Frequently Asked QuestionsWhat are your check in and check out times?
Our changeover day for renters is on Saturday. The check in time is 4 p.m. and check out time is 11 a.m. to allow our cleaners ample time to clean our condo. We have a combination lock for your convenience. The lock combination is time exact so please keep that in mind when planning your arrival time to the condo.
Can I park at your condo and what if I have more than one car?
We have one assigned parking space in our parking garage. Additional parking is available in our parking garage or in front of the building. You must obtain a parking pass within 48 hours of your arrival for any vehicles that will be staying on the condo property during your visit.
What airport is the closest to your condo?
The two closest airports to our condo are Tampa International Airport. (25 miles away) and St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (15 miles away).
Where can I find driving directions to your condo?
If you are driving from your home, we suggest using a gps or visiting http://www.mapquest.com for detailed driving directions from your location. The address to our condo building is 15000 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach, Fl 33708. When you arrive at Ocean Sands there are two buildings. We are in building #2 which is the building on the right.
What if I don't have a car?
If you don't have a car, you can take a shuttle from either airport to our condo. Our convenient location provides a grocery store, dollar store and drug store directly across the street as well as many other vendors and restaurants. There is also a trolley right outside the condo that runs every thirty minutes and goes from St. Pete to Clearwater.
What should I pack?
Comfortable clothes and shoes are really all you need but don't forget to pack your sunglasses and sunscreen! It's warm and sunny year round in Madeira Beach but temperatures can dip as low as the 50's at night from November to March so you may want to pack a sweater. We have a small selection of books but if you have a favorite, bring it along! We have a tablet available to access the internet and our alarms clocks offer Bluetooth to connect your own Ipod or Ipad. Don't forget your camera to capture the dolphins and all those beautiful sunsets! Be sure to pack anything else that might make your trip even more memorable!
We have a fully stocked kitchen with all utensils, dishes, glassware, pots and pans, microwave, toaster and Keurig coffee maker. You'll find flat screen tvs and bluray players in the living room and both bedrooms. One king and two full beds offer new Iseries Vantage plush mattresses. We have hotel quality pillow and bedding with extra pillows and blankets available. There is a safe available for your valuables and hair dryers in both bathrooms. A full size washer and dryer are available. A starter amount of dishsoap, paper towels, toilet paper, tissues and laundry soap have been supplied. There is a grocery store directly across the street for your remaining grocery needs. We have beach chairs, beach towels, a beach umbrella, cooler, boogie board and beach toys so you can enjoy a day at the beach or the pool. We have a small selection of books, blurays and dvd's available for your viewing pleasure. We have free wifi and cable, which includes Cinemax, and long distance calling within the U.S. and Canada.
What are the pool hours?
The pool hours are posted in the pool area. Opening and closing of the pool and spa is determined by weather conditions and is regulated by the condo association.
Can I bring my pet?
Although we consider our pets family and wish we could bring them everywhere we go, pets are not allowed by renters at Ocean Sands due to the condominium rules and regulations. We hope your pets don't miss you to much while you're gone and know they'll be excited to see you when you get home!
Can I smoke in your condo?
Smoking is strictly prohibited within our condo and on our balcony. There will be an additional cleaning and damage fee accessed to anyone smoking in our condo.
Any safety tips?
Your safety is our main priority. There is a fire extinguisher located in the condo in the laundry area. Please do not light candles or leave items on the stove unattended. Please see our welcome book located in the condo for detailed safety information regarding the pool and beach. We take your safety very seriously and are here to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Who do I call if something doesn't work?
We don't think you'll have any problems since everything in our condo is new, but you can contact our Property Manager or us at anytime during your stay if something isn't working properly. You will find a welcome book in the condo when you arrive with our contact information. Please remember that the condo association maintains the property but it does not maintain inside our condo so please do not call them if something is not working..
What's the weather like in Madeira Beach?
Madeira Beach has comfortable weather all year round. The hottest months of the year are August and September. The coolest months of the year are January and February. Daytime temperatures can range from the 60's to the 90's depending on the time of year. Evening temperatures can drop into the 50's in the winter months. The rainy season is between November and February but don't worry, we've provided umbrella's too! For the most up to date weather be sure to check The Weather Network before you arrive.
What do I do if there's a hurricane?
In the unlikely event of a hurricane, you will be required to follow all hurricane warnings and county evacuation orders, if requested. We are registered with the Pinellas County Emergency Management Department's Community Emergency Notification System and will notify you immediately of any emergency notifications we receive along with instructions on how to proceed.
What is there to do in Madeira Beach?
There is so much to see and do in Madeira Beach and the surrounding areas. We have compiled a list of useful information and area attractions to help plan your visit. Please visit our information page for a complete list.
What if I have to cancel?
We understand that things happen and plans must sometimes be changed. All cancellations received in writing with more than 30 days notice will receive a full refund. We're sorry but we're not able to issue any refunds with less than 30 days notice.
What is the HOA guest fee?
The HOA fee is the fee Ocean Sands charges for registering guests and for providing a parking pass.
Will I see dolphins when I visit?
Dolphins play regularly in the Gulf of Mexico right outside the condo. While we can't guarantee you'll see dolphines, they come by at different times almost every day so be sure to keep checking!
We took this picture one January morning while having breakfast on the balcony: (see our photos page for more dolphin pictures)
What are your house rules?
Our house rules are simple, be neat, be respectful, be polite and have fun!!
Please contact us today to see if your vacation dates are available!
We hope everything is perfect during your stay and welcome any
comments or suggestions that would make future stays even better!