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The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort

Address: 1620 Gulf of Mexico Dr.


City: Longboat Key, just off Sarasota's coast

Phone: 800-426-5669; 941-383-6464


Expert Review

Large families or groups that don't mind sharing space, but stilll want a bit of room to spread out, will get plenty of bang for their buck renting a two-story, two-bedroom suite that can accommodate four to six adults (there are two pull-down twin beds for the fifth and sixth guests). The condo-like villas have a full kitchen, dining room, two baths, and family room. On-the-sand bungalows and the tiki-umbrella-studded Gulf beach are steps away. Tennis is king here, with some 22 courts having earned it rankings among the top tennis resorts in the country in past years. An on-site restaurant, open-air beach bar (the mojito is a must), and wine-and-cheese shop mean you don't have to venture outside the gates for dining and drinking.

Tags: moderate | great value

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