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Fantastic and Newly Renovated to Studs plus Free WIFI & Long Distance

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,060 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6

Sand Castle I is located on a barrier island, halfway between Clearwater and St. Petersburg, with the Gulf of Mexico on one side and the inter-coastal waterway on the other. Located 35 minutes from Tampa International Airport and 90 miles from Orlando.

This direct Gulf front beach paradise is a pleasant place located on the 8th floor of the popular, family-friendly Sand Castle I Condominiums, with all the amenities of home with the pleasure of being on the beach!!. The master bedroom and living room share a large balcony directly overlooking the beach. While looking out the balcony’s sliding doors, either from your comfortable king size bed or from the cozy leather sofas, it seems like you are cruising in the sea!!

Just imagine...waking up in the morning, pouring a cup of coffee and heading out on the balcony overlooking the pool and the emerald waters of the Gulf, as well as its sparkling white beach sands. Smell the saltwater breeze as it drifts in off the Gulf. Listen to the calming sounds of the waves; admire the various different birds’ species flying by and the occasional dolphins playing along the shore. Enjoy the fabulous view of boats cruising the inter coastal waterway from the windows of the other two bedrooms. And when the day comes to an end, relax and treat yourself, from your private beachfront balcony, to a romantic and spectacular sunset full of beautiful colors while listening to your favorite tunes from either your own created Pandora radio station or the songs you brought along in your iPod/iPad. Later, drift off to sleep with the sound of the waves.

Completely upgraded, nicely renovated and tastefully decorated Condo. It has everything you need to make your vacation most enjoyable! The condo has been freshly painted from top to bottom. It has new 18”X18” ceramic tile flooring throughout the whole unit.

Completely refurnished with everything new, from lighting fixtures to ceiling fans to furniture in each room. The new open kitchen is fully equipped for gourmet cooking with new wood cabinets and granite countertops. The Master bedroom has a new King size bed. The second bedroom has two new Queen size beds. The third bedroom has a new Queen size bed as well. All bedrooms have their own 40” Flat HD TV’s. The Master bathroom has large mirror, new vanity with granite countertop and a walk-in, travertine tile shower. The hallway bathroom has also a large mirror, new vanity with granite countertop and a tub/shower that is also tiled.

The large living/dining area has new furniture including a 55” Flat HD TV with over 70 Cable Channels in addition to Netflix, Internet Radio and YouTube . Also, the entertainment center has a Blue-Ray DVD player, speakers and IPAD / IPOD Compatible Stereo. Free WiFi. Free local and long distance phone calls within US and Canada. Patio table and 6 chairs on balcony. The condo also comes equipped with central air conditioning/heat and new beach chairs, new beach coolers, umbrella, a variety of sand toys and board games for your enjoyment. We also have a Play-Yard and a High Chair for babies to use.

Pack light, an in-suite washer and dryer are in the unit as well as iron and iron board.

Whether you are escaping from the gelid climate of the North, looking for a romantic getaway, or just spending a quality vacation with your friends and family, this is the perfect place to be. Many choices exist for you to spend your day: Walk the powdery-white sands, sit at the beach, go for a swim, play beach volleyball, relax in the heated swimming pool (80 degrees) or hot tub (104 degrees), enjoy a sauna session, play some Foosball, have a ping-pong match, enjoy a good book from the library or just have a cookout in one of our free gas grills, located within the complex gardens.

You can walk to a few local restaurants along the new laid walking trail along the Gulf Boulevard.

A Trolley stops in front of the building and runs from Clearwater to St. Pete’s beach. If you prefer fishing or boating, there is a Boat rental dock just across the street; where you can also rent bikes or motorbikes to adventure in the surroundings. For shoppers, the choices are endless within a short drive. Also, within short driving distance are numerous activities including a seasonal Farmers Market, Florida Botanical Gardens, Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, shopping, libraries, theaters, galleries, museums and dining from simple al fresco outdoor cafes to gourmet fine dining.

