About this rental
LOCATION: Sand Castle I is located mid-way between Clearwater Beach and St. Petersburg Beach in the city of Indian Shores, about 30 minutes from Tampa International Airport, 90 minutes from Orlando and about 10 miles west of I-275.
ACCOMODATIONS: Condo, 2 Bedrooms + Den, 2 Baths (Sleeps 6) and under the building parking.
ABOUT THE CONDO: Our condo at Sand Castle I is a direct Gulf-front condo with great views of the beach and Gulf of Mexico from our 3rd floor balcony. Watch the beach and sunsets from the large 23 foot balcony with sliding glass doors from the living room and master bedroom. The master bedroom has a king size bed and private bath. The second bedroom has a queen size and a single bed. The den has a queen sleeper sofa. Both bedrooms and the living room have flat screen TVs, basic cable service and DVD players. The living room has a small stereo system with a CD player. The unit has free internet and phone service. The kitchen and both bathrooms have been remodeled and the unit is freshly painted and tastefully decorated. The kitchen is fully equipped with appliances, cooking utensils and dishes. The unit is equipped with a full sized washer and dryer. The balcony is equipped with adjustable electric shutters that function as great sun shades on hot, sunny afternoons.
The Sandcastle I complex has a large beach-side pool and hot tub, a sauna and a games room with ping pong and air hockey, a lending library, and free Wireless Internet service. The beachfront area has a lush tropical garden, barbeque area and picnic tables overlooking the Gulf. Each condo has designated reserved parking and the space for our condo is under the building. There is also guest parking on site.
The Suncoast Beach Trolley provides service between Clearwater Beach and St. Petersburg Beach (stops near the building) and is a convenient way to get around the beach area.
Next year (2023) the building will undergo some renovations starting in late Summer. We don't have enough of the details of the work to be done or the expected timelines to be more specific. We do know that the building will remain open and the common areas, including the pool, will be available except for periods when the actual work needs to cause some closure. If work is being performed during your stay, we will reduce your weekly rate by $200 plus tax and any time you are inconvenienced by work on our walkway or balcony we will reduce it by another $100.
Our condo is managed by Dan and Ruth McKinnon, the owners.
ABOUT THE AREA: Indian Shores is located on a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico. The area has beautiful wide white sand beaches, and is close to golf courses, malls and other shopping and a great variety of entertainment venues. The area is home to the NFL Buccaneers, the NHL Lightning and the American League Tampa Bay Rays. Several MLB teams are in the area for Spring Training. Busch Gardens is about 45 minutes away and the multiple parks of Disney plus Sea World and Universal Studios are less than 2 hours away. Bike, motorbike and boat rentals are available across the street. John’s Pass with charter fishing, boat rentals, water sport activities, shops and restaurants is about 5 miles down the beach. Other attractions in the immediate Tampa Bay area include Adventure Island, the Florida Aquarium, Sunken Gardens and the Lowry Park Zoo.
Nearby cities such as Sarasota, Bradenton and Tarpon Springs offer a wide variety of additional attractions.
Favorite Places To Eat
There are many excellent restaurants including Caddy's Pub just across the street, Crabby Bill’s, PJ’s Oyster Bar, Keegan's, Guppy’s and the five star Salt Rock Grill, all within a few minutes drive. These and many others offer fresh seafood and other favorites, several with water front dining.
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|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Min Stay|
Jan 21 - Apr 07 2023
Apr 08 - Jul 22 2023
Jul 22 - Dec 09 2023
Dec 09 2023 - Jan 20 2024
Jan 20 - Apr 06 2024
Cleaning fee: $175
Tax Rate: 13%
We rent Saturday to Saturday, one week minimum.
We require an adult at least 25 years of age for each rental.
Cancellation: The reservation deposit is non-refundable if the cancellation is less than 90 days prior to the
reservation start date. If the cancellation is prior to 90 days the deposit is refundable if the unit is re-rented less a $50
service fee. A reservation will be cancelled by us if no notification is received from the guest by 5 P.M. of the day
following the reservation start date.
