Airport Information

Tampa International Airport (TPA) is about 30 miles from the TradeWinds Island Resorts. See Ground Transportation from Tampa International Airport.

St. Pete/Clearwater International Airport (PIE) is 20 miles from the TradeWinds Island Resorts, however there are very few flights servicing this airport. See Ground Transportation from St. Pete Clearwater International Airport.

Orlando International Airport (MCO) is approximately 120 miles from the TradeWinds Island Resort. See Ground Transportation from Orlando International Airport.

Airline Information

United Airlines is pleased to offer discounts for VSS attendees. You may book online at and enter Offer Code ZYBE976832 in the Offer Code box when searching for your flights.

If booking through a travel professional or United Meetings at 800-426-1122, please give them the following information:

Agreement Code: 976832
Z Code: ZYBE

Note: There will be a $25 service fee collected, per ticket, for all tickets issued through United Meetings Reservations (by phone). This fee is subject to change without notice. The service fee is nonrefundable and applies to all itineraries, one-way or round-trip.

Discount available for the following airports: Tampa/St. Petersburg (TPA) and Orlando (MCO).

Ground Transportation

Resort Shuttle  VSS has arranged for discounted transportation from the Tampa (TPA) or St. Pete/Clearwater (PIE) airport to the meeting hotel, the TradeWinds Island Resorts. The advantage to using the hotel’s shuttle service is that they provide door-to-door service without all the extra stops plus the charges will be automatically billed to your TradeWinds Resort room account. The one-way VSS fare is $25/person (gratuity not included). The Hotel Shuttle Service will be available for arrivals on Thursday, May 18 and Friday, May 19, 2017, and for departures on Wednesday, May 24, 2017.

All reservations must be made in advance by April 28, 2017. For reservations, please download instructions. For more information, call (866) 403-3303 between the hours of 10:00 am and 6:00 pm ET, Monday – Friday. Identify yourself as a Vision Sciences Society 2017 attendee.

For reservations after April 28th, please call the Tradewinds at (866) 403-3303 for availability and rates.

Super Shuttle  Reservations can be made 24 hours a day online or by calling (800) 258-3826. If you are making your reservations by phone, please be sure to use the group code “EKL47”. This code is valid from May 12 through May 30, 2017. The following discounts will apply at check-out: $2.00 one-way or $5.00 round-trip.

Shared Ride service from Tampa Airport to the TradeWinds is $25 one-way.

Exclusive non-stop van service can be reserved for:

up to 3 passengers – $58
up to 5 passengers – $80

Prices subject to change.

Taxi rates between the airport and St. Pete Beach average $70 to $75. See Taxi Service from the Tampa International Airport.

Public Transportation

See St. Pete Beach Information for local bus and trolley fares and schedules.

Ride Share Board

Ride Share is available by logging into MyVSS.

Driving Directions

TradeWinds Island Resorts
5500 Gulf Boulevard, St. Pete Beach, Florida 33706
(727) 367-6461

From the North
From I-75, take I-275 to Tampa and remain on it through Tampa and across Tampa Bay. Continue south on I-275 approximately 15 miles through St. Petersburg. Proceed from * below.

From the East
Take I-4 west into Tampa. Stay in the left hand lane and follow the signs for I-275 South “To St. Petersburg” past downtown Tampa and across Tampa Bay. Continue south on I-275 approximately 15 miles through St. Petersburg. Proceed from * below.

From the South
From I-75 take the I-275 exit “To St. Petersburg” (not Tampa), and over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge (toll). Proceed from * below.

From Tampa International Airport
Follow the signs to I-275 South “To St. Petersburg” and across Tampa Bay. Continue south on I-275 approximately 15 miles through St. Petersburg. Proceed from * below.

From St. Petersburg/Clearwater Airport
Turn left out of airport onto Roosevelt and follow signs to I-275 South through St. Petersburg, approximately 13 miles. Proceed from * below.

* Exit I-275 at the St. Pete Beach/Pinellas Bayway Exit (exit 17). Proceed west across Pinellas Bayway (toll) which takes you directly to St. Pete Beach and ends at Gulf Blvd. Turn right and the TradeWinds Island Resorts is on the left side of the street, about 1.5 miles north.

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