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Steve & Deb

I can't say enough about Sweet Monroe Retreat. My husband & I just love the place.. It's very clean & couldn't ask for a better host then Diana. We are here for 3 month's & never want to leave. Steps away from the beach, great backyard with a fantastic hot tub. I would recommend this place to everyone!!! It's our home away from home.

Carolyn and Johnny

Loved our stay at Sweet Monroe Retreat,,,, Super nice owner that makes one feel at home and the Beach is AWESOME !!!!!!!


The best place I have stayed in. Owner is awsome. Everything you need is there and if not she will do her best to get it. We have been her 2 years in a row Wouldn;t think of going anywhere else. 100% better than a hotel. Clean friendly and private. Best location away from the crowds. Short drive to clearwater beach. You know we will be back. Thanks Diana for all you do for us.

Rhonda K

I can't begin to say enough good things about Sweet Monroe Retreat. The place is absolutely beautiful and well kept and clean. I had everything I needed already here fully furnished from kitchen items to linen and towels. It's located right across the street from the beach. All I had to do was load up the beach buggy that was provided and push it across the street. Everything needed for the beach was provided also. It's close to restaurants, grocery & drug stores, and some nightlife. The owner is great and always willing to help out forget anything you need. I worked night and slept during the day and it was very quiet here during the day. I stayed here for 3 months while working in the area and I did not want to leave I absolutely loved it here!


Bettye Crabtree Hill

I am returning from a very relaxing vacation in Indian Rocks, FL.,April 20th thru April 27th. I stayed in a beautiful cottage on the Gulf, Sweet Monroe Retreat. The cleanest place I have stayed ever, and I visit this area frequently. Very well equipped with all new appliances. The bed was new and comfortable. The owner, Diana was always there if you needed anything and would go out of her way to make sure you have all you need. Washer and Dryer also which is great. Nice patio with grill and relaxing place to be if one doesn't want to go out to eat. I would recommend this for a comfortable cottage in one of my favorite vacation places...Indian Rocks, FL. Thank You Diana


Arrived n dec 21st 2013, Diane was waiting to greet us. I just love her personality. She is very informative on the area. Anything you may need she will get . We are here for 3 weeks. And already I will be back. So private. We brought our dog and the yard is perfect for him. The kitchen is well equiped for thoses nights yuo stay in. Your close to clearwater beach, shops, resturants. The trolley stops right next door. The bed is comfortable. The place is just awsome.Why stay at a hotel when you can have alot more. There is a beach access right across the street. Diane is overall exceptional. Thank you Diane for making this happen. Betsy


Thank you everyone for your wonderful reviews. Deb our retreat is called Sweet Monroe Retreat but I know what you meant :) thank you.


Wonderful and memorable family time! Sweet magnolia was perfect for all of us. Beautifully updated with lots of attention to the details. Diana accommodated all of us in our every need. The back yard was perfect for my family and friends and we had a great time cooking on the grill. Right across the street from the white sands of the Gulf of Mexico. We walked on the beach each morning and every evening. The units were even stocked with beach chairs, towels and beach toys. Sweet Magnolia is located in the heart of Indian Rocks Beach and is within walking distance to restaurants and shops. Looking forward to booking our next vacation at Sweet Magnolia, definitely a five star experience.


My husband and I stayed here twice in the past year. The benefits and amenities are priceless . If you have the opportunity to stay, do it. Both units we stayed in gave us the sense of staying in your own home and transported right to the beach. The old world luxury takes you to a place where family comfort is foremost. We found everything we needed right down to cooking seasonings in the cupboards. We barely moved our car over the the entire time we were there. We cooked at home (well, there I mean) and walked on the beaches every night. It was difficult to leave and go back to our real home. The yard/back and front were well cared for and we enjoyed every bit of of it. We even invited several friends during the two trips to spend the night with us. Sweet Monroe is absolutely accommodating to friends and family being in one place without the crowds of a hotel. 5 stars all the way!!!

Sandra Posada

Directly across the street from the beach - what more can you ask for! Amazing place to stay if you are looking to relax and soak in the sun! The units are super clean, bright, cozy, and how can I leave out the very spacious backyard which sets itself for wonderful BBQ's and family gatherings! If you are going to be in the area and are looking for a place to stay - look no more, this is it! Highly recommend!!!

Nery Garcia

We had a wonderful time at the beach house,so close to the beach,very private place...cable and wi-fi included..clean,ready to get there,very relaxing and enjoyable vacation...Just bring in your food ...everything else is there,every detail is taken care of...I would highly recommend it and will be back next year...thanks for the wonderful time we all had.

Nadine Pelham

The apt. was clean, updated, and very nicely furnished with all amenities needed for a great beach vacation. It was great to have a nice front porch and back patio. The gas grill and washer dryer were a great plus. The house is literally steps from the beach access.