Last updated on March 27, 2023
Hosted by Dan McKinnon
Member since 2018
Guestbook comments from the host:
Couldn't be nicer. Everything was perfect.
Date of arrival - April 20, 2019
“Redecorated Gulf Front Condo with Beach, Pool and Hot Tub. Includes Free Wi-Fi”
Excellent Location, Beautiful View of Beach & Pool Area
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Location was absolutely wonderful! Condo was very clean & stocked with everything you would need! We had a great time ! I would certainly love to return to this beautiful location!
This is a very nice condo, clean and beautifully decorated with everything you would need. The building, pool area and grounds are well maintained. Located directly on the beach, we watched spectacular sunsets every evening.
We will definitely return!
The enjoyable highlights of our stay were the long walks in both directions on the lovely beach, which stretches from the harbour wall at John's Pass (Madeira Beach) all the way north to Clearwater, the convenient BBQ area, where we cooked a few meals, the pub across the street for delicious meals on their patio and the access to nearby shopping areas for the evening hours.
The Condo itself was very clean and had everything we needed for an enjoyable 7-week stay and the parking space under cover was a welcome feature. The pool and jacuzzi were a daily treat and complimented our beach walking, just yards away!
We all had a wonderful time during our stay and fully recommend this location to anyone seeking a relaxing holiday here at Indian Shores. We will certainly consider a return visit anytime we are coming back to the sunbelt in this part of Florida.
We had another great week in Dan’s condo!! Always love the view and easy access to the pool and ocean with many options close by for day trips. We relaxed, lots of walks on the beach, and also ventured out to places such as Honeymoon Island, Caladesi, Dunedin, Madeira beach, and paddle boarding in St Pete. Great food and shopping options close too. The condo is always clean and well supplied. Dan was easy to reach with a question and took care of our needs! Thanks again!
Stayed: July 2022 Submitted: July 31, 2022
We are always glad to hear that our guests have enjoyed their stay.
Perfect condo for comfort and a perfect ocean view!
We have been coming to Indian Shores for many years. This is by far one of the best well kept and supplied condos with an ideal ocean view. The owners are consistently friendly, personable and available for any need. The furnishings and decor are bright and pleasing to the eye and comfort. All are certain to enjoy the beautiful beaches and ideal location where every imaginable vacation activity is within easy walk, bike or drive. Highly recommended!
Stayed: July 2022 Submitted: July 29, 2022
Beautiful and clean condo
This is the cleanest and best equipped condo my husband and I have ever stayed at! The owner, Dan, was great! It was our first time staying in Indian Shores and we loved it. We are definitely looking forward to our next stay here! Our favorite restaurants were Crabby Bill’s, Conch Republic, and Guppy’s on the beach.
Stayed: June 2022 Submitted: July 11, 2022
We are always pleased to learn that our guests enjoyed their stay and that it contributed to a great experience. We look forward to their return.
one of the nicest condo's we have stayed in
Well maintained condo with all the amenities needed for a enjoyable 2 weeks, great location, view and sandy beach. Great pool. Close to Tarpon Springs and Clearwater, shopping and restaurant's. Glad we had the opportunity to rent would give this one a 5 Star rating.
Stayed: February 2022 Submitted: March 11, 2022
It is always a pleasure for us to learn our guests are satisfied with our condo, the beach and the surrounding area.
Wonderful 2 weeks
Indian Shores beach was wonderful. Ocean view balcony. The weather was 70’s and 80 degrees. The Condo was perfect, we enjoyed the hot tub. The pool looked good we just did not get to it. I cannot say enough about our 2 weeks there. We hope to visit again.
Stayed: December 2021 Submitted: January 11, 2022
Wonderful Condo, exceptionally nice & clean, with a great ocean view !
