In Indian Shores, just south of Clearwater, this charming cottage awaits anyone seeking a beach getaway! This 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom vacation rental is less than 200 feet from the beach and comes equipped with 3 flat-screen TVs for the occasional movie night! Take the family to Clearwater Marine Aquarium or the Florida Botanical Gardens! Book a fishing charter for a day on the ocean or simply relax and enjoy a drink on one of many local beaches! Sun, sand, and surf await at this coastal retreat!
SAND & SURF: Indian Shores Beach Access (161 ft), Tiki Gardens - Indian Shores Beach (0.3 miles), Reddington Shores Beach (1.5 miles), Indian Rocks Beach (3.4 miles), Treasure Island Beach (7.7 miles), Sand Key Beach (8.4 miles), Clearwater Beach (9.8 miles)
NEARBY ATTRACTIONS: Smuggler's Cove Adventure Golf (0.1 miles), El Pescador Fishing Charters (1.0 miles), Seaside Seabird Sanctuary (1.3 miles), Boca Ciega Millennium Park (3.7 miles), Florida Botanical Gardens (5.4 miles), Clearwater Marine Aquarium (10.3 miles)
ST. PETE SIGHTSEEING: John's Pass (6.7 miles), Tropicana Field (14.7 miles), Chihuly Collection (15.3 miles), Dali Museum (19.4 miles), Museum of Fine Arts (16.2 miles), Saint Petersburg Pier (16.8 miles)
EAT & DRINK: Original Pizza & Restaurant (499 ft), Salt Rock Grill (0.3 miles), Indian Shores Coffee (0.4 miles), The Dog & Parrot (0.4 miles), Caddy's (1.1 miles), Angry Pepper Tap House (2.6 miles)
AIRPORTS: St. Pete–Clearwater International Airport (13.9 miles), Tampa International Airport (25.9 miles)
First of all, I want to thank Vince for being so welcoming and communicative. He gave a friendly greeting and responded quickly to a couple questions we had.
Second, the cottage. Very clean, very comfortable and for the price, it absolutely can't be beat. There were a couple of nicks here and there, but well appointed, with comfortable beds, a fully stocked little kitchen and three TVs! We were there to go to the beach, of course, but it was really nice having an option of chillaxing in front of the tube in the living room or the bedroom... and HBO was free!
Third, the location... fantastic! The beach was 30 steps from our door, the sand was powdery and bright white and the sunsets were superb.
Overall, this was a wonderful place and a wonderful trip and we'll definitely be back!
Let me start out by saying I'm NOT a complete snob when things aren't the way I expect them, but this place was just plain horrible. When you look at the photos, the place looks nicely remodeled with a great taste in furniture. We were excited to stay here. Upon arriving, we discovered that the house had sand all over the floor and couches - okay, we did some sweeping. Not pleased but also not surprising because it's by the beach. We had to wear shoes in the house the entire time.
The bathroom was gross. No wonder there is no photo of the shower floor. There was hair all over the bottom and it was super old and black. The tile is crazy old and run down - def not how the photos show. The bathroom sink was clogged and would barely drain the entire time so we had to brush our teeth in the kitchen sink. There was also not enough toilet paper over the course of 3 days.
We had 6 people staying there, which was allowable, yet there were NO extra blankets or sheets for the couch. Thank goodness we had a couple extra blankets we traveled with and we used those for our kids. Beware that the couch does NOT become a bed. What you see is what you get. One of our kids had to sleep on one side and one on the other.
The beds and pillows were horribly uncomfortable. They were the cheapest IKEA polyester pillows (large and hot) and IKEA mattresses. We had to strip one of the sheets and pillow cases because it was stained pretty badly and was gross. Bring your own pillow if you must stay here.
There were also 4 towels for 6 people for 3 nights. How was that okay? Especially when you have to shower so many times after salt water. I texted the owner and he said he would get some out there by the end of the day. Well, that was not upheld. The next day, I found another number and the gal was super helpful, apologized, and dropped off newly purchased towels for us. Next thing I know, I received a very rude text from the owner that I was to never contact the other gal again unless it was a dire emergency. I texted him back telling him he had promised to get us missing items, like towels, extra sheets/blankets, and toilet paper, but he didn't respond even to this text after scolding me.
We were never able to sleep in past 7am because there was construction nearby and the noise was very loud. Nice vacation when you can't get enough rest.
Beware that the main door has at least a 1 to 1.5 inch gap where any insect, snake, or lizard can easily make their way into the house. In our case, it was palmetto bugs, in other words, Florida cockroaches The first night, I heard something tapping along the floor and it just gave me the shivers. Upon getting out of bed, I almost stepped on an upside down cockroach, legs still wriggling. We discovered several more dead ones around the house. Not sure if they came in while we were there or the cleaners aren't very thorough (there was an empty soda bottle under the bed, so most likely, the latter). I did let the owner know that there were roaches, hair balls behind the doors, dirty window sills with bugs and dust, clogged sink, dirty towels and sheets, and not ENOUGH towels and toilet paper. He did offer to let me stay another night free, but that was the last thing I wanted to do. We couldn't wait to get out of there. Thankfully, we were refunded for 1 night.
Also, on the last day when we were leaving, we stripped the sheets and the mattresses were hideous. They had spots and stains everywhere. One of them had a large coffee spill or something. Why wouldn't you buy a mattress protector at least so that doesn't happen? Especially since you have so many people sleeping on the same bed. Yuck.
I give this place 1 star because it is close to the beach and another star because of the attempted modern decor. Everything else about it was just plain bad. Don't say you weren't warned.
Vince was in touch the day before we left, no check in anxiety! Right on the beach. Great location. On the trolley line, connecting all the beaches and it runs late. So no need to drive drunk! There is a little construction across the street. Starts at 7 am. Bring ear plugs
*This review was originally posted on Vrbo
Cottage was perfect for small get together. Only a few steps from the beach. Fun time!
*This review was originally posted on Vrbo
Super relaxing place! Roomy cabana nestled on the gulf in a charming old-school setting. Inside looks modern with new furnishings and a good-sized living/dining room combo featuring two plus walls of windows, so plenty of light. Well appointed bedrooms, a sizable tv area, and a small, open kitchen. Best feature though is the beach access of course, with a good sized outdoor dining area before the sand. Tan first, chill later - we’ll be back!
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