|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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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
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
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.
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!
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!
Thank you Darryl and Isabel for allowing us to rent Gulf Retreat.
I can still remember the WOW feeling when I opened the door to the condo for the first time.
The condo is well appointed with everything that you will ever need while on vacation.
Gulf Retreat is the perfect location for a golf and beach vacation.
Golf courses are close and the beach is really clean and safe with a gradual slope.
There are plenty of good restaurants near by for great meals. Loved the sea food!!!
I spent many a morning having coffee on the balcony overlooking the Intercoastal waterway.
We used the BBQ to cook up some steaks for the American Thanksgiving and ate them on the
Everyone that we met at the condo complex were very friendly and gave us advice for our Indian Shores stay.
November was the perfect month to be in Indian Shores as the weather was fantastic and no crowds.
Anyone looking for a first rate condo in a fantastic location than Gulf Retreat is it.
Thanks again Darryl and Isabel
My husband and I stayed in Darryl & Isabel's condo for our honeymoon and enjoyed every second of it. The condo is clean, spacious, has beautiful views of the intercostal waterway and is equipped with everything you will need for a perfect beach vacation. Darryl & Isabel are so sweet and made our arrival extra special with a bottle of champagne waiting on us to celebrate.
The location is perfect! You are just a short drive to Clearwater and a short drive to John's Pass. The area is very nice and the neighbors we met were also very friendly. The beach was not crowded at all, which was relaxing! We enjoyed fishing off the dock and the very short walk to the beach (across the street and beach access about a block or two away). On our last day, we enjoyed hanging out by the pool that is located on the property.
I will be referring this condo to my family and friends and will hopefully be back again soon!
Thank you Darryl & Isabel!
We stayed in the Gulf Retreat from July 4- July 11. We have rented several houses/condos from VRBO and have never had a bad experience, but this condo is easily our most favorite rental we have ever stayed in. There aren't enough good things I can say about this condo. It was our first trip to Indian Shores; we usually vacation to Panama City Beach. We decided to drive a couple of extra hours and we are so glad we did. This condo is just as it is pictured, only better. It could not have been more clean or more well-decorated or more well-equipped. The view from the master bedroom makes it hard to get out of bed! I'm a nature lover/bird watcher and staying on the Inter-coastal Waterway is something I highly recommend. I would wake up early every morning to enjoy my coffee on the balcony, watching blue herons and dolphins. We were blessed with 7 full days of perfect weather. We spent half of our trip on the beach; the wagon Darryl and Isabel provide make it so easy to haul everything you need for a wonderful day at the beach; it's only a 5 minute walk. We spent the other half relaxing by the pool. The location couldn't have been more quiet and peaceful. It's close to great restaurants and not far at all from St. John's Pass where the boys spent a day on rented jet skis. It's also close to the Clearwater Aquarium where we had a girls day visiting Winter the dolphin, from A Dophin Tale. You HAVE to check out the new ice cream shop right down the street, named Haze. The ice cream is hand made and we had it every night!! I could honestly go on and on about the Gulf Retreat and about Indian Shores!!!! Halfway through our trip I even emailed Darryl trying to book the condo again for Spring Break, but they were already booked and I can understand why! We will DEFINITELY be back and we highly recommend the Gulf Retreat!!!
This is the second time staying at one of Darryl and Isabels condos. Both are in Mariner Pointe and they are equally clean and well equipped. Our favorite thing is to sit on the deck in the mornings and watch the manatee and dolphin in the Intercoastal Waterway. There is a place to rent kayaks about a half mile up from the condo next to The Pub (great food and drinks) so you can kayak and see them up close. The beach is a short 5 minute walk and the garage houses the beach toys, umbrellas, chairs and a wagon to pull it all with. There is a cooler too to tote your drinks. Johns Pass is a short drive from the condo with good shopping and fun water sport activities. On the way home from there stop in at the Conch Republic to eat. Best food ever! Back to Darryl and Isabels condo.....They welcome us with a very appreciated basket of goodies and the condo is very comfortable and spacious. There is cable and internet too but heck who has time for that when you are in paradise? If you are even thinking of a vacation near here please do not hesitate to rent this condo or their second one. Great service and communication between us. Always responds whether it is via email or a phone call. We will be back again and again. My family of 4 absolutely loves it there.
Loved staying here. Owners answered all my questions promptly. Stayed a mile down the road last year and this place was much better and cost less. Have already recommended to friends and would definitely stay here again.
Very beautiful and comfortable condo! Amazing views, lots of wildlife activity and fairly private. Great location for relaxing at "home" or venturing out to the many beaches that the gulf has to offer. Darryl and Isabel make the whole process easy and stress free starting with our first communication, being just a call away throughout our vacation and following up when we were back home. They have all of the typical vacation "wants" covered, plus! We had a wonderful time and we started to miss Indian Shores and our home away from home the moment that we left. We will be back and we will be looking for availability at this Gulf Retreat when we do.
Other Activities: Boating, Mini Golf, Wildlife Viewing
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jan 29 2017 - Apr 15 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
Dec 24 2017 - Jan 28 2018
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$300|
|Cleaning Fee||$95 + Tax|
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.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.