We had a memorable time during our stay at this unit at Sand Castle I. This is a lovely condo with all the comforts of home with a wonderful decorum. We compared it with other units listed in the area and this one has the nicest ambiance that satisfied our personality. This felt like home, had plenty of room, loved the layout, and felt comfortable, Didn't want to leave when it came time to go! This unit is one of the nicest condos we have stayed in and it is nicely decorated and recently freshly painted. Loved spending everyday viewing the ocean and we enjoyed the well kept landscaping. The pool and hot tub area is well maintained, the deck is sprayed down every morning, and set up every day. We enjoyed that this area is close to Clearwater & St Petersburg. Something is always happening at the beach and we enjoyed sitting on the balcony watching the activities and sunsets. OMG the sunsets there are breath taking and a photographers muse. Long walks along the beach in either direction provided interesting people to meet and and ample exercise. Someone did fireworks one night on the beach right outside the property and drew quite the crowd, You can’t be disappointed when you stay at this unit. Dan & Ruth have done a fantastic job with this place and it is just a sheer pleasure to be able stay there. Good place, good people, fantastic sunsets, good times!
Stayed: November 2021 Submitted: December 29, 2021
We always are happy when it is apparent that our guests enjoyed their vacation in our condo.
Great condo, exceptionally clean, with beautiful ocean views!
Our family had a wonderful time during our recent stay at Sand Castle I. The condo was one of the cleanest we have ever stayed in and beautifully decorated. Loved waking up everyday to the incredible ocean views and the immaculate landscaping. Also enjoyed the option of going to the pool and hot tub. We like how it is conveniently located close to Clearwater and St. Petersburg. Great shopping and plenty of food options. Will definitely be back!
Stayed: July 2021 Submitted: July 24, 2021
It was our first stay at Sand Castle I and our first visit to Indian Rock Beach/Clearwater. The condo was very clean and well-equipped. There were beach chairs, sand toys, and a cooler in the balcony closet. The restroom off the pool area was very convenient and clean. We ate at Caddy's (across the street) twice. It was delicious and we sat at a table on the waterway. We will definitely be returning next summer! Thanks Dan and Ruth for a great condo!
Stayed: July 2021 Submitted: July 16, 2021
We enjoyed our stay at this condo! Very clean and well stocked. Big balcony with beautiful sunsets. Parking was a little tricky with a big SUV since it is underneath the condo building with tight spaces, but that would not stop us from staying here again. We loved the convenience of the third floor (we used the stairs mostly) and how close the beach was.
Stayed: June 2021 Submitted: July 08, 2021
It is always our pleasure when we learn that our guests enjoyed their stay.
Exceptional condo and vacation stay!
Sandcastle 1 unit 307...The condo was very clean and well kelp and decorated. I will say it was the best equipped condo that I have ever been in. Every detail had been considered and provided for. There was even an emergency first aid kit in one of the drawers. Knives, forks and spoons galore. The owner, Mr. McKinnon, had even provided 20 or 30 good movies to watch if you wished. We have stayed at Sandcastle 1 several times so we can say with out a doubt that the pool and grounds are kept extremely well and the beach is close in and uncrowded most of the time. Highly recommended!!
Stayed: June 2021 Submitted: July 05, 2021
It is our objective to have our guests enjoy their time at our condo and we do try to have it as nice and clean as we can so that can happen. It is a pleasure for us to have a guest tell us we have succeeded.
Beach front condo
We enjoyed our stay at Sand Castle 1. We love this area and it is close to Clearwater & St Petersburg. Many good restaurants our favorite is Salt Rock. The beach is lovely and we enjoyed sitting on the balcony watching the sunsets. The pool was very clean and the deck was sprayed down every morning. You won’t be disappointed if you rent here.
Stayed: February 2021 Submitted: March 11, 2021
PERFECT & CLEANEST condo ever!!!
CLEAN.....COZY.....FULLY equipped with everything you will ever need while away from home. Def the cleanest condo I have ever stayed in and I've been in my share. Very updated and decorated pleasantly. Many extras and the pictures on this site do not do condo justice. It was actually BETTER in person! Nice surprise. Condo elevators are fast, plenty of luggage carts and buggies to haul groceries. Great parking. Very quiet relaxed neighborhood. Uncrowded beaches, clean beautiful landscaping, pool, hot tub and surroundings. Very nice bathroom by pool complete with shower. Extra sand chairs and beach toys by gate to beach, also hose to rinse off with. This place lacked NOTHING!! We will be staying again!!! 5 star for sure~ Thank you for a great stay!!!! Use local taxi to shuttle us across the bridge to get groceries and other needs. Very reasonable and close to EVERTHING, yet not commercialized. Nice visit to John's Pass for dinner on the water and plenty of unique shops!