Busch Gardens in Tampa, Adventure Island and the Florida Aquarium are less than 45 minutes away. Fishing, golf courses, and water sports are also nearby. You also may go to John's Pass to experience their waterfront restaurants, fabulous shopping and water excursions. You may also venture out for a day trip to Disney, Sea World and Universal Studios in Orlando (about 90 miles away). There is plenty to entertain you in a week…exactly what you want for a beach vacation.

Finally, for those looking for nightlife, clubbing in Clearwater is only 15 minutes away or make the 35 minute drive into Tampa.

With so many amenities on this beautiful property and attractions nearby, this is the perfect spot for couples, families, and all who are seeking the very best vacation ever! Experience a vacation you will never forget!! A vacation atmosphere that will cause you not to want to go back home: Perfect accommodations, delicious food, great shopping and magnificent sunsets!. Check calendar for availability

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More Details

Property Manager
Juan Molina
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 5, 2017

About Juan Molina

My wife Rosa and I (Juan) live currently in Pittsburgh, PA. (This will give you an idea why we chose this warm and beautiful place in Florida). Our daughter lives in Cincinnati, our son in Manhattan and have several family members spread out in 3 different states in USA as well as 4 different countries in the world. We were looking for the perfect place to share with all of them and our friends, Everybody agreed that such a place should be right at the beach. We have always loved the beach and have many great memories of our times at the beach. Walking the beach in the evening is a favorite activity. The whole family agrees we found a fantastic paradise spot.

Juan Molina purchased this condo in 2012

Why Juan Molina chose Indian Shores

Finding a location that would offer attractions for all of us and would satisfy all of our needs was an important factor in our decision criteria. We were looking for a place at the beach, within 30 minutes from the airport and close enough to Orlando to have the opportunity of fun day excursions to the theme parks. We were very lucky to receive the experienced assistance of Cyndee Haydon (from Charles Rutenberg Realty) in our search. After a long exploration of the Greater Tampa surroundings and their beautiful properties, we finally settled for our unit at Sand Castle I because it offered everything we were looking for, We love Indian Shores because it is the quietest, most relaxed section 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 Intercoastal 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. We are very thankful to Cyndee for her wise advices and experienced consulting in finding this property!

What makes this condo unique

Location, location, location! This is what makes this property so unique. Steps away from the beach, intercoastal viewing of the narrows, great fishing, Huge pool, boat slips, minutes from the mainland! Not to mention the exceptional cuisine found at many local restaurants. It's a Tropical Paradise! Our condo offers fantastic sunsets viewed from our large balcony, the convenience of a full kitchen and ensuite laundry, comfortable furniture and many extras that enhance our guests' stay. We provide all you need for a relaxing vacation - you provide the bathing suit. Just kick back, relax and listen to the waves while you enjoy the sunset!


Indian Shores Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 8
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1060 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , Newly renovated throughout with granite countertop
    Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , Completely renovated added new travertine shower & bench
  • All bathrooms have new vanities with granite countertops, new light fixtures, new large mirrors and new tile floors
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 queen , With views of Intercoastal Waterway
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Complete with own flat screen TV
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , 1 baby crib , Completely renovated Gulf front w/sliding doors to balcony.
  • All bedrooms have their own 40 inch HD LED Flat Screen TV. The Master Bedroom has a Play Yard for infants to play and sleep.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Sauna
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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average rating of 4.818182 based on 11 reviews

Best Family Vacation Ever

  • 5 of 5

My family's 1st vacation to Florida and it was more then I could of ever expected! I 1st wanna say what a great rental place this is to deal with! I have had wonderful communication for months and months before our trip with Anna. No matter what questions I had she always had a answer for me. We were in love with Indian Shores from the moment we pulled on to Gulf Blvd. Everything we needed was within a few miles of us. We had so many restaurants to choose from locally- or we could drive a few miles and be in Clearwater in 15 mins. The condo we stayed in was just as described plus more. It was so clean and had so many extras here and there that had been left for us Incase we needed-which were probably left from previous renters. I had brought beach towels but also found lots of beach towels in the condo for us to use. I was gonna have to buy a umbrella-beach chairs and floats at the beginning of the week and on the blagony there was a closest full of 3 umbrellas- 5 beach chairs-tons of floats-boggie boards and sand castle building toys. It was so great not to have to buy any of this. The washer in dryer was wonderful-we kept all the towels washed up. The kitchen was fully stocked with dishes n pans-it was so great to not to have to eat out every meal. The beach was amazing. It wasn't crowded like Clearwater- it was more laid back. I felt confident in leaving my beach bag with my stuff in it while we were n ocean. Sunsets were just beautiful. The sand was the whitest sand I have ever seen in my life. My family loved it-I love it! I will highly recommend Sandcastle 1 to everyone. The next time I come to Florida I will be back to visit you again!! Thank you all for all you did !!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great condo

