10 Ways to Have the Best Gulf Coast Getaway
It's your hard-earned vacation, so it should absolutely be the best! You deserve it. We want you to know how you can get the most out of your Florida Gulf beach vacation and capitalize on all that this world-famous vacation destination has to offer you and your family. Here are 10 things you need to know to have the best Gulf Coast vacation ever.
1. Book direct and save on your Plumlee Gulf Coast vacation rental.
Booking direct with Plumlee Gulf Beach Realty guarantees that you're saving money, receiving better service, and getting more for your vacation dollars. Skip the third-party apps and their extra fees and deal first-hand with our properties and the people who know them best. We're here to serve you! You can read more about why you should book direct here.
2. Take advantage of your Plumlee vacation perks.
One of the ways we give you more vacation bang for your buck is by offering Plumlee Perks to our guests. We have free bikes for you and your family to use, free movies for your family nights together in your vacation rental with our selection of free DVDs, as well as free use of our business center and kids' corner—just to name a few. You can find all of our Plumlee Perks here.
3. Visit the Beach Welcome Center.
Whether you visit the Beach Welcome Center online or in person, you should definitely check it out. You'll find all the information you need on the top Florida attractions, things to do, and what you need to know during your vacation. Don't forget to inquire about discounts to Busch Gardens Tampa, Sea World and Adventure Island! They can hook you up with money-saving deals, discounts and coupons. Visit the Beach Welcome Center online here.
4. Use our local beach rental services.
Make your life and your vacation easier by taking advantage of the local beach rental services available to you. Our Plumlee Perks offer affordable beach towel, chair and umbrella rentals. You can also rent beach equipment for babies such as car seats, high chairs, infant swings, cribs, and strollers. There are wheelchairs for family members with mobility issues also. These local businesses deliver right to your rental. You can find a list of local beach services here.
5. Know how to best get around our Gulf Coast towns.
There are plenty of ways to get around our beautiful island here in Indian Rocks Beach and beyond! Whether you prefer to pedal your way around town, ride a scooter, try the trolley, take the bus, rent a car, or even rent a golf cart—we've got you covered. Here are some links to these local favorites.
- Golf Cart Rentals: Easy Ride Rentals
- Car Rentals: Enterprise Car Rentals (Ask us about our local discount!)
- Bicycle Rentals: Plumlee Perks (free day rentals), IRB Surf & Skate, Rad Bicycles, Nekton Surf Shop
- Scoot Coupes & Scooters: Green Iguana Rentals, Island Marine Rentals
- Trolley Service: Suncoast Beach Trolley
- Bus Schedule: PSTA
6. Check out the local events, festivals and things to do.
There is always so much happening during your stay all along the Gulf Coast of Florida. There's a little something for everyone so be sure to take a look at the local events before your visit. Then save the dates of the ones that interest you and your family the most. We do a Florida Gulf Coast event preview blog post every month so be sure to follow Plumlee's blog! You can also find a monthly event calendar here.
7. Get your Tampa Bay CityPass.
Bundle your savings and enjoy the discounts offered to you when you purchase the Tampa Bay CityPass. It gives you over half-off on some of the most popular Florida attractions including Busch Gardens Tampa, The Florida Aquarium, ZooTampa at Lowry Park, Clearwater Aquarium, and either the Chihuly Collection or the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI). It's a great deal!
8. Try some Florida Gulf Coast seafood.
It wouldn't be a trip to the Gulf Coast without a taste of the local flavor. Gulf Coast seafood is renowned for its freshness, quality and absolute deliciousness. Catch your own, stop by a local seafood market, or dine in one of our local restaurants to satisfy your seafood craving while you're here. Check out these favorite local restaurants during your stay.
9. Shop and buy local.
No matter what your shopping needs or desires are, you'll find what you're looking for at our local shops and stores. You're also supporting our local business owners when you shop and buy local, so we thank you for that! You can find a list of our favorite local shops and services here. From gifts for yourself and others to vacation souvenirs, you'll find just what you're looking for with friendly service and a smile.
10. Book ahead for next year's Florida beach vacation.
Once you've had your fun in the Florida sun and your vacation is done, there's only one thing left to do. Book next year's Gulf beach vacation, of course. Not only will you something to look forward to, but you'll also have the best selection of Gulf Coast vacation rentals to choose from. If you've found one you absolutely love, then rebook it for next year before someone else does. We also offer a 10% repeat renter discount, so you can save more money, too. Win-win! You can read our Plumlee Gulf Beach Vacation Rental Policies here for more details and information.
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