Stayed: January 2021 Submitted: February 07, 2021
It's always rewarding to receive a review that leaves no question that they enjoyed their stay. It's our hope and goal that everybody leaves with that same satisfaction.
Great Beach Condo
Loved the condo! Super view of the beach & all the comforts of home, right down to the decorations. I compared it to 3 other units, in two buildings, that friends rented. Those felt like rentals & needed some personality. Ours felt like home, didn't want to leave! Easy access to the beach & shops. Wonderful time had by all of us. Will rent from Dan again! A great guy, there when I called! Definitely recommend his condo!!
Stayed: July 2020 Submitted: August 19, 2020
Thanks for the review, Eddie. We are glad your enjoyed your stay and look forward to your next visit.
Great place to stay in Indian Shores
The condo has been upgraded to more modern. Great view of the pool and sunset. Clearwater beach & fantastic restaurant about 15 minutes away. Strongly recommended to go to St.Peterburgh pier which just recently reopened. Our family had a great time and looking forward to go back.
Stayed: July 2020 Submitted: August 01, 2020
We are always glad to hear that our guests enjoyed their stay.
Wonderful Condo in Glorious Location
Our stay in January could not have been more delightful. The location is simply magnificent - looking to the west from the third-floor balcony are some of the most beautiful sunsets we have ever seen. It is so comfortable, spacious, and perfectly outfitted, did not want to leave. We walked the beach in bare feet for almost 2 miles in either direction. The pool, hot tub and grounds are maintained to perfection so laying in the sun with a good book could be enjoyed from many different perspectives. Good restaurants are within walking distance or short drives and the seafood is what you would expect - excellent. Don’t miss the ice cream shop right across the street. This place is just heavenly - very comfortable, romantic, and let’s not forget warm in the winter with abundant sunshine.
Stayed: January 2020 Submitted: February 03, 2020
We are always glad to hear that our guests have enjoyed their stay.
Outstanding Vacation Venue!
Everything about this location made for the perfect girl’s trip vacation. The property and grounds were immaculate. The view from the patio of the gulf and the pool was exceptional. The proximity to the trolley stop and local restaurants and bars was so convenient. Our condo, unit 307 was absolutely perfect-well equipped with everything we needed and extremely comfortable. This location will definitely be one we return to again.
Stayed: January 2020 Submitted: January 28, 2020
We always hope that our guests are happy with all aspects of our condo and appreciate it when they can report being totally satisfied.
Unit 307 Exceeded our Expectations
Unit 307 is a beautiful and well equipped condo in a perfect family friendly location and close to many attractions. The beach and gulf are steps away. The ocean view from the condo is second to none with breathtaking sunsets. I do recommend SandCastle 1 getting new gas grills. Folks were walking next door to use SandCastle 2 grills.
Stayed: March 2019 Submitted: March 31, 2019
We appreciate the kind words and the fact that Dave and Cassie enjoyed their vactation. The grills are due for replacement along with some upgrade to the area later this year.
Very Relaxing Getaway
My wife and I really enjoyed our week in this condo. The condo was very well-maintained, well-equipped, and suitably decorated. The location was quiet and very close to the beach. The immediate surrounding area is not commercial or loud, but there are ample restaurants nearby -- one across the street. When we were not out on the beach or in the pool, we spent a lot of time each day on the balcony admiring the view and the sound of the waves. Very relaxing!
Stayed: February 2019 Submitted: February 28, 2019
We are always pleased when we learn that our guests have enjoyed their stay.
Great vacation condo
Location is great; parking spot under the building great; shopping carts and luggage carts available down by the elevators very convenient; balcony with sunsets view super; we were just 3 of us and had a lot of spare room; we'll come again.
Stayed: August 2018 Submitted: August 21, 2018
We are always glad when our guests are satisfied and happy and we look forward to another visit.
Hosted by Dan McKinnon