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time and the condo accommodations were excellent. We were pleasantly surprised to find a closet full of beach gear including umbrellas and floats. We thought we would need to buy or rent these items when we arrived. Condo was clean and met all of our needs and more! Hope to come back!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great condo, crowded, noisy complex

  • 3 of 5

The condo has a wonderful view of the ocean, and great amenities like a pool and spa. Very well equipped unit, excellent beach toys, nice kitchen. Beds were very comfortable, unit has everything you need!

Our only issue was the complex itself. It was very crowded with lots of kids and tons of noise, often till 11PM at night (or later). People in the pool, in the halls, in the common areas being loud (and lots of them).

If you have a lot of kids, this place is probably perfect, if you're looking for peace and quite, look elsewhere!

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear guest We deeply regret that your experience was not 100% satisfactory to you. The week that you stayed happen to be during the crowded season of Spring Break. We take your feedback very seriously and have communicated this issue to the Administration. They assured me that they will have security personnel during peak seasons to avoid this incident to happen again.
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Ontario, Canada

Perfect Holiday

  • 5 of 5

An ideal updated condo in an ideal area right on the beach. We have been coming to this area for the past ten years. This was our first stay at Sandcastle 1 and we were completely delighted with the well kept building and updated condo unit. This condo is well equipped - a home away from home. You have even thought to include baby necessities, such as high chair and playpen, as well as beach toys and beach towels. Wonderful balcony to enjoy the sunsets.This unit is close to many restaurants, shopping and several major league baseball spring training fields. A terrific choice for a vacation.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Brenda Thank you so much for your kind review. We really feel great that you enjoy your stay and look forward to have you again in the near future Rosa and Juan
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Wilmington, DE

monthlong stay

  • 5 of 5

The information provided by the woners is accurate as are the pictures. We were not disappointed and we highly recommend this condo. Our ownly negatives were a noisy elevator in the early morning, which only affected the third bedroom and our inability to figure out how to get the close captioning to work on the TV so that my mother could enjoy the programming. This is not bad for a monthlong stay that deleivered on every promise the owners' made. Nice job!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2014
  • Stayed: January 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Mary Jo! We are very glad that you enjoy your stay in our lovely condo Rosa and Juan
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Girls Week!

  • 5 of 5

Very nice condo. Can't beat the view or the location. I love that it sits on a very narrow road with the gulf on one side and the inter-coastal on the other. Beach is narrow and never crowded, I've been there during spring break and in the off season and it's never crowded. Lots of places to eat within walking distance. St. Pete's is only 20 min away (max) same with Clearwater. Tarpan is about 45 min. For those of us that love Costco, that's only about 35 min away. Condo was great, completely renovated, you will not be disappointed!

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2013
  • Stayed: October 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
24.9 Miles
Tampa International Airport
Nearest Barpub
The Pub
Nearest Golf
3.8 Miles
Baypointe Golf Club
Nearest Train
28 Miles
Amtrak Train Station, 601 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa
Nearest Motorway
9 Miles
Interstate 275
Nearest Restaurant
The Pub
Nearest Beach
Indian Shores
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.

Additional information about rental rates

Insurance fee $51
Cleaning Fee $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%

Please note that the discounts offered refer to the base nightly rate of $175/night. Depending on the season, the same % discount will apply to the seasonal rate

Cancellations and Refunds: The Advance Rental Deposit is non-refundable for any cancellation received less than 90 days before the arrival date.

Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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