Transportation

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

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

United Airlines is pleased to offer discounts for VSS attendees. You may book online using the offer code ZJHJ507671. Discounts are not available for Basic Economy.

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

Agreement Code: 507671
Z Code: ZJHJ

Airport Ground Transportation

Resort Shuttle

Transportation from either Tampa International Airport (TPA) or St. Pete/Clearwater Airport (PIE) directly to the TradeWinds Island Grand or TradeWinds Rumfish Beach Resort is available to Vision Sciences Society 2020 meeting participants. There is a group discount of $22 – $25 per person, based on 3 or more travelers.

Shuttle Hours
Arrivals: Thursday, May 14 and Friday, May 15, 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Departures: Wednesday, May 20 and Thursday, May 21 (consult the sign-up sheet at the transportation desk in the lobby of the TradeWinds Island Grand)

It is recommended that reservations be made at least 2 weeks prior to the date of travel. For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Shirley DiGregorio at 727-343-3303, Monday – Friday between the hours of 10:00 am and 6:00 pm EST. International travelers may email Shirley DiGregorio at resorttransportation@yahoo.com. Identify yourself as a Vision Sciences Society 2020 attendee.

Additional Options

The Airport websites provide additional ground transportation options, including shared vans, taxis, uber, lyft, and public transportation. Taxi rates between the Tampa International Airport and St. Pete Beach run from $76 to $87. The taxi rate between the St. Pete/Clearwater International Airport and St. Pete Beach starts at $36.
Tampa International Airport
St. Pete/Clearwater International Airport (PIE)
Orlando International Airport (MCO)

Public Transportation

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

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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