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Camelot Resort

Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 PHONE: +1 727-467-4310 Map it / View Street Address

Featured Review: Camelot Resort

by Charlie Brooks 
First printed in Jul/Aug 2009

What can I say about our little piece of paradise? Maybe just saying the name will come close to describing it? Camelot by the Sea comes as close to describing our somewhat secluded place in what at times seems to be the Timeshare Capital of Florida. There are many timeshare resorts to choose from on the Gulf Coast, but just a mile South of the historic Don Cesar luxurious hotel is Pass- a-Grille and Camelot by the Sea.

Webster's dictionary defines paradise as "a place or state of bliss, felicity, or delight." We don't have a sparkling marble grand entrance with uniformed staff and valet service. We don't need valet service, since we have reserved parking close to our room. We don't have the beach directly at our door step, but we also don't have people traipsing past our open windows while they tread up and down the shore line. We don't have the clutter of T-shirt shops, souvenir shops, tattoo shops, real estate offices or massage parlors around us.

What we do have is a street between us and the sand dunes and the glorious white beaches. A 60-second walk and you are at the water's edge. More impressive is the view we have from our units. Sit at your front door and watch the sunset and you can almost hear the "sizzle" as it disappears below the horizon.

Many of you who read TimeSharing Today may recall the problems that were set upon Camelot at the hands of the now deposed incompetent Board of Directors. Their failure to monitor the financial well being of our beloved piece of paradise resulted in the ensuing legal battles. One advantage of having a deeded interest versus a leased timeshare is that we have extra protections under the law. The county had made the mistake of selling Camelot By The Sea for back taxes, (which, by the way, was never underfunded - just not paid) but failed to notify the deeded owners of such pending action, which is required by law.

Once it became known, a ground swell erupted. Attorneys were hired and Court hearings were scheduled. It was heartening, as a local owner, to see the court rooms filled each time a hearing was held. That should let you know how much we, as owners, think of our place in the sun. The owners prevailed, the rightful ownership was established, and Camelot is back; and hopefully, with the help of the new Board Of dedicated Directors and the professional management team that was hired to guide us through the troublesome waters, we will be better than we have been in many years.

Upgrades of the facility are ongoing. New, firm king sized beds have been placed in each unit and new furniture and flat screen televisions are on the horizon. WiFi is available free of charge. The office staff is friendly and eager to help. If you have a problem, a call or a visit to the office will get you prompt attention. Each Monday morning, someone from the office management meets with the owners who are staying that week to keep them abreast of what is happening and also to get feedback and suggestions for improvement or for remedying a problem.

Camelot is as close as you will come to a "Mom and Pop" operation. If you enjoy small getaway places, you will love Camelot by the Sea". Having said that, I want to emphasize that a stay here puts you within minutes of just about everything you could desire. Restaurants? Drive up the street a bit and you have many chain eateries, but you also have the one-of-a-kind and the local hangouts. If you like Japanese steak houses where they cook your meal in front of you, authentic Cuban, Thai, Italian, Russian or the many other ethnic places, then you have no further to go than St. Pete Beach.

To stay within walking distance or a very short drive, the Hurricane Restaurant with its rooftop bar overlooking the Gulf Coast is a wonderful place to view the sunsets. Several local restaurants are located in Pass-a- Grille, from trendy to the local Seahorse diner. Many places offer a view of the Gulf or the Intercoastal, giving diners the opportunity to people watch or enjoy the sailboats and yachts drifting by.

Camelot is a short drive away from Tampa and its many attractions, which include a beautiful aquarium, Museum of Science and Industry, a first class city-owned zoo, Busch Gardens, and the night life in Ybor City. Drive across the beautiful Skyway Bridge and Ellenton, with its huge outlet mall, and Sarasota, with the Ringling Brothers Museum and Amish Restaurants, are but a short drive away. Take a leisurely drive up the Coast to Tarpon Springs and see how the Greek immigrants harvested sponges from the Gulf of Mexico.

Don't want to drive too far? Visit Gulfport, which is about a ten-minute drive, and enjoy the Bohemian shops and dining, ranging from inexpensive to moderately expensive meals. But don't forget to stroll 8th Avenue in Pass-a-grille. The "tourist walk" will only take a few minutes if you don't stop to shop. St. Petersburg has much to offer also, from the Dali Museum to the International Museum with visiting displays. Sunken Gardens, close to downtown St. Pete and its many new and kitschy shops and eateries, provides a pleasant, cool walk through its botanical gardens. If the beach in front of you is not the one you want, drive over to Fort Desoto. Consistently rated as one of the top beaches in the United States (it was rated #1, in 2005), it offers miles of beaches and parks for a day's outing and several piers for fishing (free of charge) or for just watching the pelicans and sea gulls fighting each other for their dinner.

Depending on the time of year, professional sports abound. The Buccaneers and the Lightning are champions and finally after years of struggle, the Rays have become a team to reckon with. College football? The University of South Florida has arrived with top 20 rankings the last two years.

I could go on and on about what is available close to Camelot, but the main ingredient to a pleasant stay is Camelot itself. Relax by the private pool after a day of shopping or "touristing;" soak in the large hot tub, or steam yourself in the dry sauna. Play a rousing game of ping pong in the rec room or take it slow and easy under the arbor covered shuffleboard courts. Want to cook out? Gas grills are conveniently located near the pool so the kids can swim while the adults prepare the food.

I enjoy speaking to guests who are not owners and asking their opinions. As a couple from Ohio was leaving this past weekend, I asked if they were owners and was told they were not. I asked if they had enjoyed their vacation and they said "Yes." I asked if they enjoyed their stay at Camelot and they said "Yes." I then asked "Would you come back?" and they both said "Yes." What more can I say?

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