Before you trade your summer sandals for those fall boots, do yourself a favor and book one last beach trip. There may be cooler weather and leaves changing color up here in North Georgia, but in Florida? They don't get fall until say, mid-December.
But if the thought of shelling out even more moolah after a summer of forced family fun makes you wince, relax. There's a Cocoa Beach area resort that truly is one-stop shopping for a beach getaway – with amenities that take away all that and extra spending, and pesky thinking and planning. And who wants to think on vacation?
Ron Jon Cape Caribe Resort is truly one of those places that make you say, "I could live here." Seriously, I could live here. Anyone need a roommate?
Here's why: The villas are HUGE. They had me at the full kitchen. And washer and dryer. Seriously, I know you think you don't want to do dishes or laundry when you're on vacation, but consider the alternative: a stack of paper plates and trying to squish all your family's meals into that tiny mini-bar fridge? Or melting in your cooler on the beach? Or spending a small fortune by eating in restaurants three times a day? Enough, I say, enough!
So enough on the practical part of why you'll love the gorgeous Ron Jon Cape Caribe Resort – on to the luxury!
The villas are not only spacious, they're decorated in a cool old Florida style. You have your choice of a beach-front or pool-front villa. And if you choose the pool, be prepared for mega, mega smiles from your little ones, because the hotel pool like no other.
Ranked as one of the best resort pools in Florida by The Orlando Sentinel, the gigantic pool complex is described as "heated and huge." It includes two huge water areas, one big enough for a volleyball net to stretch over. There's also bridges, and fountains, and a zero-entry area for the littlest swimmers. The biggest attraction: the awesome 248-foot long waterslide for the big kids and kids-at-heart.
But prepare yourself – there's also an entire winding lazy river, complete with tubes for easy floatation, and even less work on your part. I'm always a fan of the less work on my part. Other girls can keep their diamonds, Fendis or mansions, I'll just take a lazy river on a sunny day, thank you very much. And yes, this on-site waterpark is so awesome, you'll see no need to spend more moolah at another waterpark, you've got it all right here.
But don't forget about that other big pool o' water: the ol' Atlantic Ocean out there. This is, of course, a beach resort after all. On Ron Jon Cape Caribe's private beach, you and the family can enjoy swimming, kayaking, building sand castles, or my personal favorite, nothing at all. But under a pretty yellow umbrella, of course. There's friendly vendors with those there too.
When it's time to take a break from the surf, sand and sun – head on back to your villa, and park it on your balcony. The views are incredible.
First of all, the resort's location and surroundings are totally unique. If you think you've seen one sandy beach, you've seen them all, you've got to see this one. Ron Jon Cape Caribe takes up a full 28 acres, and a good chunk of that acreage is left alone as protected green space, leaving you a gorgeous view of green set up against the white sandy beaches. Seriously, you don't have to be a tree-hugger to appreciate the unique landscape here.
Cape Caribe is located in Jetty Park, Cape Canaveral – which cruise junkies will recognize as the port for all things cruise-a-palooza. Disney, Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian all set sail from here.
From our balcony, we could not only see those cruise ships, but on a clear day, even Kennedy Space Center. Now, I wouldn't say it's swimming distance or anything, but for a quick 20 minute drive, especially if the kids are showing signs of sunburn and you can't bear the thought of building another sand castle, then head over to this piece of American history. With activities and attractions like The Shuttle Launch Experience, IMAX Films, the Astronaut Encounter, the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame and the Hubble Telescope Exhibit, you'll be glad you did.
Another non-beach activity is all those Orlando theme parks: Disney, Universal, SeaWorld – less than an hour away. And if you time your visit right, the Epcot Food & Wine Festival is celebrating its 16th year, September 30 through November 13.
But back to the resort! There's so many great amenities and activities here: the Ron Jon Surf Grill – with fresh seafood and burgers, and of course, that Ron Jon "One of a Kind" dining experience for the whole family. And an on-site Ron Jon Surf Stop store – so you can pick up your "One of A Kind" t-shirts. There's also a Children's Play Area, indoors and out, including special activities like wildlife demonstrations and arts & crafts. There's also an arcade with video games, pool tables and air hockey. And child care services for the wee ones.
And where else are you going to find an on-site movie theater?!? Well, they've got that here too. Tennis anyone? There's also tennis courts, basketball courts, an entire mini-gold course, and shuffleboard. And an exercise room and sauna (although I've personally never understood people who come all the way to the beach to run on a treadmill. Just don't get it.). " Massage by Morakot" is right here too, in case you pull a hamstring straining yourself in the lazy river. Seriously, there's everything here.
Oh, and did I mention the segways? Yeah, you'll need those to scoot around the 28-acre megaplex. And yes, you will look super-cool in the helmets they provide.
So put away thoughts of pumpkin carving and pumpkin pie-making for a moment, and head down south to Ron Jon Cape Caribe Resort. Just think, you could be lazy river-ing it while all your co-workers are stuck at their desks. Wearing fall boots, for heaven's sakes.
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