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80+ Reviews!! Gulf Retreat I: Spectacular views, luxurious comforts

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

2 BR, 2 BA, sleeps 6

Please view the comments from our previous guests. They all loved it and you will, too!

Wake up on Indian Shores' intercoastal waterway... view playful dolphins from the comfort of your king-size bed... watch the boats head out to the Gulf... Walk the powdery-white sands... Relax on the private balcony overlooking nesting sea-birds...

• Waterviews, waterviews, waterviews!

• Just steps to beach (approx. 150 yards)

• Washer/Dryer in unit

• Computer with high-speed cable internet and WiFi

• Unlimited long-distance calls (USA and Canada)

• Upgraded digital cable TV package

• Private 1 car garage with 2 remote openers

• much more!

Keywords: Waterfront Condominium

More Details

Owner
Darryl Glenn
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 15, 2017

About Darryl Glenn

Isabel is from Spain and we met while I lived and worked there for ten years. During our years there we enjoyed traveling throughout Europe and especially staying in the quaint Bed and Breakfasts that are so typical there. We made notes of all of the things we liked and disliked about everywhere we stayed and planned to one day have somewhere unique and cozy of our own to offer to vacationers.

In 2000 work brought us to St. Petersburg, Florida. In 2004 we purchased a condo in Indian Shores, just a few miles from our home. We decorated it with nothing but the best (Isabel is an Interior Decorator and has her own business). As guests began to know us and word began to get around we soon had a steady flow of visitors and a full calendar. Just repeat visitors were nearly keeping the unit booked. In 2008 we decided to buy a second unit, with the exact same floor plan and the same extraordinary views, just a few steps away. We call them our Gulf Retreat 1 and Gulf Retreat 2.

Darryl Glenn purchased this condo in 2004

Why Darryl Glenn chose Florida Central Gulf Coast

We love Indian Shores because it is the quietest, most relaxed part of Sand Key, the barrier island that runs along the Gulf shore from St. Pete Beach to Clearwater. It is the narrowest part of the Sand Key, only 150-200 yards across where we are located. That means you can enjoy both the Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico only a few steps apart.

Indian Shores is the last part of the coastline in Pinellas County that preserves a small-town feel. Gulf Blvd. is still just a two-lane road and the speed limit is 35 m.p.h. There's is only one traffic light in Indian Shores. There isn't as much asphalt as you see to the south or north of us, a lot fewer high-rise buildings and none of the tourist traps. While you will find all the restaurants and conveniences you need near-by Indian Shores is still primarily a residential, family-oriented community.

What makes this condo unique

Our view is of the Intracoastal Waterway, the body of water that separates Sand Key from the mainland. We love it because of all the boat traffic - it's fun to watch. The dolphins are always a joy to see, too. They are most active early in the morning or at sunset. Manatee are a little harder to spot, but are always around, too.

When the tide is low there is a sandbar that emerges from the water just off our balcony. The seabirds all come to feed there and it's wonderful entertainment.

And the Intracoastal Waterway is beautiful to behold at night, when the lights from the boats and other properties reflect off the surface. You must see it to appreciate it!

And of course the beach is just across the street. It takes just a couple of minutes to get there walking. It's never crowded and always relaxing. We have beach toys, inflatables, beach chairs, an umbrella, a cooler... everything you need except a good book and suntan lotion! And we even have a handy cart to put everything in and wheel it across the street!

