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Great Beach Location, Great Value, Great Reviews - Balcony, WIFI, Cable TV

Bedrooms 1
Space 505 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 28 nights


About the property

1 Bedrooom, 1 Bathroom, Balcony, Fully Furnished Ocean/Beach View Condo

Gulf Winds Resort - Best Location on St. Pete Beach! Fully furnished, one bedroom, one bath beach condo. Very well-reviewed - available for four night up to multi-month getaways. This comfy, ocean/beach view condo is on St. Pete Beach, just a few steps (1/2 a block) from a beautiful white-sandy beach with clear, turquoise water. It is professionally managed, so someone is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist.

You will feel at home in my unit with its full kitchen and layout. It is very close to many attractions including water sports, fishing, theme parks, casino cruises, and museums. The heated swimming pool stays warm year round and has a view of the ocean. This location offers privacy and amenities not found anywhere else.

The condo has wood floors in the living room, carpet in the bedroom, and tile floors in the bathroom. There is a queen size bed in the bedroom and double futon in the living room. The condo contains amenities including a HD TV with cable, DVD player, high speed wireless internet, small stereo with aux input (for your iPod, iPhone, Android, etc.), phone (free US calls), central air conditioning, complete kitchen, and linens/towels. Smoking is not permitted inside the unit, but guests may smoke on the balcony with the sliding door closed. Free parking for one vehicle is included.

Location and convenience are key when you choose your vacation destination. The condo is only 30 minutes from Tampa International Airport (TPA) and 20 minutes from St. Pete/Clearwater Airport (PIE). Orlando is less than 90 minutes away where you will find all the Disney World entertainment (Disney, Epcot Center), MGM Studios, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, Sea World and many more attractions. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is only 30 minutes away - where the rugged beauty of the Serengeti meets out-of-this-world rides and exotic animals.

The condo is 10 minutes from downtown St. Petersburg and 25 minutes from downtown Tampa. Do you enjoy watching sports? We have professional baseball, football, soccer, and hockey within 25 minutes and spring training baseball only 10 minutes away.

You will find some of the best fishing and golf courses in Florida and restaurants in the area are some of the finest you will find anywhere. You can walk just a couple of blocks to many restaurants, shops, and all sorts of entertainment. Or you may just want to hang out and not go anywhere else, as you are at the #1 ranked beach in the country.

Start your day with a relaxing walk on the beach, and end your day watching the most beautiful sunsets you have ever seen.

More Details

Chris Lavigne
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, polish, Any language accepted via email.
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 22, 2017

About Chris Lavigne

My name is Chris Lavigne. I fell in love with Upham Beach on St. Pete Beach when I was a kid. I love the beach, water, nightlife, and great restaurants - so this condo location is perfect for me...and hopefully for you as well. I travel often, so I rent it out while I am away. Let me know when you are ready book my condo for some fun in the sun!

Chris Lavigne purchased this condo in 2013

Why Chris Lavigne chose Florida Central West

Gulf Winds has the best location in St. Pete Beach. There are several restaurants, beach bars, convenience stores, beach retail stores and ice cream parlors all within 1-10 minute walk. The condo is located at Upham Beach which provides showers, beach rentals, breakfast/lunch grill and beach volley ball. Gulf Winds is by far the best value and location in St. Pete Beach.

What makes this condo unique

Condo includes what you will need to enjoy the beach such as beach chairs, beach umbrella, beach toys for kids, floats and fishing rods. If you break or lose an item, please replace it before you depart. Please return the items sand-free.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you, we had a great stay - everything was fine in the condo. Thank you for all the Christmas goodies that were put out, that was very thoughtful.

BTW, we used your beach chairs and the cooler - that came in very handy, thank you. We had a great stay and will definitely recommend you to friends and give you a call when we venture that way again.
Dec 2013
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Saint Pete Beach Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 505 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
  • Sink, toilet, shower/tub.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • 1 queen bed. 2 guests may sleep in this queen bed. Two additional guests may sleep on the futon couch in the living room.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(40 traveler reviews)

Great Beach Location, Great Value, Great Reviews - Balcony, WIFI, Cable TV
average rating of 4.475 based on 41 reviews

It’s an ideal spot on an otherwise busy beach; and an easy walk to most shopping/dining…great find!

  • 4 of 5

Our accommodations were comfortable and sufficient to our needs. When I made an error on the arrival date, Chris responded promptly and adjusted same. In addition, Chris again responded positively, When we had a problem with an item requiring replacement.

The adjacent park and beach were clean and easily accessible. The condo could use a few cosmetic adjustments, but the pricing was quite reasonable. The overall property is clean and populated with friendly renters/owners.

The fourth star is a function of an honest description of what we would experience and the courtesy of the owner.

We have already booked the same unit/time slot for next year.

