El Galeon by the Sea ....Absolutely Perfect!
My husband and I just returned from a one week stay in these beautiful condos and have nothing but positive things to say! (Our only complaint is that we should have stayed 2 weeks!) The condo was so clean, beautiful and accommodating! Plenty of fresh clean towels, beach chairs, umbrellas and a fully stocked kitchen for the days you wanted to eat at the condo and watch the amazing sunset. Marg was the best, so easy to work with and made it all fall into place. The town was so quaint, and the restaurants were delicious and reasonably priced. Our favorites were Nicolas Italian, Mango Bay Bistro, Farlows, and Mama's Italian. Everyone in Manasota Key and Englewood were so friendly and laid back. We are already looking to return in the fall!

Sharyn Reilly
Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania

"Gorgeous Beach"

We went to El Galeon by the Sea and it was amazing!!!! We had a wonderful time, and the fact that the beach was right at our fingertips was a bonus. Right from the time \we booked our vacation, we had nothing but fantastic service. Marg took care of everything right from having a welcome package to sending back a forgotten cell-phone. Every day was a breathtaking view and beautiful accommodations. We would recommend this condo 100%. We will go back for sure.

Rhonda Stone

Barrie, Ontario Canada


"Little Gasparilla Island"

Thank you so much for recommending Little Gasparilla Island! We had the most fantastic vacation, perfect in every way. The condo is superb, and the location could not have been more perfect. I think I spent 3 days in a row without shoes. My brother, sister-in-law and I had exactly the kind of vacation we were hoping for. We are already planning to return next year (to ease the pain of leaving)

Thanks again

Mary-Ellen Ross

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


"Almost Heaven"

This is the second year we rented the upper unit of this property and have not been disappointed either time. It is meticulously cleaned and always has plenty of furnishings. The view is unbelievable and the patio is excellent for outdoor eating and relaxing. We love being able to walk to the beach whenever we want during the day and not having to get in the car and pack up all our beach things. We have collected hundreds of shells as well as enjoyed dolphins and many beautiful birds. The outside and inside are taken care of continually and help can be reached with a phone call if you need it. The location is perfect. We have come to Florida for 12 years and this is our favorite! Thanks a bunch, Marge for all your little extras. Hope we can get this unit next year.

Roger and Jean Bellinghausen

Newell, Iowa


Our stay was perfect. Everything went smooth. Marg took care of all of the details. Our villa was clean, decorated nicely, and had everything we needed and more. Excellent for a low key, restful vacation. We enjoyed the decks off our villa and the deck out front by the ocean. We walked to what ever we needed, food, cocktails, special coffee's. Great for couples, families with kids, or a nice retreat for a single person.

more than I expected

We’ll be back!




The Hansen Family

Marg...Thank you for recommending this property for our annual family reunion. Our 3 families have been vacationing together for over 10 years, but this was by far the best get together we have ever had. Being able to have the entire place to ourselves, while still enjoying our individual units and quiet time was wonderful. The place is absolutely amazing. When we arrived , the sand was raked, the lounge chairs neatly arranged and our units were all in spotless condition. By the way, thank you for the welcome gifts. What a pleasant surprise! The guys spent a lot of time on the beach fishing and us girls worked on our tans, collected sea shells and got some much needed R and R. The kids had a wonderful time..swimming, building sand castles and "helping Daddy fish". In the past, we usually stayed at larger homes across the street from the beach, so that we could all be together.. What a refreshing change! It was so nice not to have to lug around beach things as well as the kids. It was all right there at our doostep, so we were able to enjoy the beautiful beach and keep the children in sight the entire time. And best of all we were still all together ! Definately the way to go with young families. Oh...during our stay, we actually witnessed 2 sea turtle nests hatch at the front of the property. How amazing...the children took pictures and used them for show and tell at school. Sara won best prize for her story. An experience that none of us will ever forget. Please put us down for the same time period next year. I have no doubt that this will become the new Hansen family destination for years to come. Thanks again from all of us. You were a pleasure to work with and we will be spreading the word back here in Michigan.


Great Condo...It was SO clean. Wish we could have stayed longer. We will be back!

Almost Heaven...IT SURE IS!

