What Happens when you stay at the Blissful Cay Pointe Villa

Review of Cay Pointe Villa in Indian Rocks Beach Florida

My husband and I got to take a little trip (without kids!) to the gulf side of Florida last week. We haven’t gone away together since the kids were born (12 years ago) for more than a night out. Our review of Cay Pointe Villa in Indian Rocks Beach was truly blissful. We enjoyed nearby local authentic food, amazing cultural activities and a delightful day at the beach.

Review of Cay Pointe Villa Indian Rocks Beach

Location

Cay Pointe Villa is located in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida, which is about the middle of the Tampa Gulf side beaches. if you’ve ever driven along Gulf Ave in this area, Cay Pointe is about a half block north of Crabby Bill’s.

 

The terrific thing about Indian Rocks Beach is the authentic atmosphere throughout the town. Along our walks, we found mostly locally owned hotels and rentals and virtually no chain restaurants. The hotel is literally steps to the beach and there’s plenty to eat within walking distance.  I fell in love with the local vibe and beach-life attitude felt everywhere.

 Review of Cay Pointe Villa Indian Rocks Beach

History

Cay Pointe Villa is a family run business in every sense of the word. Started in 1972 by Dick and Judy Armbruster, Cay Pointe is now run by their daughter Lynn Timberlake. Lynn grew up here and has raised her family at Cay Pointe. She knows the ins and outs of Indian Rocks Beach and is an active part of the community. If you need recommendations, she’ll have plenty!

 

Rooms

There are 5 rooms at Cay Pointe Villa, keeping it in the small family like atmosphere. The 4 main villas all feature large walkout patios, 2 or 3 bedrooms, a full living room and kitchen. All overlook a sundeck  and face the ocean. The studio is located in the main house and has a pull out couch, small fridge/freezer, microwave, coffee pot and toaster oven. My husband and I stayed here and it was enough room for the two of us for a few days. It is a short 2 minute walk to the beach.

Review of Cay Pointe Villa Indian Rocks Beach

Everything was clean, bright and sunny (even when it rained!) The hotel is well maintained and updated. We even got a new heat sensing color coded shower head during our stay! That was something to talk about for the next few days!

 

I didn’t see anything in need of repair or out of place during our stay. The property managers (more on this delightful couple in a minute) live on site and if we were ever in need of anything, we just had to ask.

 

Beach Access and beach conditions

Perhaps the best feature of Cay Pointe is the proximity to the beach. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves here.

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Distance from villa to waterline

Indian Rocks Beach is a shell filled beach, so you won’t find the sugar soft sand that you might in other places. As their were chairs a-plenty, I didn’t find this a deterrent and had fun collecting shells for souvenirs.

Review of Cay Pointe Villa Indian Rocks Beach

The beach is raked free of debris daily and there’s a volleyball net, balls and beach toys available for the kids to play with. No need to buy or have to pack your own. Umbrellas are also available for use and

 Review of Cay Pointe Villa Indian Rocks Beach

Appetizer meet and greet

Every Friday, Lynn and her staff do an appetizer meet and greet. Lynn is phenomenal about remembering everyone’s names and introducing guests to each other. I’m terrible at remembering everyone’s names, so it always impresses me when someone can know everyone in the room.

Review of Cay Pointe Villa Indian Rocks Beach

She puts on a simple, beach filled spread with conch fritters, corn fritters, fish spread, a small dessert and wine. It’s a nice way to get to know your neighbors and enjoy another of the magnificent gulf sunsets.

Review of Cay Pointe Villa Indian Rocks Beach

A Guest and I learning about a GoPro

Staff

Cay Pointe, while owned by the original owner’s daughter, Lynn Timberlake, it is operated by Bill and Carol McDowell. From the moment I booked the room, I had wonderful lengthy conversations with Lynn about the area, our families and things to do in the St. Pete area. Arriving at the hotel we found Carol in the ocean swimming her daily laps. She quickly introduced us to the other guests lounging on the patio and invited us to check out our room and get settled, as it was open and waiting. Over the next few days I got to meet Lynn in person and had many conversations with Carol and her husband Bill about what to do with the kids, where to eat and just general conversation.

 

I have to change my earlier opinion about the best asset of Cay Pointe Villa. It is not the proximity of the beach, even though that was pretty freaking amazing. And I love the beach, and the waves and the shells and the blue ocean and the pelicans…oh, wait I’m digressing.

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Seriously the best part is what is built into the hotel’s tagline: Come as a guest, leave as friends. I have to say I think the tagline is wrong. You really leave as family. And that is what happened to us during our stay. We reveled in the helpful gregarious nature of Bill and Carol and the cheerful friendly attitude of Lynn. I left with the feeling that I had known them for years and look forward to seeing them again soon!

I received a free stay at Cay Pointe Villas in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.

Comments

  1. This is awesome, it doesn’t feel that you are staying at a hotel, it’s kinda more like a homestay with the family! I love the feeling being with locals.

  2. This really does sound like a wonderful place to stay – both the area and the hotel. I can imagine what it must have been like to have a night together without the kids and it really sounds like you picked a perfect place. I particularly like the idea of the appetizer meet and greet!
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  3. What a fantastic place! Love that stretch of the Pinellas beaches – much quieter than just south or north of there. Thanks for sharing the find.

  4. Your chair pictures remind me one the most popular pictures of the beach travel, about chairs on the beach. It might be taken here I guess

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      Melody, I could never get the right lighting for inside for some odd reason. Check out Lynn’s website for pictures of the rooms. I guarantee they are accurate.

  5. My kind of place to stay while in Florida! You become a part of the culture and resort when you stay at places like this. People make the travel experience even sweeter.

  6. Twelve years without a trip just the two of you is a long time. So glad you were able to get away for a little romance. Love family run places, where they make you feel at home. Looks like a great place to stay.

  7. I visit family in Tampa frequently and love visiting Indian Rocks Beach. This looks like a great place to stay!

  8. The view is beautiful! I love how close it is to the beach, that in itself would be a draw, but it being such a small and family run business would definitely seal the deal! That’s really cool that they put on a meet and great like that, it makes it so much more personal.
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  9. What a cute place! I always find in my experience that family-run places are really homely and nice. It sounds like they really put a lot of effort into making you feel welcome and at home.

  10. Love it – these types of experiences and interactions make it harder for me to pick big chain hotels when I travel! Looks like a great getaway!

  11. Love it – these types of experiences and interactions make it harder for me to pick big chain hotels when I travel! Looks like a great getaway!

  12. Looks like a lovely little place! I really like the colors and the style of the building – like straight out of a movie set. Also, “exactly at the beach” location makes it just perfect.

  13. Congrats on getting away! Looks like you found the perfect escape. I love that it’s on the beach and that appetizer get together. Thanks for sharing.

  14. I haven’t spent much time on the West Coast of Florida, but it looks so charming! I definitely need to go back. I love their appetizer meet and greet; I’ve never heard of a hotel doing that before.

  15. This looks like a fun place to stay! It’s awesome that you got a chance for a little parent time away from the kids. 12 years, wow!

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      Trisha, please do! And please tell them I sent you! I’m going back there to do a speaking gig at the end of the month and I’m hoping to show her some great results of the article!

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  18. WOW! This truly sounds like a magnificent place to stay – both the territory and the inn. I can envision what it more likely than not been similar to have a night together without the children and it truly seems like you picked an impeccable place. I especially like the possibility of the starter meet . Thanks
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