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The Sand Dollar: Historic Charm Meet Beach Chic in the Waterfront District

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

1 Bedroom, 1.5 Baths, Sleeps 4

Classic charm meets modern beach breeziness at The Sand Dollar, a chic, second-story 1BR/1.5BA apartment in the heart of Gulfport’s vibrant Waterfront District.

With a parlor-style living space and private, tropical patio, there’s no shortage of spaces to relax. And you’ll do so in style: preserved Shaker touches and cool coastal décor offer the ideal blend of laid-back beach vibes and old-school Florida elegance.

Venture out and find yourself at the center of a vibrant community, where you’ll fill your days with farmer’s markets or music festivals. Spend afternoons in the surf and evenings at diverse waterfront restaurants. It’s all here in Gulfport, a funky little community tucked within St. Pete.

A DAY AT THE SAND DOLLAR

Wake up in a king-size bedroom with airy coastal accents to remind you that you’re on beach time. The en-suite master bath with a walk-in shower is great for refreshing for the day ahead or washing off the sand from your latest adventure.

Swing open the French doors to the living space, then grab a book or admire the treetop views from the cozy sofas. If you need a minute to check in with the real world, steal away to catch up on emails at the corner desk (free WiFi is also included).

Additional guests can use the main en-suite bathroom and convenient half-bath off the downstairs laundry room. A queen-size EZ bed is also available if you’re bringing a crew of four.

Suited for prepping everything from beach picnics to gourmet cuisine, the kitchen is equipped with a full suite of appliances and all the pots, pans, and dishes you’d find at home.

Shake a margarita and sip it in the upstairs sunroom, or prep feasts and share them in your private outdoor yard. This tropical-inspired space is draped by an enormous sail shade to keep afternoon gatherings cool—have a long lunch at the outdoor table, then recoup on the loungers or hammock.

WHY WE LOVE THE SAND DOLLAR

Its own hidden hangout in the midst of the Waterfront District, the Sand Dollar offers low-key relaxation to balance out Gulfport’s energy and excitement.

We love its quaint charm as much as we love its proximity to fun and funky downtown, home to mouthwatering dining establishments, unique art galleries, and a full line-up of events. Visit during GeckoFest, a circus-inspired street event with chill tunes and can’t-miss costumes, or catch a bi-weekly ArtWalk.

For some time in the great outdoors, take your four-legged family member on a stroll to the dog park, or peddle your way down the Pinellas Bike Trail. The Sand Dollar is just a short trip from Stetson School of Law and Eckerd College, making it ideal for families making a visit to campus.

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More Details

Property Manager
Beth Sexworth
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Manager indicates their response time is:
Within an hour
Calendar last updated:
November 17, 2017

About Beth Sexworth

Photographer, traveler, cook, daughter, sister & aunt!

Why Beth Sexworth chose Gulfport

If you see it you will understand! Lots of windows, beautiful wood floors and wide wood trim. Located in the heart of the beach/art district, it is convenient to everything! Gulfport is very charming.

What makes this house unique

Nice secluded property but within walkable distance to the heart of the Waterfront District.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We vacationed here from Minnesota and truly loved our stay!! The town of Gulfport was beautiful and the Sand Dollar was very nice and felt like home. We will definitely visit again and are sad to be leaving. We look forward to coming back in the near future!!



Beaches - Fort DeSoto, Clearwater

Restaurants - Backfin Blue, Red Mesa Restaurant, Frenchy's in Clearwater
Oct 2012
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Amenities

Gulfport House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • 1 King bed, 1 Other bed
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
Outside:
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • 4 garden chairs
Attractions:
  • restaurants
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • tennis

Reviews

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The Sand Dollar: Historic Charm Meet Beach Chic in the Waterfront District
average rating of 4.7792206 based on 96 reviews
5

Great getaway, close to everything

  • 5 of 5

Rating Details:

The property manager was very helpful.

The vacation rental was spotless.

I was more than happy with the location.

I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

Overall, I recommend this vacation rental.

Reviewer Comments:

The rental unit was as shown in the pictures, unit was very clean. The kitchen was fully equipped with everything you could possibly need, except no dishwasher (that was me). I had trouble finding the unit when we first arrived, we drove right by the gated driveway when we went down the alley opposite of the directions. The unit is only 2 blocks to the heart of Gulfport, seemed like something was going on everyday. So many shops, restaurants (loved The Neptune, great Greek food), bars (O'Mallys), beach volleyball, beach with swings, kids play ground, public library (free internet access), community theater, dancing, free live entertainment, you name it, they have it all. I would recommend the unit for couples and possibly with a family of 4 with small children. I plan to stay at the Sand Dollar again if unit is available on our next visit to the Tampa Bay area.

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Palm Beach Gardens, FL
5

Awesome Sauce

  • 5 of 5

Rating Details:

The property manager was very helpful.

The vacation rental was spotless.

I was very happy with the location.

