Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927

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

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


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

Darryl Glenn
Member since: 2004
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2018

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 Indian Shores

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
  • 1 of 23


Indian Shores Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
  • 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
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • 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
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 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)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • 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
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


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(94 traveler reviews)

97% Complete
2% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
90+ Reviews!! Gulf Retreat I: Spectacular views, luxurious comforts
average rating of 4.9787235 based on 117 reviews

The property was clean and welcoming

  • 5 of 5

Darryl and Isobel are great - they leave a "welcome basket" which is really great for that first night while we get settled. The condo is always clean and ready for us to begin our vacation!

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

2nd time around

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at the Gulf Retreat. Both times have been early December. Everttyhing just as we remembered it. This time I even got to film a manatee up close right under my feet by the jetty. The view is breathtaking and the jetty is a little piece of heaven to just sit and watch the world (well boats, dolphins and pelicans mainly) go by. Daryll and Isabel are so helpful whenever you need them. We are back again in April 18 and can’t wait. Thanks to you both. Mike and Pat

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Traverse City, MI

Beautiful Condo with Stunning Views

  • 5 of 5

Walking in and seeing the vast wall of windows will take your breath away. The photos do not do justice to this condo. The owners have thought of everything and if you need anything they are a quick phone call away. This spacious condo has more storage space than most homes! The master bedroom/bath are huge and well separated from the 2nd bedroom and bath. The 2nd bedroom is definitely set up for kids. Twin beds, a dresser and small hangers in the closet, etc. So if two couples are traveling together this may not be the best choice. With just the two of us, the condo seemed very spacious. My husband loved the private fishing pier. He was there most days and had great fun with "catch and release" of a wide variety of fish (and a small shark). The pool is small but it is certainly not busy so that was not a problem. The downside for me was that the pool is right off the road. Foliage offers privacy but does nothing to block the noise. We love the Indian Shores area for its wonderful variety of restaurants.

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Highly recommend!

  • 5 of 5

Our family loves to vacation in the Indian Shores area, and this condo was the icing on the cake! The view from the balcony was simply amazing. We spent a lot of time on the balcony watching dolphins and enjoying the peacefulness. The condo itself was roomy and nicely furnished. We loved the proximity to the beach and the use of the pool. Each night we would go to the pier and fish. There are many nearby restaurants and attractions. The owners of this condo went above and beyond to make us feel welcome and make our vacation stay a great one! We hope to return to this condo again in the future!

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
bangor pa


  • 5 of 5

The view from the balcony is SO RELAXING! The beach and the pool are within walking distance. We LOVED having the bikes and the grill. The condo is equipped with everything you need and is beautifully decorated! The only one thing I can say is the king bed is too hard. (maybe buy a thick padded mattress topper?). This place is a GEM!! We LOVED IT!!

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

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: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Nearest Airport
15 Miles
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


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning Fee $95 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%

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

You might like these similar properties