north of Daytona Beach, half way between Daytona and Saint Augustine, on the east coast of Florida. It is a lovely area filled with palm trees (where the name Palm Coast come from) made up of small exclusive gated communities, filled with primerily vacation homes and airbnb proprieties.
The apartment was everything we were hoping for, it was clean, spacious and had a lovely terrace with a view of a small lake and surrounding homes from which we could watch the beautiful sunset every night. We decided to take our chances and book it for October which is admittedly in the middle of hurricane season. My husband and I were looking for a quiet place where we could enjoy some family time. The rate was affordable and the amenities were in great condition. I booked it right before hurricane Irma (which occurred back in september 2017) the owner was very friendly and kept providing us with uptade. Once we arrived, it was obvious that the damages brought by Irma had been extensive but, luckily the propriety we were staying in was spared.
The propriety included 2 pools, one for the kids and one for the adults each had a jacuzzi. There was also a gym on site as well as bike lanes and multiples walkways to the beach. Because we decided to take advantage of the off season, we had the pool and the beach almost to ourselves. The restaurant by the pool unfortunately was closed, which would have been helpful considering that there were no other places to eat or get food within a walking distance. The few other people we did run into while we were there tended to be older, also we did see a couple of families with younger children.
As much as we all enjoyed the seclusion, it did pose a few challenges, specifically when we were hungry or needed anything, we had to drive approximately 10min to get to the nearest mall or gas station. The closest place to go is what they called the European village, which apparently is the place to go for dinner. They have a bunch of different restaurants (ranging from Indian to Italian food as well as a steak house). The village itself closes on Mondays but it gets very busy during the rest of the week so try to get there early of you can. Beyond that up the road, you have a standard selection from Dunkin Donuts to Cracker Barrell to Steak and Shake… Unfortunately, every time you returned you have to pay a 2$ toll to get back where you are staying. We found this to be a little bit of a nuisance.
For our first experience with airbnb, we were for the most part satisfied with the accommodation as well as the host. If you decided to stay at this place to not hesitate to contact me for more details. This was our very first rental in Florida and everybody loved it. Don’t hesitate to share your experiences with us.