What a great vacation we had. My husband and I loved it! Everything was new and upgraded. The renovations came out perfect. We loved it and had a great time-we will be back every year- that is for sure. Perfect location. We walked to the beach, bars, restaurants...even rented some bikes. Everything is walking distance. So clean and neat. Backyard is awesome! We bbq everyday. We can't wait to come back. So nice having the trolley steps away...we didn't have to drive anywhere.

Jaime C.

My husband and I had the best vacation we have had in years. Our place was so close to the beach, the rooms were clean and cozy, there was a pool and hotub, we could not ask for more. The customer service was wonderful and Diana at Sweet Monroe Retreat treated us like family. It was so much fun, we were so relaxed and it was an escape we both needed. It was a amazing vacation and we definetly plan on coming back next year. I will recommend Sweet Monroe to all my friends and family as we created memories there that will last forever!

Jaime Copeland

This was the most amazing vaction for my husband and I. It was such a short distancefrom the beach, clean rooms, such good customer service. We felt right at home, what a cozy place! We are defintelty are coming back next year, we have not had so much fun at any vacation place in years!! We had the beach, pool, hot tub, a dream come true for us as we were in need for relaxation! This was the place that let us escape! I will recommend Sweet Monroe Retreat to all my family and friends!

Isabelle L.

I went to the Sweet Monroe Retreat in October 2010. It was an absolute charm... this place has it all! We were welcomed by Diana, the owner, who is a doll. Not only she is so friendly to the point she makes you feel like you are spending your vacation at an old friend's house, she will go beyond the call of duty to ensure you have a great trip (from stocking the kitchen prior to your arrival to suggesting great places to see and things to do... she lives in the area, whatevr you fancy, she knows were to direct you). Also, the rooms are amazing, very private and complete with a kitchen... and a private outside hot tub!!!... The resort is a 2 minute walk to a glorious sandy beach and a 5 minute walk to a strip with great restaurants, live bands and a great ambiance. I highly recommend this place... I actually talk about it to all my friends here in Montreal! It is a definate "must see"... Go and have a great time, I know you will!!!


What a wonderful vacation! My family and I stayed in Unit 5 and it truly looks and feels like a home away home. The location is perfect as it is just steps from the beach and within walking distance to great restaurants and bars. The pool is private and very inviting; the best part was having access to our very own hot tub! All arrangements were made through Diana, and not only is she welcoming and accommodating but she ensured that all amenities needed were provided. We will definitely be returning.


Sweet Monroe is located perfectly walking distance from a very well kept, peaceful beach. The cottages felt like luxury apartments. Sweet Monroe is your perfect retreat away from home.! The One bedroom we stayed in has a king bed and its own bathroom and TV. There is an additional TV in the living room, along with couches. The kitchen is big and and spacious and can accommodate everyone in my family. There is ample street parking and the staff was very accomodating and pleasant. Ask for Diana - she was very helpful with suggestions for restaurants and entertainment. overall : A wonderful vacation


My family and I stayed there and it was great. We had a great time and was able to walk everywhere. The place is really clean a lot of nice people there and the beach is so close. I liked it a lot because we DID NOT have to cross any streets to go to the beach which is good since I have a small kid. We will be back for sure. Worth every penny thanks everyone for a great vacation

Nicky. P

I had my entire family (about 16) people stay at the Balboa Beach Retreat and it was wonderful. Walking distance to the beach, pool, restaurants and the bars. It was a perfect vacation. Everyone is very helpful and kind and our stay was great. We will be booking again for next year. The house is clean, beautiful and it just worked out perfect. Thank you to everyone at the retreat you made our vacation awesome.

Sandy Marance

What a fabulous place to stay. amazing pool, hot tub and yard and joe and diana were the absolute best!!! The balboa sweet was stunning and we couldn't ask for a nicer spot. We love to kick back and do nothing and loved doing it here. when we were busy, we never had to go far to get where we wanted and if we didn't want to drive, we took the trolley!! I would reccomend this spot to all!! Thanks guys, we will see you next year!!!

The Medley's

We have stayed at the Balboa Beach Retreat many times over the last 9 years...........its more then a vacation-it is a home away from home for us! Joe and his staff go up and beyond to make your stay a happy and memorable one. The rooms are very clean and cheery!! The beach is so close for your long walks or to watch the sunset with your sweetie! Close to alot of fun entertainment and/or dining-don't miss a dinner at PJ's or Guppy's...they will become a fast favorite. We live local and won't go anywhere won't be sorry with a stay at the Balboa Beach Retreat. One stay and you will be back,I know we will. Thanks Joe.......................George & Charlene


I stayed at the Balboa Beach Retreat for a week and it was a great vacation. The owner Joe and all of the employees are beyond helpful, kind and accommodating. The unit number 7 is absolutely breathtaking. Itís the biggest 1 bedroom ever. Itís so spacious that it fits 4 comfortably. The hot tub and pool were at perfect temperature. Overall I had a great experienceÖI recommend it to anyone interested in a great vacation and will definitely be returning in the future.