Accommodations

VSS 2018 Hotel Reservations

The official VSS block of discounted rooms is SOLD OUT.

To be put on a wait list, contact Vision Sciences Society directly at

Overflow Hotels

There are several hotels located on the beach within walking distance of the TradeWinds. The two closest properties are the Sirata Beach Resort and The Alden Suites. Other hotels include Howard Johnson’s and the Grand Plaza Hotel.

TradeWinds Island Grand

The TradeWinds Island Grand is the meeting hotel for the VSS Meeting. Booking a room here means you are only steps away from the meeting rooms, poster sessions, and social events. There are several room types available at the TradeWinds Island Grand. See below for a description of each room type available for VSS attendees.

Room Types

Standard Room: $160
Two double or King available upon request. (300 sq ft)

Tropical View Room with Balcony: $180
View of Pirate Island and surrounding landscape, two queen beds or King available upon request. (300 sq ft)

Standard One Bedroom Suite: $190
Two double beds in a separate room, a sofa bed that pulls out to a double; can accommodate up to 6 people. (384 sq ft)

Gulf Front Room with Balcony: $200
Two queen beds, stunning view of beach and Gulf of Mexico. (300 sq ft)

Tropical View One Bedroom Suite with Balcony: $225
Two queen beds in a separate room, a sofa bed in living room area that pulls out to a double; can accommodate up to 6 people. (536 sq ft)

Tropical View Two Bedroom Suite with Balcony: $345
View of Pirate Island and surrounding landscape, two bedrooms and two bathrooms, plus a living area with double-size sofa bed; can accommodate up to 10 people. (820 sq ft)

Amenities at Island Grand

All Island Grand rooms include wet bar with mini fridge, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, and mini-bar; hairdryer, iron/board.

The $45.00 resort fee provides access to overnight parking, daily paper, wireless internet in guest rooms and common areas, fitness center, in-room safe and business center. Also included are one hooded beach cabana daily, use of tennis courts, 3-story waterslide, Triple WipeOut surf ride, paddleboats along the waterway, mini-golf, campfire s’mores, beach volleyball, beach games and more.

Guy Harvey Outpost

The Guy Harvey Outpost is the sister hotel located 100 yards from the Island Grand, a short seven-minute walk to the meeting hotel by street or by beach.

Government Rooms

The official VSS block of government rate rooms is SOLD OUT. Government rate rooms for VSS attendees are available at the Guy Harvey.  These rooms are limited and will be filled on a first come first-served basis. To reserve a Government rate room, send an email to and include the following information: first name, last name, # in party, arrival date, departure date. Note: To obtain the government rate, you must present your government ID upon check-in.

Standard Room: $145
Each room comes with two double beds and offers a fully stocked mini-bar and complete wet bar area with mini-fridge, microwave oven and coffee maker.

Overflow Hotels

There are several hotels located on the beach within walking distance of the TradeWinds. The two closest properties are the Sirata Beach Resort and The Alden Suites. Other hotels include Howard Johnson’s and the Grand Plaza Hotel.