Posted by Kelly Gillece | Thursday, May 31, 2018
Longboat Key, FL - On May 18, 2018 Larry and Kathy Goodman returned to unit #236 at Silver Sands Gulf Beach Resort and celebrated their golden anniversary, just as they did 50 year ago. Their story is one we only read about in fairytales - meeting at the University of South Florida in journalism class. Soon after marrying, and then honeymooning on Longboat Key, Larry was stationed in Okinawa; serving in the United States Air Force and living abroad for over six years.
After observing the couples love of seafood, the Operations Manager sent the Goodman’s to a partner restaurant for a special dinner, compliments of RVA, to toast their golden anniversary.
In 1968, Silver Sands Gulf Beach Resort, then known at Silver Sands Apartments, was a small, eight-unit building located directly on the Gulf of Mexico. Over the years Silver Sands grew in size; however unit #236 always remained the Goodman’s ‘special apartment and sacred honeymoon site.’ Living just a short drive away in Temple Terrace, the Goodman’s returned to Silver Sands about a dozen times over the past 50 years, celebrating milestone anniversaries.
Their love for the island, nearby eateries and beaches are apparent from the stories they share. Feeling a bit nostalgic, Larry remembers unpacking their portable record player on the first day of their honeymoon in 1968, listening to their favorite ‘beach music’. Including Bossa nova, Henry Mancini and Johnny Mathis. As they unload their car from their many trips to the island, the couple listens to the famous Ed Ames song and are reminded, “In only a moment, we both will be old we won’t even notice the world turning cold. And so, in these moments with sunlight above. My cup runneth over with love.”
Larry and Kathy share stories of a mostly uninhabited Longboat Key, with wide beaches and beautiful flora and fauna. Visiting the island for 50 years, the Goodman’s have seen lots of development, endured storms, (which they didn’t mind - they were on their honeymoon!) and beach replenishments. A couple of things have remained the same over the years: their love for each other and their memories of Silver Sands Apartments and the beautiful Longboat Key beaches.
**Picture compliments of The Longboat Key Observer
July 4th in Paradise
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You Booked a Vacation Rental, Now What?
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Friday, December 26, 2014
You just booked your entire family for a beach vacation on Southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, and at some point during your quest to pack up, you’ll probably ask yourself, “what should I bring with me? Is our vacation home fully stocked?” The answer is ‘YES’! Your RVA vacation rental will come fully-equipped. In most cases, the unit will have a fully stocked kitchen and if not a full kitchen, a kitchenette. All units are fully-furnished and come with linens and towels for your entire party.
Do you enjoy cooking on vacation? We recommend getting two large pill boxes (usually available for purchase at your local Dollar Store) and filling each box with your favorite spice and spice blends. Label the back of the containers using a Sharpie with the name of each spice. Now, all you have to do is plan your menu, and shop at our local supermarkets for fresh veggies, fruits and meats.
All of our rentals either have a washer and dryer in the unit or are easily accessible. So feel free to pack lighter on your clothing, since you’ll be able to do laundry during your vacation.
Here are some things we suggest you pack:
· Bathing suits (and flip flops!)
· Reading material
· Binoculars – you’ll want to use these to watch the dolphins frolic in the surf
· Camera – you won’t want to miss our beautiful sunsets (trust us)
Should you need any assistance before your visit, or during your stay, contact our Vacation Planners at 800-237-9505. Or you can download the FREE RVA mobile APP for vacation information, local coupons and more!
Silver Sands Guest Reviews
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Visit Silver Sands Gulf Beach Resort...Virtually
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Visit www.silversandsgulfbeachresort.com for more information on our island paradise!
Silver Sands Gulf Beach Resort with RVA
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Silver Sands Gulf Beach Resort is located on the Gulf of Mexico on beautiful Longboat Key. Many consider this spacious, well-appointed facility the best on Longboat Key. Choose from the newly renovated resort room, the one- or two-bedroom garden units or the one- or two-bedroom beach front units. Whatever your vacation preferences, this resort has just what you're looking for while using property rating standards.
Stimulate your senses - from the sound of swaying palm trees to the sweet smell of blooming flowers mixed with the saltiness of the Gulf of Mexico. The tropical grounds at Silver Sands are truly unforgettable - one you've soaked up the calm, turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico, you'll never be the same. We are confident that your first visit with us will be the beginning of many more to come. Let us be your home-away-from-home for the most relaxed and enjoyable vacation you will ever experience.
Visit www.silversandsgulfbeachresort.com for more information.
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