I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

Overall, I recommend this vacation rental.

Reviewer Comments:

Awesome little one bedroom located near bars and restaurants, easy access, all walking distance. This was a perfect space for my boyfriend, myself, and our small dog. Perfect place to stay for a few days to check out the west coast, I would definitely recommend this place!

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much!
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Jacksonville, FL
5

Perfect location.

  • 5 of 5

Rating Details:

The property manager was very helpful.

The vacation rental was spotless.

I was very happy with the location.

I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

Overall, I recommend this vacation rental.

Reviewer Comments:

Excellent location, close to restaurants and shops.Extremely nice accommodations. We will be back again.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: See you soon!
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Green Cove Springs, FL
4

Nice place off the main road

  • 4 of 5

Rating Details:

The property manager was very helpful.

The vacation rental was spotless.

I was happy with the location.

I was more than satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

Overall, I recommend this vacation rental.

Reviewer Comments:

The unit was nice and well laid out. Location was OK, walking the back lane after dark does require a flashlight, fortunately the cell phone does well. I will add that although it is technically a couple blocks from the beach, it is not a beach you can use due to sea grass and a high tide that covers the sand to the seawall. There is no real view from the property due to treas and other houses, but it is a garage apartment, so I was not expecting much. Local swim and sun beaches are 20-45 min's drive time. The local food is very good mostly, and there are several fine pubs and dining locations within a short walk. I don't recommend sitting on the street side tables, we were bothered by drunks on two occasions. Safety and security are OK, but there is no smoke alarm that I saw in the laundry room and the bed room fire escape stair is rusted out with noticeable holes in several treads. We did find a fire extinguisher in a closet in the last day while looking for a vacuum. Note for property manager: recommend you contact the local fire inspector for a walk through to ensure all codes are met. Also, the tax/license card in the guest binder is for the other property, the Dolphin House.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Splashy Ventures/Gulfport Florida Vacation Rentals
Owner's Response: I'm sorry there were a couple of issues while dining streetside at local restaurants. I've been dining out and streetside in this area for 15 years and never had one h incident. It definitely is not the norm. The alley way can be dark but you can also walk out the back and cut over and dart out to 53rd street and walk down it to the waterfront area on a regular street route. We will check on the smoke detector in the laundry room. The tax/license card in the guest binder is for Splashy Ventures and covers all the properties we manage (all are registered under our umbrella), although the way the licensing works Dolphin House is used as the "face" of all the properties. Stair treads on the fire escape have been checked! While we don't leave the fire extinguisher sitting out, in our arrival email we do advise guests to locate both the fire extinguisher and first aid kit upon their arrival, just in case!
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Lutz, FL
5

Kids camp

  • 5 of 5

Rating Details:

The property manager was very helpful.

The vacation rental was spotless.

I was very happy with the location.

I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

Overall, I recommend this vacation rental.

Reviewer Comments:

Great stay perfect location to Ekord College

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Paul!
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Melbourne, FL
5

The Sand Dollar

  • 5 of 5

Rating Details:

The property manager was very helpful.

The vacation rental was spotless.

I was very happy with the location.

I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

Overall, I recommend this vacation rental.

Reviewer Comments:

Very well-run operation. Clean, well-appointed, easy check-in/access. Location has that perfect balance of closeness to waterfront bars/restaurants and quiet off-street privacy. We have stayed in many rental units in Gulfport and this one ranks as one of our favorites. Thanks for an enjoyable vacation experience!

  • Submitted: May 25, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Come back anytime!
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Map

Salvador Dali Museum
Pass-a-grille Beach, St Pete, FL
Pass-a-Grille Historic District
The Hurricane Seafood Restaurant
Mazzaro Italian Market
Sunken Gardens
Merry Pier
Tropicana Field
Red Mesa Cantina
Seahorse Restaurant
Shell Key Shuttle
Backfin Blue Cafe
"Consistent, delicious - known for crabcakes!"
O'Maddy's Bar & Grille
"The place to be on a beautiful day. Great food and waterfront dining!"
Stella's
Pia's Trattoria
Gulfport Casino Ballroom
Jannus Live
Great Explorations
Smokin' J's Real Texas BBQ
"All the smoked meat is wonderful and the slaw may be the best I've ever had. All the sides ..."
Morean Glass Studio and Hot Shop
Salty's
The Brass Monkey
Spiro's Restaurant
Clam Bayou Nature Preserve
Florida Orange Groves and Winery

Dolphin watch cruises, sunset cruises, sailing lessons and sailboat charters, fishing charters, glass blowing classes, dance lessons at Gulfport Casino are all available in the immediate area! Plus Green Farmer's Market Tuesday mornings at the Art Village, Artwalk twice monthly, live music available at most local eateries on weekends. Dog park 2 blocks away. Industrial arts center with classes. Easy drive to Busch Gardens and Disney. Have a beach and theme park combo vacation!

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