Guestbook comments from the owner

My family and I stayed in unit 603 for 1 week in April, and we have found our yearly vacation destination in the area! The condition of the unit was exactly as pictured, and the location is excellent as well. Beach access is across the street (about a 3 or 4 min walk), and there's also a small convenience store next to the property. The store came in handy on those days when I wanted/needed something and was too comfy in my beach gear to get changed and drive somewhere else! The master bedroom suite was very nice: the king bed was very comfortable (even the sheets were soft), and the double sinks in the master bath were a huge hit, too. The washer and dryer in the unit are newer models and worked quite well. It was nice to have the option to have clean clothes when I packed up and went home. We ate breakfast on the balcony every morning, and even got to watch the dolphins in the cove for about 10 or 15 minutes. My daughter was beside herself with excitement! The neighborhood was friendly and the property grounds are well taken care of and clean. We spent a couple afternoons at the pool, which has facilities located right there and plenty of lounge chairs. My daughter loved having pool “toys” to bring with her. We did use the grill several times; the option was nice since we had minimal clean up! All in all, we will be returning in 2014 and hopefully many years to come. Indian Shores, Florida is my family’s favorite vacation destination (Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, Big Cat Habitat and Sanctuary, and the Florida Aquarium). Thank you, Darryl, for providing such a wonderful place for our family vacation!
Apr 2013
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Amenities

Indian Shores Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib
  • King size bed (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Inflatable mattress (1), Baby Crib (1)
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
For a complete list of amenities, please visit our web site. Some things we offer that you might not expect: - Private garage (fits one car, with remote opener) - Private fishing/dolphin watching pier - Beach chairs and beach umbrella - Games (cards, checkers, backgammon, chess, etc, ) - CD music library - Desk area in living/dining room area with WiFi, computer and unlimited, high-speed internet access

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average rating of 4.9772725 based on 111 reviews
5

Spacious condo, beautiful views, a truly relaxing week

  • 5 of 5

Relaxing, effortless....that is what I want my vacation to be and this rental was just that from start to finish. From the initial reservation to small questions during our stay, Darryl was always readily available and willing to assist with whatever we needed. The condo had more than enough room for our family of four and we loved being able to make dinner at home with the well equipped kitchen. I can't say enough about the amazing views of the waterway. What fun it was to wake up each morning and see the amazing wildlife and boaters passing through just outside our window. The walk to the beautiful, white beach was super easy and we LOVED having the wagon to be able to pile all of our junk into. We loved that the beach access close to the condo was not busy at all. I truly can't say enough about what a wonderful experience we had.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful experience

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable,spacious,well maintained and good location.You will not be disappointed with this condo.Wonderful view of the intercostal and all that nature provides.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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5

Outstanding Condo with a wonderful view

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable,spacious,well maintained and the view of the Intercoastal was second to none.You will not be disappointed if you stay here.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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5

Family of 5 -wonderful trip!

  • 5 of 5

We loved Gulf Retreat! After an early flight, we were able to get into the condo early and settle in. It was full of natural light, had vaulted ceilings, and it was very spacious. The master was perfect with en suite bathroom. The 2nd bedroom was awesome for our teenage sons. The condo had everything that you could ever need for a beach stay. The wagon and beach "stuff" made it super convenient for the quick walk to the beach. We would definitely stay there again!

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect family getaway!

  • 5 of 5

This spacious and beautifully decorated condo is the perfect location for families who enjoy fishing off the pier, watching dolphins from your balcony, swimming in the pool, or walking across the street to enjoy the sandy beach! Plus the large equipped kitchen and grill allow you to cook your meals in comfort. The garage is a great bonus to secure your car and keep it cool from the sun. My family thoroughly enjoyed staying here and would highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great position!

  • 5 of 5

Had a really great time. Condo so well placed for the beach and with great views of the intracoastal. Well equipped both for indoors and outdoors. Great communication with the owner who replied very quickly to any questions and also supplied bikes when we inquired about availability. Overall terrific and we would definitely book again. Indian Shores is such a great spot- we think the best area on this part of the gulf.

  • Submitted: May 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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Map

Nearest Airport
15 Miles
TPA
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
The Pub
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
The Pub
Nearest Beach
0.01 Miles
Indian Shores
Car: recommended

Other Activities: Boating, Kyaking, Paddleboarding, Fishing, Mini Golf, Wildlife Viewing

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $95
Damage Deposit $300

Arrival/departure days are Sunday. Exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis. In certain instances we may allow a stay of less than 7 nights. Payment by personal check (in U.S. Dollars) is preferred. We accept cashiers checks or money orders in U.S. Dollars as well.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund