Put In Bay Island Club FAQs
Where is the Island Club located?
The Island Club is located in the middle of South Bass Island between the airport and the state park about 3/4 of a mile or a 10- 15 minute walk from town. There are always taxis available for Island Club guests. Over 600 people every weekend stay at the Island Club. It's fun just to meet everyone staying at Put-in-Bay's Island Club. Please check our Property Maps page for a visual overview of the island and the Island Club community.
What is your cancellation policy?
A $255 refundable security deposit is required on weekends ($103 on weekdays) to secure your reservation for an Island Club Rental Home. A $500 refundable security deposit is required on weekends ($103 on weekdays) to secure your reservation for a Waterfront Condo. If you cancel 90 days or more in advance there is a $50 cancellation fee, 45-90 days is a $100 cancellation fee, and less than 45 days you would forfeit your deposit and all monies paid unless the unit can be re-rented on such short notice.
Do you allow pets?
We urge you to contact your family vet or a local boarding business to house your pet during your stay. The Island Club community does allow pets in certain units midweek but not on weekends for safety and security reasons. Please contact the Island Club Home Rentals for pet-friendly availability.
Do You Have a Pool?
Yes, opened in 2008, the long awaited Island Club Pool is finally here. With a huge deck for sunbathing now you can walk to your own pool. Also as a guest of the Island Club your welcome to visit every major pool on the island. Pool hours are from 10am until dusk, as there is no lifeguard. The pool is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, weather-permitting. Please call for more details.
Do I need to bring anything special?
You need to bring sheets and towels and good attitudes (we love fun guests). We provide pillows and comforters. In order to conserve water and not have to wash 400 bed sets and 600 towels every weekend we ask our guests to provide their own linens for the beds and bath towels. Bed sizes are provide in your confirmation package. We can provide linens and towels for your stay for $100.00-$200.00 depending on your unit. Some other items that we do provide for you, free of charge: Paper Towels, Toilet Paper, Garbage Bags, Dish Detergent, and All Purpose Cleaner. Please call with any questions.
How do we check in?
Your reservation balance is due 45 days in advance at that time we e-mail or mail you your confirmation. You will receive a combination code for the home all you have to do is dial it in and get your keys.
Is the security deposit part of my rental?
No the security deposit is to hold and secure your reservation. The total balance plus tax is due 45 days in advance. The security deposit is returned 7 days after you check out provided the home was left in good order and nothing was broken or missing.
Can we request a certain house?
Yes you can but we are usually 90% booked by March so get your reservations in early. Put in Bay has limited lodging so the earlier you book the best chances you will have of getting the home you want.
Can we bring our car or our boat to the Island Club?
Sure, you can bring up to two cars per house. You can even bring your boat if you like, although we can't guarantee parking. Each Island Club home has a driveway for two vehicles. Each Condo has parking for ONE vehicle maximum. Some people think you can't bring cars to PutinBay but if you have accomodations it's no problem.
How far in advance should I make lodging reservations?
It is suggested that you make you reservations very early in the year especially if your stay involves a weekend. Cottage Homes and hotel rooms are limited on the Island and booking early will help insure you get the dates you want. You may book on-line by visiting our reservation request page and selecting the hotel or home rental of your choice.
How do I get to PutinBay?
We have one high-speed passenger-only ferryboat operator that services Put in Bay Island. The Jet Express link may be found in our Getting Here section. There is also the Miller Ferry for bringing over vehicles.
Do I need my car on Put in Bay Island?
We recommend you do NOT bring a car to the Island. Aside from the expense associated with transporting your vehicle, parking is very limited on the Island. Waits to get a car on or off Put in Bay Island can run as long as four hours. Golf Carts, Bicycles, Mopeds, and Taxi's may be rented during your stay.
What is the weather like in Put in Bay?
The weather at Put in Bay is much like all of northern Ohio coastal communities. In spring and fall a light jacket our sweatshirt is recommend for evenings. Island dress is casual. Current weather and a 10-day forecast may be found in our current island weather section. Just remember, it NEVER rains in our great restaurants and bars!
Do your homes have a minimum stay?
On weekends our Put in Bay vacation homes require a two-night minimum. On holiday weekends there is only a two-night minimum compared to many downtrown hotels which require three. There is a two-night minimum stay requirement Sunday thru Thursday nights where Sundays are not on a holiday weekend.
Can I bring alcohol to my home or cottage?
Yes, all of the homes featured on www.islandclub.com permit you to bring your own beverages to the privacy of your own rental home, as long as you of legal drinking age in Ohio (21). You may not bring your alcoholic beverages into any of our bars or poolside bars as they are considered part of the liquor permit premises. There is no need to bother bringing beer and wine from the mainland as we have carryouts here on the Island with prices comparable with those on the mainland. There is no liquor store on the Island.
What time do the Put-in-Bay bars close?
As a general rule, most downtown bars close around 1:30 to 2:00 am. There are many late night bars on the Island including The Brewery and Mr. Eds to name a few.
Do I need a driver's license to rent a golf cart?
Yes! Golf Carts are treated as licensed motor vehicles on the Island. All traffic laws apply including open container laws as well as drinking and driving. Delaware Carts rents to licensed drivers over the age of 18. For those under 18 but holding a valid license, a parent or guardian may rent a golf cart for your use. We recommend Island Club Golf Cart Rentals at www.putinbayislandclubgolfcarts.com
Can I walk from bar to bar with a drink in Put in Bay?
NO! As anywhere in Ohio, we have an open container law. No alcoholic beverages may leave a liquor permit establishment. This is strictly enforced on Put in Bay Island.
Do the docks take reservations?
The city docks are on a first come first serve basis for boat dockage. The Keys dock accepts reservations, and they may be made by calling 419-285-4900.
What if I miss the last ferry?
This is not recommended! Trying to find a last minute Put in Bay hotel late in the evening can be difficult if not impossible.
Do I need advance reservations for the ferryboats?
No! Our ferryboat services can transport as many as 350 people per trip and have numerous boats. Arrive early for your trip to Put-in-Bay!
What bands are playing in Put-in-Bay?
Check our Things to do pages for your favorite entertainer!
Does Put in Bay have a school?
Yes! Put-in-Bay has a K-12 school that is located in the downtown area.
Is there a grocery and a place to buy beer and wine?
Yes! There is a full service grocery on the Island on Catawba Avenue. There is a drive thru with beer and wine located next to the Boathouse Bar and Grill on Hartford Avenue.
What is your operating season?
Our season starts April 1st and our last big weekend is the Halloween weekend the last weekend in October. Off-season activities include walleye and perch ice fishing
How do you get back and forth from Put in Bay Island in the winter?
When the ferryboats stop running, there are several charter airlines that fly in and out of Put in Bay. When there is a cold winter, a few brave soles drive their vehicles, snowmobiles and 4 wheelers across the ice to the mainland.
How old do I have to be to rent a moped?
You must be 18 years of age to rent or operate a moped.
How far are you from Cedar Point?
Both ferryboat lines can be reached from Cedar Point in about 20 minutes.
Where is the best place to eat in Put in Bay?
That is a tough one! There are a wide variety of great dining choices on Put in Bay Island that serve an even wider variety of food. While touring the Island, stop in and look over the menus to determine your choice! We recommend Mr. Ed's Bar & Grille.
How many people live on Put in Bay Island in the winter?
There are about 280 full time residents on Put in Bay Island