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50 5-Star Reviews, Expansive Views, Dolphin & Manatee Watching!

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Condo, 2 Bedrooms + Sofa bed, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

The best waterviews and comforts kept our guests coming back to our Gulf Retreat 1 (VRBO Listing 43893). Eventually we found that so many people wanted to come back that we had to turn many of them away due to lack of availability. But no more: Announcing Gulf Retreat 2! The same floor plan, amenities and luxury appointments as our Gulf Retreat 1. Most importantly, the same fabulous VIEWS, and just a few feet away, in the same condo association.

Please scroll down on this page to see the comments from our previous guests or to find the link to our dedicated website for the most complete information.

FANTASTIC VIEWS from waterfront top (third) floor unit on Intercoastal Waterway. Watch wild birds, dolphins, and boats from very private balcony (you do not see, and are not seen from, other units). Garage, Pool, Quiet.

Fifteen (15) miles of wide white sand, never crowded, beach is easy access across street, great for walking, jogging, hiking, biking, fishing, and sunsets. Great location on beautiful Sand Key Island about midway between Clearwater and St. Pete beaches. Private fishing pier with bench on Intercoastal Waterway.

Spacious 1400 square feet with cathedral ceilings, open space design, large master bedroom that overlooks Intercoastal Waterway and opens onto balcony. Quiet, only four units in building. Deluxe completely furnished in 'Key West' style with king bed in master bedroom, two twin beds in guest bedroom with superior mattresses, queen-size sleep sofa, private single-car garage with remote openers.

Washer/Dryer in unit. Refrigerator with ice/water dispenser. Heated pool on grounds.

• 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

• much more!

Restrictions. 7 day minimum. No elevator, you will walk up two flights of stairs (but wait until you see the view!!). Must be at least 25 to rent. Sorry, no pets are permitted. Quiet hours 10:00 PM -8:00 AM. (This is not a party building.)

Keywords: Condominium Waterfront

More Details

Owner
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 traveler experience.

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 19, 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 2006

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

Dear Darryl and Isabel:



Thanks for laying on the record-breaking temperatures (!), 93° - 99°, as well as a surperb condo. Stepping in a looking through the wide windows was like watching a wide-screen movie... 24 hours a day.



What a view - and what activity in the inland waterway. We were amazed at the diversity of birds large and small, their hunting differences for the fish - and the constantly jumping fish themselves. And, of course, the magic of dolphin, many and in groups of up to 4. Better than a nature park and all in comfort and shade on the balcony.



Similarly inside (just who else can watch all this activity from their bed?!). All so spacious and comfortable and so well equipped. Liked the garage "car cooler" spot, with the door opener (not all rentals provide this).



Beach just yards away was great, but much better to stay on the inland side. All in the whole family were impressed and delighted by it all. Pity it was not endless!
Jun 2010
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Amenities

Indian Shores Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Family
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Macintosh Computer
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) queen size sofa bed
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Inflatable Boat
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
3 Cordless Phones, 4 Overhead Fans, 3 DVD Players, 2 Vcrs, Coffeemaker, Blender, Glass-Top Stove, Deluxe Side-By-Side Refrigerator with Water and Ice through the Door, All Eating Utensils for 8, Non-Stick Cooking Utensils, Washer and Dryer in Unit, Vacuum Cleaner, Loads of Cupboards and Counter Space with 4 Bar Stools, Heated Pool (Shared), Beach Chairs, No Smoking Except on Balcony

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50 5-Star Reviews, Expansive Views, Dolphin & Manatee Watching!
average rating of 4.9814816 based on 93 reviews
5

Nice and quiet place , we are very satisfied!

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for the quiet place - after bad experiences last year and we found it ! Close to the beach and gym ( which was important for us ) . Thanks for bikes 🚲 we used it pretty often! See you next Spring, I am pretty sure 😜

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're very happy you enjoyed yourselves during your 6-week visit. Hope to see you again soon (and not just because of the wonderful chocolate you brought us ;-) )!
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Amazing dolphin views, another great week

  • 5 of 5

This was our 2nd year staying in a unit owned by Darryl and Isabel. This unit, like the other they own, was fully stocked with towels and necessary items. This makes it very convenient when traveling by air. The condo was very clean and nice with great views of the intercostal. We saw dolphins almost every day. Can't wait to visit again next year!!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Second visit to this condo !!! Loved it just as much as the first time !

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic well equipped , outstanding views, close to the beach and quiet ! Wonderful restaurants walking distance and super friendly people ! Will visit again soon !!!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Great Condo, Spectacular Views

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed at Gulf Retreat for the month of February 2017. The condo was spectacular and exceeded our expectations. It was the nicest condo that we have occupied in the 4 years that we have been coming to the Indian Shores area. The view of the inter-coastal waters from the balcony was amazing. We enjoyed spending time sitting out there watching the birds, boats, dolphins and other wildlife. Darryl and Isabel are wonderful hosts and responsive to all your needs. The people around us in the other condos were friendly and we enjoyed our conversations with them. We really felt like we were at home. If you are looking for a great place to stay in Indian Shores, the Gulf Retreat is the place.

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A wonderful condo and location!

  • 4 of 5

A great location and Darryl was always available for any questions/issues we had. The condo was comfortable and had almost everything we needed - and the view was outstanding from the living room and master bedroom! The beach and pool were great, and we really enjoyed walking south on the beach for about a mile, crossing back over to Gulf Blvd and getting our morning coffee and muffin at the local coffee shop "IndianShores Coffee" - wish we had discovered it sooner! Mickey Quinn's had great burgers and drinks - another short walk in the afternoon or evening. We hope to stay there again next year - and I am hoping to stay even longer!

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Indian Shores Vacation.

  • 5 of 5

The condo was even better than described, location and views from the condo were spectacular. Can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Tampa International Airport (TPA)
Car: not necessary

Live Theater (Clearwater, Tampa, St. Pete, Sarasota), Museums (Tampa, St. Pete, Sarasota), Parks, Trolley Runs Length of Beach (trolley stop in front of condo), Dolphin watching tours, John Pass Village .

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Rates & Availability

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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

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.