Tom Kirk

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Thomas. I look forward to your return next year!
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Gulf Winds property Experience

  • 5 of 5

Our experience overall was excellent, locations, management personally were professional, easy to work with,

paid attention to details and helpful in all matters. Up to date on local events and current events and celebrations and attractions. Condominium conditions are average. On line info leads you to believe it sleeps 4, is misleading. The Queen size bed was fine. 70 style futon folded down, but without air mattress, unable to sleep on, uncomfortable for

one person. Air mattress in closet would not hold air. Had to purchase our own air mattress & pump to sleep one.

Old 60's love seat extremely worn. No chair or recliner in condo, could not comfortably watch TV or read a book.

Condo owner Chris very helpful, unplugging drain after we cleaned excessive long hair prevented proper drainage.So add INVRBO very misleading on "sleeps 4 sratement". Maybe college kids or 2 adults & childreneed. My brother and I found sleeping arrangements, less than satisfying. Owner stated he is going to update & replace furniture. I would stay there again, only after changes have been made.Property on site Manager, Theresa a great accommodating lady. Love property location to beach and great neighbouring tenants friendly & warm.

Property owners need to update barbecue areas. Only one, two grilles, for 4 buildings! Inadequate and located

long distances for some tenants. No picnic tables, poorly designed and located. Definitely problem.

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Michael. Thanks for your stay. I wanted to let you know that I have since replaced the old love seat with a new futon couch. All the best - Chris
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Had a great stay!

  • 4 of 5

Apartment is comfortable and in a good location. There are many restaurants close as well as a grocery store. Close to the beach and can see a little bit from the apartment window/balcony.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your stay, Debbie. I look forward to hosting you again for a return visit.
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Great location at great value.

  • 4 of 5

One of our favorite places to stay, right across from the beach on a quiet street, but walking distance to a lot of places. The pool area is never too busy and has a number of umbrellas. Chris keeps his unit well maintained, with beach chairs and fishing rod in the closet. The mattress is quite new and comfortable. I'm not a fan of the couch that folds out to a platform bed - I find it uncomfortable both for sitting and sleeping, but everything else is good.

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review. I've replaced the older love seat with a second - more comfortable - futon couch. Hope to have you back again soon.
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great location, clean, comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Very accommodating for last minute booking. Chris met us with the key at 7 pm on the day we booked. Clean and comfortable. A bit dated but that did not take away from our stay, and everything we needed was available in the unit. Wonderful location with steps away from the beach. Theresa at the front desk was very helpful. Very reasonable in price for the location. We would and will book again.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your stay, Constantine. Hope to have you back again.
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Lima, Ohio

Very nice property! Wonderful staff!

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I stayed for our 10 year anniversary. Very nice place! No complaints what so ever. The area is amazing. Beach is within walking distance along with everything else. Close to restaurants and other shops. Clearwater and Tampa are just a short drive away. Condo was very clean. Everything you need was provided. Will definitely come back! Thank you Chris!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Amber. Look forward to having you back again!
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Tampa Airport (TIA) or St. Pete/Clearwater (PIE)
Nearest Barpub
Numerous in easy walking distance
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Amtrak - St. Petersburg - Clearwater, FL (STP)
Nearest Restaurant
Numerous in easy walking distance
Nearest Beach
St. Pete Beach
Car: not necessary

This unit is located in beautiful St. Pete Beach, on Upham Beach. One half of a block from the beach. An easy walk to numerous shops, restaurants, bars, etc.


Rates & Availability

Saint Pete Beach Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
Nov 1 2017 - Dec 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jan 1 2018 - Feb 28 2018
28 night minimum stay
Mar 1 2018 - Mar 31 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $55 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%

I will try to match or beat any lower prices that you may find on comparable properties. Just provide me with a link to the lower price.

Although I prefer payment through the VBRO / HomeAway website, they now charge a service fee that can be hefty depending on the total cost of your stay. With that in mind, I will also accept bank cashier's checks and money orders in U.S. dollars if there is sufficient time to pay in advance of your stay. Your reservation is not final until payment is made and processed.

I provide a number of items that guests may use during their stay - beach umbrellas, toys, chairs, etc. Any items that are lost or broken should be replaced before you check-out. Failure to replace items will result in additional charges.

Cancellation Policy
In the event that a guest cancels a reservation, or the owners or management company have to cancel the arrangements due to non-payment of the balance due within the time allowed, cancellation charges will be made as follows:

* More than 8 weeks before arrival date: $50.00 USD cancellation fee.
* Between 4 and 8 weeks before arrival date: 50% of rental amount
* Less than 4 weeks before arrival date: 100% of rental amount.

At my discretion, I can sometimes be flexible with the cancellation policy. Happy guests = return guests and good reviews.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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