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“Best free manatee experience I've ever heard of.”

Review of Fishbowl Unit

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2 Kakaks provided for this house right on the canal back yard with kayaks, chairs and fire pit
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6 reviews
Front of home with car port
2 Kakaks provided for this house right on the canal
back yard with kayaks, chairs and fire pit
Living room with TV, DVD player, internet access etc
Dining room that seats six looking into kitchen
View from kitchen into dining area and living area
Open living area looking thru to screened in Florida room
First bedroom with double bed, twin bed over double pull out futon
Second bedroom with queen bed
Bath room with linen closet
Screened in Florida room with additional dining area, over looking back yard next to water
Sitting area in Florida room
Favorite Florida State Park within a few minutes walk from rental home
Swim with manatees with Bird's Underwater discounted with home rental
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 5
Homosassa, Florida

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“A disappointing part of our manatee adventure.”
Reviewed 29 January 2014 for a stay in January 2014
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I wanted to share some feedback regarding the house we rented just last week (January 13 – 19) located in Homosassa on Fishbowl Drive. We liked the location well enough and it was convenient to be on the canal, but we did have 3 major complaints regarding the house that we thought should be addressed.

1. Cleanliness
a. The tile floor was absolutely filthy in the house. All of our socks were black from wearing them around the house. It was too gross to think of going barefoot in there. Especially in the kitchen area it felt slippery almost greasy near the refrigerator.
b. The kitchen drawer faces had lots of drips and crud on them. They were very visible and didn’t set a good feeling for the cleanliness for the rest of the place. Several of the kitchen drawers were also stuck shut until we coaxed them open. Seems like that could also be a result of these drips and gunk.

2. Storage
a. We didn’t want to live out of suitcases for a week, but we had no choice. There were no drawers and no place to hang clothing items either. There is a lot of room in those bedrooms for some efficient storage options. It just seemed inconsiderate that there wasn’t an option of storage.

3. Kayaks
a. The kayaks have been so beaten up that they are not comfortable to paddle for any length of time, in particular I am referring to the seat and lack of adjustments. They need some TLC to get them back to a more kayaker-friendly state. We were planning on doing a lot more kayaking than we did. With the seats stuck in one configuration it wasn’t a viable option and if we had decided to use them more we would have ended up causing unnecessary aches and pains later. This was extremely frustrating as having the kayaks and the convenient water access was a deciding factor in our rental choice.

The staff was very pleasant to deal with and the whole rental process was convenient, but due to these items we definitely would not rent a house again from Bird’s Underwater.

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
28 Jan 2014
We have customers that have rented that house every year for over 15 years and have already reserved it for next year. If you found it unclean or had a problem with the kayaks we wish you had contacted us about it on the first or second day so that we could take care of the problem. That way the rest of your week long stay would have been more to your liking. We don’t’ know how to respond to the cleanliness issue except to say that we never get complaints about it, so perhaps the cleaning woman we use just had a bad day. We’re sorry, but do wish that you had given us a chance to remedy these issues at the time instead of complaining about them afterward.
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John P
Cumming, Georgia
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Best free manatee experience I've ever heard of.”
Reviewed 13 April 2013 for a stay in April 2013
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Came here for spring break with my kids aged 11, 15 and 18. So much better than a typical beach spring break vacation because we had this incredible eco-system to explore. The kids all loved it, especially the teenagers (definitely do confiscate all the electronics before you leave home and leave the phones, laptops and iPods at home). When the weather was bad we kayaked (provided by owner) or fished (poles provided) or just watched the awesome birds. When the weather was great, a one hour drive put us on world class florida beaches (honeymoon island state park is perfect). This is the ultimate spring break with all weather activities. Don't miss monkey island a 5 minute drive from the house where you can have lunch and watch the monkey's antics. There is no dishwasher and the next door dogs are a little obnoxious, but overall the plusses outweigh the minuses. We slept 3 kids in one room and me in the other, but could have put another couple in the living room. The most incredible thing was the manatees. On the first day we spent ~30 minutes with our two kayaks and a mother manatee and her calf. Extremely friendly. Two other times in our 5-day stay they literally appeared off our docks, we didn't even have to go on the boat. The pinnacle was the time the there girls all snorkeled with 5 manatees 300 yards from our rental and they all got to touch and pet these gentle giants. I am no fisherman, but we all caught fish (4 different kinds: catfish, pan fish, bass and mangrove snapper) including my 11 year old daughter's first fish ever. We let most go but fed some to the great blue heron in the yard and watched him swallow them whole. Really impressive. We saw an otter across the river on our neighbor's yard dive into the river. The water is so perfectly clear that you can literally see 3-foot long fish just casually swimming by. Also saw a small ray or skate.

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Liked best: Incredible Environmental Vacation...TONS of wildlife
Liked least: No dishwasher
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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