About this rental
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Once you're in our 'Florida condo, you can enjoy beautiful sunsets every evening from our ninth floor balcony with a completely unobstructed view looking West over the wide sandy beach and the Gulf of Mexico.
Both our kitchen, and the two bathrooms have been fully-renovated with new fixtures, cabinetry and appliances.
Our condo is equipped with dedicated and secure Free Wireless Internet, Free Unlimited Long Distance calling anywhere within the United States and Canada, and an extended High Definition cable television package including ESPN, SHOWTIME, and ON-DEMAND programming. The condo has three televisions: the main Sony Bravia 32" flat screen television in the living room, a second 24 "LG flat screen television in the Master Bedroom, and a third television and DVD player for gaming with easy-access gaming hookups in the second bedroom. The condo also has a cordless telephone, and a Sony CD/AM/FM/IPOD player and charger.
Our condo comfortably sleeps up to five people. The Master Bedroom invites peaceful relaxation with a brand new hotel style pillow-top King-size bed. The Master Bedroom also has a fully-renovated four piece bathroom, and a beautiful unobstructed direct beachfront view through the sliding doors leading to the balcony.
The other two bedrooms are brightly lit, and overlook the Inter-coastal waterway through large picture windows, with a great view of the sunrise in the East. The second bedroom is equipped with two double beds, with a single bed available in the third bedroom.
We are located in the popular and family-friendly Sandcastle 1 Condo Building, which is halfway between Clearwater and St.Petersburg, and approximately 25 minutes to the Tampa International Airport. The Clearwater-St.Petersburg Airport is even closer.
Our condo is freshly painted in cool and inviting Florida-tone colors, was recently updated, and is tastefully decorated. The condo comes fully-furnished, with a brand new dedicated air conditioning unit, plus an in-suite washer, dryer, fridge, stove, dishwasher, microwave, garbage disposal, coffeemaker, blender, toaster, kettle, kitchenwares, a vacuum cleaner, and an ironing board and iron for your convenience.
The condo also has a "Baby Trend" crib and highchair for your little ones.
The condo also comes equipped with beach chairs, sand toys, a beach umbrella, and Boogie boards, along with a selection of paperback and hard cover novels for your enjoyment. We also have a beach cooler, and travel mugs for you to enjoy your coffee or a cool drink by the pool or the ocean.
Our unit is also equipped with a Schlage-brand keyless/keypad entry system for your convenience and security, allowing you to head to the beach without worrying about who brought the keys. There's also no risk of being accidentally locked out in your haste to hit the beach!
The Sandcastle I complex has a large beach side pool and hot tub, together with a games room with ping pong, a book lending library, and free Wireless Internet service in the games room as well. There are also two gas barbeques on site.
The beachfront area has a lush tropical garden and barbeque area with picnic tables overlooking the ocean, and a beach volleyball court. Each condo has one designated reserved parking spot.
The area has beautiful wide white sand beaches, and is close to dozens of restaurants, ice cream stores, coffee shops, and pizza places, appealing to all tastes and price-points. There are also several malls, mini-putts, and championship caliber golf courses in the immediate area, along with power boat, kayak, beach bicycle, and scooter rentals.
Our condo is also a short drive to the sports facilities which host the NFL Buccaneers, the NHL Lightning, and the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team of the American League. Disney World is approximately eighty minutes away by car. Busch Gardens is about a thirty minute drive. Several Major League baseball teams base their Spring Training in this area, including the New York Yankees, the Philadelphia Phillies, the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Toronto Blue Jays, among others.
But it's the unforgettable sunsets from the balcony that keep most Guests coming back, as the sun continues to amaze and delight every night! Don't miss the chance to enjoy our spectacular 'second home' in Florida!
Guests enjoy a totally unobstructed view of the Gulf of Mexico. The sunsets from the spacious oceanfront balcony are spectacular!
Miles of uncrowded, soft white sand run north and south of the beach right in front of our condo.
A large, heated pool and hot tub run parallel to the building and there are plenty of loungers and tables with umbrellas and chairs available to enjoy the maximum sun and fun, as well as the amazing view of the beach and the Gulf of Mexico.
Why Kids Love It
The wide open soft sand beaches are ideal for building sandcastles with the beach toys provided . The warm Gulf waters are shallow and calm for all swimmers. Kids can also enjoy running and playing games along the miles of soft white sand. Families can rent 'beach cruiser' bicycles at Island Marine, located across the street from the condo. They can then cruise down the beach and back up Gulf Boulevard in the designated 'Bicycle Lane', visiting fabulous Ice Cream shops, Coffee shops and bakeries, a wide variety of delicious restaurants, Beach stores and fabulous Smuggler's Cove Adventure Mini-Golf with live alligators!
The Indian Shores area is family friendly and perfect for all ages! Conveniently located between Clearwater Beach and St. Petersburg, guests can enjoy the peaceful, uncrowded soft, sand beach beach and the local coffee shops, ice cream stores and restaurants in the area of our condo or they can head to the countless attractions available nearby in Clearwater , St. Petersburg, and Tampa.
Attractions Within Walking Distance
Caddy's Pub restaurant is across the street from the condo. You can enjoy amazing food and drink on their spacious patio and enjoy watching all the boats, big and small, travelling along the Intercoastal Waterway.