Hello Marg....just wanted to thank you once again for arranging this fabulous vacation! What an incredible spot this is. We couldn't have asked for a more perfect getaway. The view is nothing short of spectacular and the island atmosphere is so relaxing and tropical. Our unit was spotless and very well equiped and we really appreciated the in house laundry facilities as well. Made friends with the 2 couples below us and had tons of fun swimming, sunbathing and we had a fish fry with flounder and sea trout that we caught right outside our door. Both couples said they have been coming to Almost Heaven for years and raved about your I know why!. We share their positive impression of the place and we will certainly be back

Ken and Terri

Owen Sound Ontario


Burty (Elk River, Minnesota)

El Galeon by the Sea was fantastic, very clean condo inside and out. Very spacious condo. Everything you need is there. The ocean is right there, the view was awesome. Short walk to food, cocktails, nightly music, convenient store and shops. We rented a jet ski that was a lot of fun. Beautiful sunsets, shark teeth galore on the beach, we saw a lot of dolphins in the ocean close in. Manasota is very laid back, my husband 52 myself 48 our daughters 23 and 12 all enjoyed our stay. I can’t think of anything more I would want. I will be back. Marg was very helpful in all the details we needed. Thank you Marg for making our stay so relaxing.



Charlie and Debbie...Richmond, VA

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and hated to leave. Our family hopes to return soon. This was our 4th vacation on Manasota Key and "Almost Heaven" was BY FAR the nicest and most comfortable of our accommodations!! We had a special treat on Sunday when a pod of 13 Manatee showed up and entertained us and our neighbours . One Amazing Experience!!! They were there from around 9:00 am to sunset. Thanks again!


The pictures do not lie! Beautiful place!

Lori (Nebraska)

We just returned from our stay on the lower level of Almost Heaven. We could not have imagined a more beautiful and quiet location. I spent weeks looking for the perfect location for our first trip to Florida and I'm so glad I chose this place. The unit itself was clean and well-equipped with most things we needed during our stay including beach chairs and umbrellas. We actually weren't in our unit much except to shower and sleep, we enjoyed the beach way too much! We made a few trips to other beaches within an hour's drive but we never spent much time on them because we liked "our" beach the best. The shelling is great, we saw dolphins every day and even had manatees swim near us...all right in front of our cottage. It was so hard to come home, but we know we will return...Thanks Marg!

Owner response:We strive to provide our guests at "Almost Heaven" with a truly enjoyable stay....after all, vacations are an important time in everyone's lives , a time to unwind from the stress of today's world and an opportunity to build precious memories . Thank you for allowing us to help create those memories.

Truly Wonderful, Peaceful Experience

Cher (Upstate New York)

I vacationed at El Galeon last week in January 2012. The place was as pictured/described. It was very clean and comfortable. I stayed in #601, Gulf View, and it was just perfect for me. The weather was high 70's low 80's, beach clean and un-crowded, and the people were very friendly. Stores were close by and easy to get to. Kayaking on the Gulf side was very peaceful, relaxing and fun! I just loved everything about the area....not commercialized at all. It was everything I was looking for and more. I would not hesitate for a minute to revisit the area and stay at the El Galeon again. Thank you Marge for all your help with renting the condo--appreciate it very much. All I wanted was a place to relax, walk the beach, read and just be--I found it there!! :)

Tom and Paula (Springfield, MO)

OK, I hesitate to say just how much we enjoyed the excellent accomodations for fear we will have trouble getting a reservation next year. But Marg, I am so glad you talked us into trying this property. We were afraid of the oil spill and of staying on the south end of the island. The oil spill, as you said, was no problem--there were all kinds of shorebirds and wildlife (we walked to the end of the island and watched the dolphins doing their graceful dives and saw a manatee several times) and I think we prefer the south end of the island! The unit was great--clean and roomy. We especially like that the second bedroom and bath are so separate from the master bedroom and bath...and the walk-in tiled shower is gorgeous! We loved being able to see and hear the ocean from our unit. We walked the few steps to the beach one night at midnight just to listen to the waves and admire how many stars we could see without the city lights. It was one of our best vacations. We will definitely be back next year and can hardly wait!


John and Wendy Haggerty

Wow...what a lovely spot. You were so right, this place feels like a beach cottage and our private deck overlooking the water made it feel like it was all our own! This was the most relaxing vacation we have ever had. We swan in the ocean, took long walks on the beach and I now have a huge seashell collection. John even caught fish right off the beach . The unit itself was spotless and so pretty. Can't wait to come back again. Will try and talk John's sister and her husband into coming with us next year. Thanks again for everything. We really appreciated all the time you spent working with us.

