The moment before the sun sinks into the Gulf of Mexico, and the last remnants of their hustle and bustle of daily life fall away, first-time guests at Bungalow Beach Resort feel they have been transported to a place that time forgot.
Reminiscent of a bygone era, Bungalow Beach Resort is steeped in history; appearing not long after the first wooden bridge to the island was built in 1921. Seven charming clapboard cottages, rumored to have once been used as housing for military stationed on Egmont Key, and moved to the property on the island, have been greeting guests since the 1930’s. The cottages are nestled amongst the white sand dunes, sea oats and swaying coconut palms, just steps from the Gulf waters.
Rumors abound that the resort functioned as a speakeasy during Prohibition. Due to the proximity of Cuba and the Port of Tampa, spirits were thought to have been easily transported to the island. Vacationers relaxed while sipping a refreshing beverage- long before they came with tiny umbrellas used to symbolize a tropical vacation.
Rich in history and folklore makes it easy to imagine the resort in a bygone era and is what made it attractive for current owner Gayle Luper. Seeking a way to preserve her roots and create a business dedicated to impeccable guest service, Luper purchased the resort in the late 90s. She next set out to renovate the resort; inspired by the natural setting and in keeping with the historical feel, the rooms feature white wicker furniture, hardwood floors, bead-board walls, and wood-beamed cathedral ceilings.
Luper personally completed the landscaping, creating a tropical, Caribbean environment full of exotic foliage. Hibiscus bushes and trees, Mammy Crotons, Petit Pink Oleanders, and umpteen exotic palm and seasonal flowers create an oasis on the private, powdery beach.
Racking up accolades and reservations since the 1930’s, Bungalow Beach Resort is old Florida at its best.
For more information, including booking click here or call (800) 779-3601.
Also visit their sister property, Siesta Key Bungalows.