Frequently Asked Questions
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If you have any additional questions, please contact us at 1-800-597-8063.
COVID-19 Update: As we continue to face the challenges of operating during COVID, we have made several operational changes including: Steaming furniture at 350 degrees, spraying all surfaces with IN-CIDE (a hospital grade disinfectant), allowing self check-in, limiting interaction between guests and staff, and practicing social distancing on our properties.
Q: How can I see rates and availability online?
A: Our advance reservations are weekly rates, please search our reservation page using Saturday to Saturday dates and up to 7 guests total. If you need help with plans for a larger group, shorter stay (3 night minimum), longer stay, or non-Saturday arrival, please contact us directly by phone (1-800-597-8063) or email us at [email protected] for help.
Q: The online calendar shows no available rooms for my dates, are you sold out?
A: Probably not sold out, please try searching Saturday arrival and departure dates, and using 2 as the number of guests, this will show all available choices.
Q: Should I worry about my family’s safety while at the beach?
A: There’s a reason the official trademark and motto of Indian Rocks Beach is ‘World’s Safest Beach’! While we of course encourage normal safety precautions, Indian Rocks is noted as one of the safest family beach destinations in the US, hence the tagline.
Q: Should I rent a car during my beach vacation at Gulfside?
A: With exceptional walkability once you arrive there is no reason to get back in your car. Over 20 restaurants and pubs, surf shops and cozy cafes are located within a couple of blocks. While you absolutely can walk to closeby establishments within a mile–a car is helpful for day trips like Disney (90 minutes by car) or to drive to nearby Saint Petersburg (20 minutes) to visit the Dali Museum.
Q: Is Gulfside Resorts Eco-friendly?
A: We are constantly working to reduce our environmental footprint and to preserve our beautiful beaches for the next generation. Some of our efforts include chlorine-free swimming pools, furniture that is made in America and natural (but effective!) cleaning products.
Q: Are there any beach rules about Indian Rocks Beach and our properties?
A: Indian Rocks Beach at the waterline is considered a public beach just like nearby St. Pete and Clearwater Beaches; however public access is only allowed at city designated beach access sites with minimal permit-only parking. There are no public parking garages unlike our neighbors in Clearwater. Since our properties are flanked by private single family homes this insures you will enjoy privacy and quiet during your time at the beach.
Q: Are there any rules regarding our properties?
The comfort and well being of our guests is our priority. As such, we enforce a no pet, NO SMOKING, NO NOISE/PARTY POLICY.
1. A $500 smoking fee will be charged for smoking in guest rooms.
2. We enforce the maximum occupancy limits for all room types. If the occupancy limit is exceeded, guests who are not registered may be asked to leave.
3. No parties are allowed in the guest rooms at any time. Anything above the occupancy limit per suite is defined as a party. While we attempt to give at least one warning, we reserve the right to take other measures in order to ensure the comfort and enjoyment of other guests.
4. Pool parties are not permitted at any time. Minors must be accompanied by their guardians at all times, and pool usage is for registered guests only.
5. All money, deposits, and rents will be forfeited in the event of an eviction. As registered guest, you assume complete responsibility for any and all damages made by your group.
6. In order to preserve the delicate beach ecosystem and to protect our nesting sea turtles, pets are not allowed on the beach. This is not the case with nearby Clearwater Beach which allows large (unleashed) dogs.
Q: Does Gulfside allow nightly guests?
A: By design, the schedule of rentals runs Saturday through Saturday–on a weekly basis. We do sometimes offer three night stays during our shoulder seasons in September and late May. Overall this translates into a quiet peaceful setting without the distraction of day trippers and nightly rentals. Approximately 70% of our guests are repeat or referral. Many guests make friends at the resort and then plan to visit at the same time each year.
Q: When will I be charged for my reservation?
A: A deposit of either $500 or $1000 will be charged at the time of booking. If the total amount of your stay is under $2500 you will be charged a $500.00 deposit if the total amount of your stay is more than $2500 you will be charged a $1000.00 deposit. The deposit does go towards your final balance.
Gulfside Resorts reserves the right to charge the final balance on the card we have on file within 30 days of guest arrival. We do make a courtesy call as a friendly reminder, but will charge the remaining balance in accordance with our cancellation policy if we do not make contact with the guest named on the original reservation. (see cancellation policy).
We reserve the right to cancel or modify reservations where it appears that a customer has engaged in fraudulent or inappropriate activity or under other circumstances where it appears that the rates or details of the reservation contains or resulted from a mistake or error.
Q: What is your cancellation policy?
A: Notice given outside of sixty (60) days prior to arrival will result in forfeiture of one night stay per unit/ per week reserved. Notice given less than 60 days prior to arrival will result in forfeiture of deposit. Full payment due 30 days before arrival. Cancellations less than 30 days forfeit all monies collected.