Lulu's Ice Cream and Candy Shop is a a short walk from the condo and well worth the trip!
Nearby Smuggler's Cove Adventure Golf is a mini-golfer's dream and you can feed the gators there, too!
There are Coffee Shops, Beach Stores, and restaurants serving everything from pizza to fine dining delicacies that you can walk to or you can hop the Suncoast Beach Trolley and tour Gulf Boulevard north to Clearwater Beach or south to St. Petersburg!
Favorite Places To Eat
Caddy's Pub is a casual beach restaurant offering fabulous food, drink and outdoor patio fun on the Intercoastal Waterway.
Original Pizza has the best thin crust pizza on the beach, as well as so many other favorite Italian dishes.
Salt Rock Grille, Guppy's on the Beach, and PJ's Oyster Bar are also delicious, fine dining restaurants nearby.
Other Vacation Rental Amenities
Large Communal Hot Tub beside the large communal heated pool.
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|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Min Stay|
Sep 30 - Dec 15 2023
Dec 16 2023 - Jan 26 2024
Dec 17 2023 - Jan 27 2024
Jan 28 - Apr 28 2024
Apr 29 - May 26 2024
Cleaning Fee: $175
Tax Rate: 13%
Owner's Cancellation Policy
25 percent is due and payable upon booking.
The balance is payable two months prior to arrival.
Bookings at this property are non-refundable.
Last updated on November 25, 2023
Hosted by Trish Whiffen
Member since 2017
Year Purchased: 2007
About the owner: We are a family of 5 who have stayed in the Indian Shores area many times and we always look forward to returning to our Sandcastle home!
Why this property? Sandcastle I has the most beautiful, white sand beach and gorgeous gardens which are lovingly maintained beside the large and welcoming pool and hot tub area.
Our condo,itself, has everything you need to enjoy a wonderful beach holiday, with a spacious balcony which runs the length of the Living Room and the Master Bedroom. The huge 'wall windows ' and sliding glass doors open on to the huge balcony. The daytime views are amazing and the sunset views are spectacular!
The Indian Shores area is very 'family friendly', with restaurants, coffee shops, beach shops and mini-golf nearby. Gulf Boulevard itself has only two lanes for cars, yet there are two lanes for bicycles and two lanes for pedestrians.
If you don't want to drive you can hop on the Suncoast Beach Trolley which runs from Clearwater Beach right past our condo in Indian Shores and down to St. Petersburg.
Links to more information:
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Guestbook comments from the host:
We had the best week! The condo was perfect for what we needed. Owners responded quickly to questions we had. It was nice to have beach chairs and a cooler to use from the condo since we flew.
Great view from the 9th floor balcony.
Published Apr 12, 2023
We had a great trip to Indian Shores. The condo was just what we needed. The view from the balcony is just incomparable. The area was great for families, not as busy as some other areas, but everything we needed was close by. The condo owners gave us a lot of great info and were so easy to work with. Thanks for a great vacation!
Great Beach Condo
What a great beach vacation spot. It's just steps from the beach. Many little things that made it a great place to stay. Wonderful sunset views and walks on the beach. I would highly recommend.
Stayed: April 2023 Submitted: April 22, 2023
Trevor and I are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your vacation at our Florida condo! We love to hear that our Guests enjoy our condo, and the area around our condo, as much as we do. Walking the white sand beach and taking in the spectacular sunsets from the balcony of the condo are two of our favorite things to do when we visit, too! Trevor and I thank you for renting our Florida condo and we hope that you can return sometime soon! - Trish and Trevor
Great condo, better view
Condo was clean and everything worked as expected. Ping pong table in the lobby was a nice addition. One of the two elevators was expired by a solid year, and didn't always work, but did not detract from the lovely condo. Beach is clean and the Gulf was extremely calm and warm. Even saw some dolphins from the balcony. My only complaint about the condo itself: the faucets are too close to the back of the sinks and will dribble water on the counter if you don't turn them on enough.
Stayed: July 2019 Submitted: August 13, 2019
Trevor and I are so happy to hear that you and your family were able to enjoy all the recent renovations and upgrades to our Florida 'second home'! We, too, love to take in the spectacular views from the balcony, including watching the dolphins swimming by in the warm, calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico! We appreciate hearing about the faucet and we will be sure to see what can be done to fix the glitch. We do hope that you can return sometime soon! Thanks again! -Trish and Trevor
Great views and a wonderful stay in #903
Trish and Trevor have a beautiful Condo that has everything we needed for a relaxing vacation. We saw Manatee's, Dolphins and schools of stingrays from the 9th floor balcony. The new appliances and king sized bed in the master bedroom were fantastic. Trish went out of her way to make sure we had a enjoyable vacation.
Stayed: July 2018 Submitted: July 10, 2018
Trevor and I are so happy to hear that you had a wonderful stay at our condo in Florida! We, too, love the amazing views from the balcony! Trevor and I try our best to take care of our Guests and to make each vacation the best it can be. Thank you for letting us know that all the recent upgrades to the condo also contributed to you experiencing such an enjoyable vacation! We do hope that you can return to our Florida 'second home' sometime soon! Thanks again!-- Trish and Trevor
Hosted by Trish Whiffen