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 at From the United Airlines home page, click on “Advanced search.” At the bottom of the “Book a Flight” page, under “Promotions and certificates,” enter the offer code ZG75224160.

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

Agreement Code: 224160
Z Code: ZG75

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.

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 Guy Harvey Resort is available to Vision Sciences Society 2019 meeting participants.

Shuttle Hours
Arrivals: Thursday, May 16th and Friday, May 17th, 9:00 am – 9:00 pm.
Departures: Wednesday, May 22nd and Thursday, May 23rd

A charge of $25 per person, each way, will be automatically billed to your TradeWinds Resort room account.
All reservations must be made by May 1, 2019,. For more information or to make a reservation, please call (866) 403-3303 Monday – Friday between the hours of 10:00 am and 6:00 pm EST. Identify yourself as a Vision Sciences Society 2019 attendee.

Super Shuttle
Reservations can be made 24 hours a day online or by calling (800) 258-3826. When making a reservation online, your discount will be applied at checkout. If you are making your reservations by phone, please be sure to use the group code “9PVS3”. This code is valid from May 13 through May 26, 2019. 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 $25.50 one-way.

Prices subject to change.

Public Transportation

Taxi rates between the airport and St. Pete Beach average $70 to $75. See Taxi Service from the Tampa International Airport.
See St. Pete Beach Information for local bus and trolley fares and schedules.

Ride Sharing

Ride Sharing is available by logging into MyVSS and selecting “Member Services.”

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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