This review has been a long time coming! Our very first trip to Sea Trail at Sunset Beach was over 10 years ago. My how time flies! When we decided to go to the beach again, this time with our grown daughter and her husband, we revisited the place we enjoyed so much years ago.
What a delight it was to find that these condos, wonderfully managed by Gerald Oakley, were still being made available for rent! I contacted Gerald and upon checking his records, also recalled to me that it had been 10 years since our last visit!
We booked our getaway for a Labor Day Week in September. It was a great time of the year to experience the beach. Most children/teens were back to school and after Labor Day Sunset Beach permits your dog to enjoy the sand and surf too!
The condos have been very well maintained. We found it very clean and fresh. Furniture is kept in near pristine condition. The appliances were very clean and up to date. I loved the laminate floors in the condo we chose and found it easy to keep the beach sand exactly where it should stay....OUTSIDE and not embedded in carpeting. Entirely BUG FREE! The bathrooms were spotless! The bed gave us a great night's sleep. These condos are spacious and inviting. They are equipped with not one but two televisions (one being a flat screen). The condo also has books, games, etc. for your pleasure. Each condo has its own washer and dryer which is a bonus if you do not want to pack a lot of clothes and do not mind a quick wash to freshen up some tops and shorts for the rest of your stay. We liked the screened in porch that had a table and chairs should you want to enjoy your breakfast while watching the golfers doing their thing on the course behind the condo! (BTW, there are not one but three golf courses to enjoy there if you have the golf bug!)
We liked the fact that Sunset Beach is a mere one mile drive from Sea Trail. It was like having the best of both worlds. The area has expanded since our last visit....there is a huge Food Lion right down the road so there is no need to bring any food with you. A quick trip to the store will furnish you will everything you will need! The kitchen is supplied with all the essentials. You want excellent seafood...Crabby Oddwater's is just down the road and we ate there more than once!
If the beach only appeals to you for half the time, you have the option for an additional fee through Sea Trail to purchase a pool pass for the week. We opted for one the first time we visited but passed on this trip. We just enjoyed the beach the entire time. The beach is very clean and a beautiful area.
One of the best things we loved about Sea Trail's condos was that a few of them are pet friendly. If you have a WELL BEHAVED, FULLY VETTED DOG and provide honest information to Mr. Oakley, he will permit you to bring your pet(s). We had two dogs with us on this trip and it was so much fun having them see the ocean for the very first time. (We wondered what they thought of it! LOL) Be advised that CRATES ARE A MUST HAVE to insure both the safety of your pets and the condition of the furniture in the condo. Dogs should be bathed and on flea preventative prior to entering the premises. If you permit your dogs on the couch at home, please be considerate and cover the couch/chairs at the condo! There are nice places to walk your dogs and all owners should be advised to keep their pets OFF the golf courses and to pick up after your pet! REMEMBER that great canine vacationers insure that they will be welcomed back!
Gerald Oakley is a complete joy to work with and I whole-heartedly recommend his condos to any vacationing couple or family who are looking for a great, restful laid-back vacation. He is super prompt in answering your emails with any questions you may have. His contract is very easy to understand and he supplies you with all the information you need to have an enjoyable stay.
I have been VERY late with this review. Like I wrote, time sure does fly, but I will tell you this....I am currently in the process of making arrangements to return to Sunset Beach this year for another great vacation. Gerald has already been contacted. I see no reason to look anywhere else!
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