Mr. & Mrs. Ron Blake

We had an absolutely wonderful time Marg. Thank you so much for all your help in getting this set up. The view from the private deck was unbelievable . We had a barbecue almost every night and enjoyed our dinners while watching the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico. It doesn't get any better than this! Please book us for the same time period next year !.

Pauline Simpson  

Thank you so much for all your help, Marg. I know we took up a lot of your time, but you were so gracious and easy to work with. We very much appreciated it and it made all the difference in our last minute getaway. The place was way beyond what we expected. Nice change, as we have had a number of bad experiences where owners misrepresented their properties. The location was perfect..great beach, loved sitting on the sundeck watching the sunsets , sharing a glass of wine. Great to be able to walk to restaurants...our favorite was the Lock and Key. We will definitely be back, first chance we get. Thanks again!!

John and Linda Days

What a gorgeous spot. This was our first trip to Manasota Key and it was everything we could have hoped for. The condo was spotless, the complex was well cared for and the weather was incredible! We were truly able to relax and get some much needed R & R. This property was probably the best we have been to in recent years and we will definitely be back. My sister and her husband will be calling to book something for April. Thanks again for all the time you spent putting together the perfect vacation for us.

Frank and Donna

Just wanted to let you know that we really enjoyed our time at "By The Sea" Everything was perfect!..the condo, the beach, the weather and the sunsets. We will certainly return. Thanks for all of your assistance.

“Just wanted to drop you a note to say how much we enjoyed our recent vacation at Sweet Bay, Port Charlotte. The house was fantastic! Thanks for all your help.”
Keith & Ann Ainslie
Dumfries, Scotland

“Marg, we just got back from our vacation in Englewood at El Galeon By The Sea. We had such a wonderful vacation, I just wanted to thank you. The place was so nice. We definitely plan to go again next summer”.
Steve and Lee Ann Koffinas
Orlando, Florida

“Marg, what an amazing place! Little Gasparilla Island was as close to paradise as I will get here on earth! Thanks for everything!”
Rhonda Grangier
Borden, Indiana

“Marg, the Madeira Beach resort was beautiful and the condo was perfect. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Thank you for your help and hope to talk to you in the future for another stay.”
Rudy Manz
Point Pleasant , New Jersey

“Just a quick note of thanks! We thoroughly enjoyed staying in your home on Albacore Circle. What a lovely home it is! We hope we will be able to use it again.”
Roberta and Daniel Kwasniewski
Demotte, Indiana

“Thanks so much for making arrangements for our vacation at The Hideaway!! We enjoyed our stay TREMENDOUSLY! The island is our favourite place to vacation. The sunsets were breathtaking and our memories are priceless!!! “
A. Stripling
Lake Wales, Florida

“We would like to thank you for once again being so helpful in arranging another WONDERFUL Floridian holiday for us”
S. Wagner
Cleveland, Ohio

“Just wanted to tell you what a fabulous week we had in Florida. Without a doubt, we made the best possible choice! Your home was a haven! We would recommend it to anyone. Again, thank you for one of the most relaxing, wonderful experiences of our many travels!!!!
K. Frascone
Salem, Oregon

“We had a terrific time on Don Pedro. The house was even better than we expected! Thanks for your help! “
P. Smart
Gateshead, England

“We had a wonderful time in Port Charlotte and were VERY happy with our accommodation. Thank you for helping to make our vacation so enjoyable! “
K. McKenna
Toronto, Ontario

“I just wanted to drop you a line and say THANK YOU! We had a wonderful time on Manasota Key. I am spreading the word!
M. Witkosky
Huntersville, North Carolina

“It has been so nice working with someone who really seems to care about others, and I must say, I am impressed that you do all this from Canada. Thank you again for everything.”
C. Davis
Plant City, Florida

“Thanks so much! We truly enjoyed the clean and beautiful Lemon Key House. Having everything at our fingertips made it a most enjoyable vacation"
D. McDermott
Pearl River, New York

“I just wanted to thank you for being the best person I could have dealt with regarding home rentals! You were so helpful…No one beats you by far!”
S. Lau

Beaver Dam, New York

“Our arrangements to stay at El Galeon made through you were outstanding. You were thorough in providing information about the area, as well as great communication in renting this unit at such late notice.”
J. Ioder
Franklin, Wisconsin

“Marg, it was a super vacation”
Drs. D & J Smart
Quarryville, Pennsylvania

“We had a wonderful time! We will be calling you next month or so to set up reservations for next year!
M. Mclure
Bloomington, Illinois

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